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About the 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—on any instrument and in any genre—from around the world. These emerging 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, ages 14-25, is eligible to apply as either a domestic applicant or an international applicant. The competition is open to soloists and ensembles of up to five members. For ensembles to be eligible at least one member must have a disability, all members must be age 14-25, and all members must meet the criteria for either domestic or international applicants.

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 2013 International Young Soloists' performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

How to Apply

Our 2014 Competition is now closed. Watch for information on our 2015 competition this fall.

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