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Performances begin. Students perform a selection of music for judges and receive a
10-15 minute critique session​.
​Sit in on a relevant presentation from a local professional musician on a variety of topics beneficial to students. This year's clinician is Dr. Devin Otto, UW-Oshkosh Director of Bands.
​Winners from each category of the competition perform their music in an afternoon recital.

The Young Artist Festival experience helped me become a better team player in band.


Shiocton High School

More Repertoire Options
Tired of having to pick from a small music list?  Not here!  As a music professional, you can choose music that is truly best for your students.
Arrangements Welcome
Need to adjust a score or arrangement to fit your ensemble?  No problem!  Tailor fit your music selection to your students' needs.
Winner's Recital
Why wait two months for state festival?  Your students' time and dedication have paid off for an immediate performance on the same day!
Prize Money
Winners in each category can earn up to $125 in prize money!
Parents and Friends Welcome
All festival events are open to the public!
University Campus Experience
Give your students an experience on the beautiful Lawrence University campus!

I was very honored to be able to play at this event.  It was one of the best piano playing experiences of my life.


New London Middle/Intermediate School


Having an opportunity to perform both solo and chamber music on the same day has been a lot of fun for me and my friends! And, how cool is it that there is a music festival right here in Appleton!



Does an independent or public school teacher have to be a member of FVMTA to participate?
No!  We want as many students to share their love of music as possible.  See "FEES" under Rules for ALL COMPETITIONS
Can my school band/choir/orchestra program participate?
Yes!  Interested in supplementing your school's solo/ensemble experience?  The Young Artist Festival is a great venue for school music programs!
Do students receive a rating?
Performers receive:
  • Judges' written comments available same day
  • 10-15 minute performance includes verbal interaction with judge
  • First-place, second-place, and honorable mention can be awarded in each competition
Who are the judges?
The judges are university professors and professional musicians, having many years of experience with students of all ages.
What about lunch?
Lawrence University is blocks away from a wide variety of restaurants, cafes, and bistros on College Ave, the hub of downtown Appleton.
To enter the Young Artist Festival, please print, complete, and send in this form along with appropriate fees by January 18, 2020.
Questions? Concerns? Email: isbillpiano@gmail.com
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