2018-2019 Mason Young Artists Competition Guidelines
Eligibility Requirements: Artists must be between 16 and 21 years of age on October 27, 2018 and be a Polk County, Florida resident or enrolled in a Polk County educational institution. Artists of voice, piano, strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion are invited to apply.
Important Dates: Applications must be received by 12:00 p.m. on September 21, 2018. Applicants will be notified of judges’ decisions on September 28, 2018. Finalists will compete in person Saturday, October 27, 2018 between 10 a.m. – 12 noon (Florida Southern College, Room B202).
Instrumentalists must submit an unedited video recording of themselves performing one complete movement of the work proposed for performance with piano accompaniment.
Vocalists must submit an unedited video recording of themselves performing two complete arias with piano accompaniment.
The work(s) must be composed for soloist and symphony or string orchestra, in original key and/or language (unless changed by concert tradition). Consultation with a music teacher or private instructor regarding your selection is encouraged.If your selection is not readily available, you may be required to submit a scan of the work for the judges.
Application must be submitted online at masonyoungartists.org.
The ISO will provide the Mason Young Artist Winner with four (4) complimentary tickets to the performance on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. All students are admitted free of charge to ISO performances with student ID or paying adult.
Musician Stipend: ISO provides a $500 stipend to the Winner to assist with expenses that may include, but are not limited to, travel and accompanist fees related to this competition.
Rehearsal and Performance Requirements: The Mason Young Artist Winner must be available for rehearsals in Lakeland on Saturday March 9, 2019 at 1 p.m. and Monday March 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. and must be available to perform at the concert on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Contact the ISO with questions by phone (863) 688-3743 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org for all matters regarding auditions, rehearsals and performances.
Decisions by the judges are final.