VSA International Young Soloists Competition
A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program
Each year outstanding young musicians with disabilities from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award, $2,000, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., which is live-streamed and archived on the Kennedy Center website. This program is open to soloists and ensembles of any instrument or genre including classical, jazz, hip-hop, rock, and more!
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. All instruments, including voice, are accepted.
Watch the 2018 VSA International Young Soloists' performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
The 2019 winners will perform at 6:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 26, 2019. Visit the Millennium Stage page to watch the concert live online.
Applications are now being accepted.
Friday, March 29, 2019
You also might be interested in applying for the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute, a summer orchestral music festival for musicians ages 15-20!
Funding for the VSA International Young Soloists Program is provided by the U.S. Department of Education.
Additional support is provided by the National Committee for the Performing Arts.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.
The content of this program may have been developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, but does not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education. You should not assume endorsement by the federal government.