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Youth Artist Program

There are five Youth Artist positions available each year to percussionists who are Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, Queer, and/or women entering grades 6-12.  NDCP Youth Artists will benefit from the knowledge, experiences, and resources of our Professional Members and Emerging Artists.  The NDCP will assess audition applications based on the player’s potential for growth, their individual need for the resources available, and the quality of their playing and preparation relative to their grade.  The NDCP invites both younger players at the beginning of their training as well as advanced players to apply. 

What will Youth Artists receive?

  • NDCP Leadership will work closely with parents/guardians and music educators of the Youth Artists to directly cater to their most pertinent needs. 

  • Two to four NDCP Sessions per month (calendar of events is here).

    • Individual Sessions (private lessons*, personal mentoring, and/or professional development) with Professional Members.

    • Group Sessions (performance masterclasses, studio classes, percussion equipment maintenance classes, and group mentoring sessions) with Cohort Faculty.

  • Mentoring sessions with the Emerging Artists. 

  • Quality private instruction (ranging 30-60 minutes per lesson). NDCP will facilitate this if needed. 

  • Financial support will be available for lessons and tuition/fees for youth orchestras, festivals, and summer camps.

  • NDCP support in accessing and procuring concert percussion equipment and practice facilities as needed.

  • Youth Artist positions are free.

  • Start date: November 1, 2021.  End date: May 29, 2022.

  • Youth Artists are encouraged to reapply for forthcoming years.

*as needed but not to replace current studies.

Have a question not answered here?  Check the FAQs.

How do I apply to be a Youth Artist?

Applications, criteria, guidelines, and tips can be found here.

Note - applications for the 2021-2022 program have closed.  Check back in the spring for next year's application!