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Mandy Harvey (Uncredited)

VSA International Young Soloists

Each year a select number of outstanding young musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25, from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award. These emerging musicians win a $2,500 prize, professional development experiences, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Started by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith in 1984, the program, open to musicians of any instrument or genre, has provided opportunities for hundreds of emerging young musicians with disabilities.

Watch Past Performances

30th Annual VSA International Young Soloists 6/1/14: 30th Annual VSA International Young Soloists

A showcase of the 2014 VSA International Young Soloists Competition winners, this concert recognizes outstanding musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25, from around the world: Andrew Bambridge (NJ), marimba, Juna Gjata (MA, orig. from Albania), piano, Eliot Heaton (NY), violin, Evan Pensis (AZ), piano, Mike Casey (CT), saxophone. A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program

30th Annual VSA International Young Soloists

A showcase of the 2014 VSA International Young Soloists Competition winners, this concert recognizes outstanding musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25, from around the world: Andrew Bambridge (NJ), marimba, Juna Gjata (MA, orig. from Albania), piano, Eliot Heaton (NY), violin, Evan Pensis (AZ), piano, Mike Casey (CT), saxophone. A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program
VSA International Young Soloists Alumni Jazz Band 5/31/14: VSA International Young Soloists Alumni Jazz Band

Past competition winners Blessing Offor (piano, vocals), Mandy Harvey (vocals), and Paul Gavin (percussion) offer a jazz-inspired performance. A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program.

VSA International Young Soloists Alumni Jazz Band

Past competition winners Blessing Offor (piano, vocals), Mandy Harvey (vocals), and Paul Gavin (percussion) offer a jazz-inspired performance. A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program.
29th Annual VSA International Young Soloists Concert 6/16/13: 29th Annual VSA International Young Soloists Concert

This concert recognizes outstanding musicians from around the world, ages 14-25, who have a disability: percussionist Paul E. Gavin of Tampa, Florida; sarangi player Zohaib Hassan of Pakistan; and vocalists Brian Michael Moore of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Colette Cecile Young of Washington, D.C.

29th Annual VSA International Young Soloists Concert

This concert recognizes outstanding musicians from around the world, ages 14-25, who have a disability: percussionist Paul E. Gavin of Tampa, Florida; sarangi player Zohaib Hassan of Pakistan; and vocalists Brian Michael Moore of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Colette Cecile Young of Washington, D.C.
28th Annual VSA International Young Soloists Concert 6/17/12: 28th Annual VSA International Young Soloists Concert

This concert recognizes outstanding musicians from around the world, ages 14-25, who have a disability: pianists Ignasi Cambra (Spain) and Justin Kauflin (Virginia), saxophonist Yongsit Yongkamol (Thailand), and William Eisenberg (Minnesota) on the French horn.

28th Annual VSA International Young Soloists Concert

This concert recognizes outstanding musicians from around the world, ages 14-25, who have a disability: pianists Ignasi Cambra (Spain) and Justin Kauflin (Virginia), saxophonist Yongsit Yongkamol (Thailand), and William Eisenberg (Minnesota) on the French horn.
2010 VSA International Young Soloists 6/8/10: 2010 VSA International Young Soloists

The four 2010 awardees of the VSA International Young Soloists Program, which identifies and supports outstanding young musicians with disabilities in pursuit of a career, perform in this annual concert. They are: Ju Hyeon Han, a 24-year-old soprano from South Korea; Dotan Nitzberg, a 22-year-old pianist from Israel; Blessing Offor, a 21-year-old singer/songwriter/pianist from Connecticut; and Aria Stiles, a 16-year-old violinist from Minnesota.

2010 VSA International Young Soloists

The four 2010 awardees of the VSA International Young Soloists Program, which identifies and supports outstanding young musicians with disabilities in pursuit of a career, perform in this annual concert. They are: Ju Hyeon Han, a 24-year-old soprano from South Korea; Dotan Nitzberg, a 22-year-old pianist from Israel; Blessing Offor, a 21-year-old singer/songwriter/pianist from Connecticut; and Aria Stiles, a 16-year-old violinist from Minnesota.

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