YouCadenza Young Artist Competition - iCadenza

YouCadenza Young Artist Competition

Our first-ever YouCadenza Young Artist YouTube Competition!

This is a YouTube competition for classically trained, career-bound pianists and vocalists. Each contestant will post a video of a live performance to YouTube and submit the video to us for consideration, and so we can post it on our website. A winner will be selected in each category after a live audition for finalists. Winners will perform at the iCadenza Future of Music Festival Opening Concert on Wednesday August 17th at 7:30pm, and will receive 3 months of consulting from the iCadenza founders – valued at $2000! All entrants have the chance of having their videos posted and promoted on the iCadenza Talk blog.


The judging panel for the YouCadenza Competition will include Frederica Von Stade and Nino Sanikidze in the vocal category, and Stewart Gordon and John Perry in the piano category.

How to enter:

  1. Type your email address in the box on the right side of this page where it says “Subscribe to enter the competition” and click “subscribe.”
  2. Upload your video and submit to us by sending it in an email to maria[at] anytime before August 8th, 2011, 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time.
  3. Video uploading instructions
    1. Create a YouTube account if you do not already have one
    2. Once your video is recorded (be sure it fits the time requirements and includes your introduction), upload the video following this specific file naming protocol: “youcadenza_competition_instrument (pianist or vocalist)_contestantname.wmv” For example: “youcadenza_competition_pianist_johndoe.wmv” or “youcadenza_competition_vocalist_janedoe.wmv”
    3. Use the following protocal for the title of your video: “YouCadenza Competition_Pianist_John Doe” or “YouCadenza_Competition_Vocalist_Jane Doe”
    4. Include the following in the description:
      • Paste in the following: – iCadenza is hosting its first-ever YouCadenza Young Artist Competition to support career development for classically trained pianists and vocalists based in Los Angeles. The winner in each category will receive extensive promotion through iCadenza, a performance opportunity at the iCadenza Future of Music Festival in Los Angeles on August 17th 2011, and 3 months of individual career consulting with the iCadenza team – a $2000 value.
      • Include a short paragraph about yourself, along with links to your website, blog, and/or facebook page if applicable.
  4. Use the following “tag” keywords on youtube: classical music, competition, icadenza, youcadenza, piano, voice, los angeles, [the title of your piece], [your name]
  5. Submission Instructions: send an email to maria[at] that includes the following:
    1. The link to your YouTube video
    2. Your full name, date of birth, and city and zip code where you live
    3. Brief biographical information – years studying your instrument, whether you are a student or not, and what your upcoming projects and goals are
    4. Include the following phrase in the email: “I, (enter your full name) agree to fully comply with the terms and conditions of the YouCadenza Young Artist YouTube Competition.”


  1. Entrants must be between the ages of 18 and 30. The Finalists’ IDs will be checked at the live audition.
  2. Finalists and winners will be responsible for travel to and from the final audition and concert, and any lodging. No travel or lodging expenses will be provided by iCadenza.
  3. The first round of the competition consists of a Youtube video. There will be two categories: Pianist and Vocalist. The judges will select 2 vocalists and 2 pianists for the final round. The vocalist and the pianist with the most “likes” will also move on to the final live audition as the Audience Favorites.
  4. Submissions begin on July 15th, 2011. The deadline for video submission is August 8th, 2011, 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time. Finalists will be selected and notified by Friday August 12th.
  5. Entrants must be available for final live audition round, which will be the weekend of August 13-14th in Los Angeles [precise date, time, and location TBD]and for the concert on the evening of Wednesday August 17th in Downtown Los Angeles.
  6. To enter you will submit a video of yourself performing a piece or excerpt from the standard classical repertoire and post it on Youtube. Complete instructions about the upload process are in “How to Enter” above.
    • Pianists: an work from the standard solo repertoire, not exceeding 8 minutes in length, including your introduction. This can be a movement or an entire work, as long as it meets the length requirement.
    • Vocalists: an operatic, oratorio or concert aria from the standard repertoire, not exceeding 5 minutes in length. You MUST have live accompaniment in your video – no recordings, no exceptions.
    • Entrants may submit pre-recorded performances filmed after August 1st 2010
  7. Submitting a recording does NOT guarantee a live audition
  8. Please wear audition-appropriate attire
  9. In order to compete, you must agree to our competition terms viewable here
  10. An accompanist WILL be provided free of charge for vocalists for the live audition and performance only.  Any additional rehearsal with the pianist before the live audition must be arranged at the contestant’s expense.
  11. Contestants who proceed to the final round may choose their first piece (which does NOT have to be the same piece performed in the video submission) and offer two other selections for the judges to hear at their discretion.
  12. The same repertoire requirements (time limit and genre) apply to each piece offered in the live round as to the video submission.
  13. A live audition does NOT guarantee a performance at the festival
  14. The winners will be announced on Monday, August 15th. Both winners will perform on the evening of Wednesday August 17th at Zipper Hall at the Colburn School. An accompanist WILL be provided to the singer for the performance free of charge.  Performance at the festival is required in order to receive the consulting services.

If you have any questions, please send an email to maria[at]

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