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The Young Artists Program (May 30-June 27) offers a wealth of opportunities for aspiring young talents to experience intensive training at a top professional level. With a wide variety of programming, every active participant receives the fullest possible benefit through performing and interacting with world-class musicians. Highly challenging and stimulating, the Young Artists Program has achieved its fame as one of the leading international summer piano programs worldwide.
Each Young Artist is required to prepare a complete concerto and to take part in the concerto competition during the first week of the Program. Six winners will be selected to perform with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the host orchestra of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Please refer to Concerto List. Accompanists will be provided and rehearsals will be scheduled prior to the competition. Selected winners will have one session with the conductor and one full rehearsal with the orchestra prior to the concert. Please note that only complete concertos are accepted.
Young Artists who are not selected in the concerto competition may have an opportunity to play chamber music with a professional string ensemble. Winners of the concerto competition are not eligible. When submitting application form please indicate if you wish to participate in the chamber music. Only one movement will be performed. There will be one full rehearsal with the ensemble prior to the chamber music concert.
Master Classes and Private Lessons
There will be 18 master classes throughout the program and each master class will be 4 hours in duration in which 4 Young Artists will perform. Each Young Artist will perform in three master classes and receive four private lessons. Pieces presented in master classes must be played from memory and at a performance level. Extra private lessons may be possible through individual arrangement with the faculty member of their choice, at an additional cost.
All young artists are required to play in recitals, open to the public. There will also be off-campus recitals in public libraries and museums. Repertoire is entirely free choice. Duets and two-piano works are also highly encouraged.
The Institute warmly welcomes observers of all ages. This is a great opportunity to experience the teachings of twelve different artists of international standing, to attend various concerts, and to join in all the social functions. Active observers will be entitled to three pre-arranged private lessons and, by recommendations from the faculty members, may perform in recitals. General observers may also request private lesson at an additional cost. Availability of each faculty member and lesson fees is subject to individual arrangement. The Institute will provide teaching studios for lessons upon request.
All Young Artists (performers or observers) are free to attend all other events, including the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, within the duration of their enrollment. Please see the comprehensive calendar.
Scheduled practice time on grand pianos with approximately six hours per day is arranged for each performer. Other practice rooms with upright pianos are also available at all times. Observers are most welcome to use the practice facilities when not occupied by performing young artists. Additional unscheduled practice time is available between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. All practice rooms are open 24 hours a day.
Accommodations and Meals
All participants are encouraged to stay in the TCU dormitory, within walking distance from the music building. Costs of double room range from $20 to $28 per night, and single room from $30 to $38 per night. University cafeteria and other places to eat are all within easy walking distance.
Program Fees and Scholarships
Young Artist: $1,100
(A number of scholarships are available upon request, subject to evaluation.)
Active Observer: $600
General Observer: $350
||Monday, March 8, 2004, postmarked (U.S.A. & Canada)
Monday, March 1, 2004, postmarked (outside U.S.A.)
||Monday, April 19, 2004, postmarked
||May 10, 2004, postmarked
Announcement of selected Young Artists: Monday, April 12, 2004
(also posted on website)