skip navigation | accessibility |

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

Call for Entries. 2016 VSA International Your Soloist Competition. Deadline for Entry: February 10, 2016.

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 activities, 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 2015 VSA International Young Soloists' performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The 2016 winners will perform at 6:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 27, 2016; visit the Millennium Stage page to watch the concert live online.

How to Apply

To apply to the 2016 VSA International Young Soloists Competition:

  1. Read our Frequently Asked Questions.
  2. Complete the online application form for soloists or ensemble by clicking on the "Apply Here" button below.
  3. If you require application materials in a different format, please request them by emailing vsainfo@kennedy-center.org .

Apply Here - Soloists Apply Here - Ensembles