Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program Now Accepting Applications for 2016

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Competition Recognizes Eight to 10 Exceptional Young Performers

(l to r): Jeff Coffin, 2015 Guest Artist; Patrick Bartley, Jr., 2015 YYPA Saxophone Winner; Braden Waddell, 2015 YYPA Trumpet Winner; and Zack Grass, 2015 YYPA Tuba Winner.

Yamaha today announced that the application process for the 2016 Yamaha Young Performing Artists (YYPA) competition is now open.

The prestigious annual YYPA Program, which underscores Yamaha’s commitment to music education, recognizes eight to 10 exceptional emerging jazz, classical and contemporary musicians. Final applications are due by midnight, January 15, 2016. To apply and access the complete contest rules, please click here: http://4wrd.it/YYPA_2016_APPLY

Winners are chosen after submitting recordings and support materials, which are evaluated by a panel of Yamaha Performing Artists and national celebrity musicians. Winners will receive an all-expense paid trip to the YYPA Celebration Weekend, held in Muncie, Indiana at Ball State University during the Music for All™ Summer Symposium, June 25-28, 2016. Winners will have the opportunity to perform in front of thousands at the Symposium, attend workshops and clinics designed to launch a professional career, and get media exposure throughout the world via the Internet.

The event culminates with the annual YYPA Concert, to be held Monday, June 27, at 8:00 p.m. at Emens Auditorium, where YYPA winners perform with an accomplished guest artist. In years past, guest artists have included Jeff Coffin, saxophonist for the Dave Matthew Band and the Mu’tet; Dana Leong, trombonist, cellist, and prolific composer; and Joe Burgstaller, world-renowned soloist and distinguished faculty at The Peabody Institute. Many past YYPA winners have established successful careers in music.

For more information about the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program, email jgascho(at)yamaha(dot)com

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Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is one of the largest subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement, commercial installation and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and NEXO commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, MusicCast wireless multiroom audio systems, Blu-ray/CD players, earphones, headphones, home-theater-in-a-box systems, sound bars and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, music, professional audio installation and consumer markets.

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