Concerto & Aria Competition

Would you like to perform a solo accompanied by an orchestra of YMA's faculty, counselors, and most advanced students? Enter the YMA Concerto & Aria Competition for a chance at the opportunity of a lifetime!



YMA's Concerto & Aria Competition is open to all students enrolled at First Session. Applicants must perform a solo on one of the instruments taught at YMA (voice, cello, clarinet, marimba, trombone, guitar, piano, etc.), but it needn't be the same program in which the student is enrolled. For example, if you register as a violinist but also play the piano and saxophone, you are welcome to enter the competition on any of those instruments. Students may be selected multiple years but may only perform a concerto on one instrument each year.

Students who wish to be considered should submit their recordings prior to April 30th as outlined below. Two to four students will be chosen to perform the last week of Session One as soloists with YMA's Spotlight Orchestra.

How to Enter

  1. Register for Session 1; you may attend Session 2 as well but must be enrolled in First Session

  2. Contact Galen at about potential repertoire

  3. Submit your recording to Galen at by April 30th

Recording Guidelines

Recordings are due April 30th and should include piano accompaniment. Memorization is encouraged but not required.

Upload a video to YouTube and send the link to along with student name, instrument, and repertoire information.



Participants may perform complete works or single movements, but total timing should be under 12 minutes. Orchestral accompaniment parts must be readily available. If needed, YMA will purchase the full orchestral arrangement up to $200. The student’s family will be responsible for any costs beyond the $200. YMA will assist with setting up a fundraising campaign if desired. Please make sure you email Galen at with your desired repertoire early on to get it approved before you learn it!