Emerging young musicians from around the Northwest will have a chance to shine on the radio when they enter the Classical KING-FM Young Artist Awards Competition for 2014.
Entries are being accepted online at KING.org through April 4. Seattle Chamber Music Society (SCMS) is partnering with the public radio station to present the annual competition.
New this year, the competition winners will be featured on the radio throughout the year both in audio and on the KING-FM website with video performances. The top 10 winners will also be highlighted on the air and online throughout the competition, allowing KING-FM listeners to hear emerging young musicians.
The competition is in two age categories: one for younger musicians ages 6 to 15, and another for more experienced musicians ages 16 to 20. Students may also enter as a chamber group, qualifying within the age category of the oldest member of the ensemble.
Last year, the competition attracted more than 90 entries by young people ranging in ages 6 to 20.
The competition invites non-professional acoustic instrumentalists, vocalists and chamber groups to submit an entry form and video to Classical KING-FM 98.1 online before the April 4 deadline. Acceptable submissions are YouTube clips lasting no more than five minutes.
The public is invited to watch finalists’ video entries and vote for their favorite musician from April 21 through May 16. Additionally, a slate of internationally recognized judges from around the Pacific Northwest will narrow the entries to the top 10 finalists from the pool of online entries.
The 10 finalists will perform together on May 2 and 9 on KING-FM’s “NW Focus LIVE” program hosted by Sean MacLean in the Classical KING-FM studios. A separate prize, the “Monika Meyers Clowes Memorial Award,” will be awarded by Seattle Chamber Music Society.
Last year’s winner performed a pre-concert recital and received private coaching from violinists James Ehnes and Karen Gomyo and from cellists Robert deMaine and Bion Tsang during SCMS’s 2013 Summer Festival.
KING-FM will announce the winners on May 22, with the winners performing a final concert on “NW Focus LIVE” on May 30.
Official contest rules and entry forms are online at www.king.org.