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Youth Artist program

There are several 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 three NDCP sessions per month.​​

    • Individual Sessions (personal mentoring, professional development, and/or private lessons*) with Professional Members that are scheduled independently between the participating parties.

    • Group Sessions (performance masterclasses, studio classes, mock auditions, percussion equipment maintenance classes, and group mentoring sessions) with Cohort Faculty that typically take place on Sunday evenings at 7 PM Eastern.

    • 2023 - 2024 calendar

  • Mentoring sessions with the Emerging Artists. 

  • Quality private instruction (ranging 30-60 minutes per lesson) - the NDCP will facilitate this as 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: October 1, 2023.  End date: May 12, 2024.

  • Youth Artists are encouraged to reapply for forthcoming years.

*as needed but not to replace current studies.

Have a question not answered here?  Check our FAQ page!

How do I apply to be a Youth Artist?

Applications for the 2024-2025 season are now available on our Apply page!

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