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Young Performers Career Advancement

Celebrating its 20th anniversary at APAP|NYC 2017!

Please consider donating to the Classical Connections Endowment Fund to help expand the YPCA program. 

Young Performers Career Advancement (YPCA) is a program designed to support classical musicians in the formative stages of their careers. Selected YPCA artists (deadline to apply was July 21, 2016) will attend intensive, specialized seminars at APAP|NYC 2017, the world's largest performing arts conference, and have opportunities to meet and work with established presenters, agents, managers, agents and artists. Participants will learn to set goals for long-term career development and create networking resources that last for an entire career. These sessions provide a practical overview of the presenting and touring industry and expert instruction in the development of audience engagement skills. The program was established in 1996 through the APAP Classical Connections initiative and will celebrate its 20th anniversary at APAP|NYC 2017.

Photos: YPCA Showcasat Merkin Concert Hall and YPCA participants from APAP|NYC 2016 by Adam Kissick/APAP

In addition to the benefits above, YPCA participants also receive complimentary full conference registration to APAP|NYC 2017 and perform in APAP's only self-produced showcase held at the prestigious NYC venue, Carnegie Hall. Showcase attendees include global arts leaders, performing arts presenters, managers, record company representatives and agents. Through a partnership developed with the Sphinx Organization, APAP also provides an opportunity for a Sphinx Competition alumni artist or ensemble to participate in the program each year. 

YPCA Class of 2017 and Showcase at Carnegie Hall 

Learn more about YPCA's facilitators and meet the YPCA 2017 participants who performed in APAP's only self-produced showcase at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 9, 2017 during the APAP|NYC conference. 


YPCA Alumni Spotlight

Discover lessons learned from YPCA alumni who reflect on an important moment in their professional development in the Conference 2014 issue of Inside Arts (pages 63-68). Also featured is YPCA's long standing facilitator, Angela Beeching, who shares anecdotes from her experiences over the last 20 years.
Jennifer Koh - Class of 2000   |   Orion Weiss - Class of 2003   |   Kathryn Lockwood - Class of 2008
Yousif Sheronick - Class of 2008   |   Louis Levitt - Class of 2013

"I gained incredible insights into the music business and the relationships between all the people involved in producing performances and making a career. I gained a lot more confidence through this knowledge – and excitement to start applying these concepts to forge a unique career path." Ayano Ninomiya, violinist and 2009 YPCA participant

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