Ready, Set, Play: Yamaha Launches 23rd Annual Young Performing Artist Program

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Prestigious Young Music Talent Competition Program Now Features Jazz and Classical Musicians; Deadline for Entries is March 15, 2011

Yamaha Corporation of America, Band and Orchestral Division, recently announced the launch of the 2011 Yamaha Young Performing Artist (YYPA) program. YYPA recognizes outstanding young musicians from the world of classical, jazz and contemporary music. The application and information on the program can be found by visiting: The deadline for the application is March 15, 2011.

“Yamaha consistently supports and helps launch the careers of talented young musicians who play wide ranges of music and instruments,” said John Wittmann, Manager of Education and Artist Relations, Yamaha Corporation of America. “YYPA offers participants a lifetime of memories consisting of incredible performance opportunities, master classes with some of the world’s most renowned musicians and exciting social events. This is an amazing opportunity for any young performer.”

Launched in 1989, YYPA recognizes and celebrates up-and-coming talent ages 16-21. Many past winners have gone on to become distinguished performers and educators. Each year, the YYPA Finalists are invited to perform at the Music for All Summer Symposium held in late June. The winners receive a series of clinics and master classes with renowned Artists designed to help them launch their music career. The one overall winner (chosen at Summer Symposium) will receive $5,000 in retail credit towards a professional model Yamaha instrument. Additionally, finalists will receive a professional recording of their performances and national press coverage.

Please visit the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Program website,, for information on how to apply.

For more information about the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program, write Yamaha Artist Services Indianapolis, Attn: Jennifer Vierling, 39 West Jackson Place, Suite 150, Indianapolis, IN 46225; jvierling(at)yamaha(dot)com; or visit

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