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Dana School of Music
Youngstown State University

Phone: 330.941.3636

Email: regoldberg AT ysu DOT edu

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Dana Young Artist Competition 2016

 The Dana Young Artist Competition, held each year in November, is open to juniors, seniors and graduate students who are enrolled in applied music at the Dana School of Music. The winners will perform their competition repertoire with the Dana Symphony Orchestra or the Dana Chamber Orchestra in Spring 2017. They will also be encouraged to perform at the last convocation of the fall semester.

This year's competition will be held on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at Stambaugh Auditorium beginning at 1 PM.  The competition will be open to the public.

Rules for Contestants

  1. All applicants must be enrolled in major-level applied music lessons at the Dana School of Music for the instrument on which they will perform.
  2. Previous winners of the Dana Young Artist Competition are ineligible, with the exception of students entering on a different instrument.
  3. Only one entry per student is admissible.  Students may enter only once at the junior level, once at the senior level, and twice at the graduate level.
  4. The judges may select up to three winners.
  5. Music must be performed from memory.
  6. All selections must be accompanied by a standard piano reduction.
  7. All performances at the competition are limited to 15 minutes. Abridged accompaniments (i.e. introductions, tuttis) are acceptable. After 15 minutes, performances will be cut off without penalty. In the event that there are more than 15 entries, performance times may be limited to 10 or 12 minutes. If there is a change in length requirements, competitors will be notified by November 4, 2016.
  8. Studios are required to withdraw incomplete or unprepared entries prior to the competition day.

Application Procedure

  1. Download the application form, available on the Dana School of Music website.
  2. Complete the application form. Your applied teacher must sign the form. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  3. Deliver your completed application form to Sue Urmson in the Dana School of Music office, by no later than 2:00 pm on Friday, October 28, 2016.

Dana Audition and Registration 2017

Audition Dates:
Saturday, 2/11/2017* (To be considered for a music scholarship)
Saturday, 2/25/2017* (To be considered for a music scholarship) 
Saturday, 3/18/2017 
Click here to register

For more information or questions call the Dana Office at 330-941-3636 

Founded over 140 years ago, the Dana School of Music is one of the oldest music schools in the United States. More than 50 faculty and staff maintain a tradition of conservatory-style music training in a metropolitan university setting. Offered to our students are a wide range of degree programs and majors. Bachelor of Music degrees are awarded in composition, music education, music performance, jazz studies, and  recording technology.  Candidates may also earn the Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in music history, music theory, or applied music. At the graduate level, programs leading to the Master of Music degree are available to full or part time students in the areas of composition, theory, education, history, performance (including conducting) and jazz studies.

In 2004, the Dana School of Music was designated an All-Steinway School. With a value of $837,000, 68 new Steinway pianos were delivered to the Dana School of Music, making YSU the first public university in Ohio to be designated an All-Steinway School.

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