Milton Young Musicians Festival

For 34 years, Milton Performing Arts has sponsored an annual music festival for young musicians. The Milton Young Musicians Festival gives encouragement to young people with an interest in music and fosters their developing performance skills. All participants receive written comments and a medal (Bronze, Silver or Gold). Gold Medal winners are invited to perform again later in a formal concert, free and open to the public. Quite a few of the festival’s medalists have gone on to successful musical careers while all appreciate the joy of making music for the rest of their lives.

We can take pride in the Milton Young Musicians Festival and in continuing its worthy tradition of nurturing the musical passions and talents of our youth. This year the festival is open to students of all ages and in all grades 1 – 12. We have rolled the Elementary Festival into the Young Musicians Festival as we think it is a great format for everyone. Students perform solos and scales for professional musicians who in return critique, comment, and encourage them as well as take the opportunity to converse musically in an individual setting.

2020 Young Musicians Festival Information

Festival: Sunday, March 22, East Congregational Church, 610 Adams Street, Milton, from 12:00 until 5:00 PM
Gold Medal Concert: Saturday, March 28, East Congregational Church, Milton, 4:00 PM

The Milton Young Musicians Festival is now open to all ages and all grades 1-12.

We have rolled the Elementary Festival into the new and improved Young Musicians Festival. We will accept all ages and all levels. Each student receives a 15 or 20 minute time slot with their instruments’ adjudicators. They play their pieces and receive written and oral comments in their audition. They will then receive a Bronze, Silver or Gold Medal to be handed out and recognized at the Awards Assembly later in the day.

Students will fill out the application for the festival with new guidelines for the younger grades. Grades 1 - 4 can choose between new “A&B” Levels which will include 1 or 2 pieces from the beginning repertoire for their instrument and a single octave scale of their choosing or they may choose to play from the regular levels 1 - 6. The new levels are listed in the Repertoire and Scale requirements sections. The Application Form has been updated to reflect these changes.

NOTE: Students in Levels 4 - 6 in all instruments will be allowed to choose both scales to be played.