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VSA International Young Soloists Competition
A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program

Colette Cecile Young Issam Elayyan Ashlee Young Niv Ashkenazi

Each year, outstanding young musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25, are recognized by the VSA International Young Soloists Competition. The Kennedy Center selects up to four winners from around the world. Applicants can apply as an instrumental or vocal soloist, or as ensembles. The competition is open to all genres. Selected musicians win a $2,500 prize, professional development opportunities, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Any musician with a disability is eligible to apply as either a domestic applicant or an international applicant. The competition is open to soloists as well as ensembles of up to five members. For ensembles to be eligible, at least one musician must have a disability, and all members must be between the ages of 14-25.

All genres of music are accepted, including but not limited to classical, jazz, hip-hop, rap, rock/alt rock, pop, indie, bluegrass, folk, country, R&B/blues, Latin, and World.

Watch the 2014 VSA International Young Soloists' performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

VSA International Young Soloists Professional Development Weekend

Winners of the VSA International Young Soloists Competition are brought to Washington, D.C. for the VSA International Young Soloists Professional Development Weekend, which includes pre-professional activities such as master classes, rehearsals, and roundtable discussions with distinguished music professionals. Winners also perform on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage.

How to Apply

To apply to the 2015 VSA International Young Soloists Competition:

  1. Read the 2015 VSA International Young Soloists Application Guidelines.
  2. Read our Frequently Asked Questions.
  3. Complete the online application form by clicking on the "APPLY HERE" button below.
  4. Submit your completed application by Monday, March 16, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.
  5. If you require application materials in a different format, please request them by emailing vsainfo@kennedy-center.org .

Apply Here