Milton Young Musicians Festival
For 35 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 in a Gold Medal Concert usually scheduled the following weekend and open to the public. (This year each student will be recorded individually and separately, then edited to one event and sent to each student and their families.) 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. The festival is open to students of all ages and in all grades 1 – 12 who take private lessons. 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.
Please note that much of the content on this website’s internal pages reflects a more carefree era which we all hope we will return to, soon. In the meantime, we ask that you refer to this page for information concerning the 2021 Festival.
2021 Young Musicians Festival Information
Festival: Saturday May 22nd 10am-4pm and Sunday May 23rd 1-5pm, at East Congregational Church, 610 Adams Street, Milton.
Gold Medal Concert: TBA and individually recorded at East Congregational Church
Here are links to four important resources on our website:
- The Festival Repertoire
- The Scale requirements
- An informative letter to Parents and Teachers (PDF document)
- The Festival Application Form
Changes you can expect this year in light of State and CDC Guidelines
The festival will have a slightly different look this year as we adjust to guidelines issued for in-person gatherings. Each student’s audition time will be spaced so that they and their family are the only ones in their room on the upper or lower floor of the church at one time. Auditions will be on 2 different levels, through separate entrances at staggered times to insure safety and distancing. Piano students will be in the sanctuary and will enter through the front doors, while string students will be in the large hall downstairs and enter through the door off the back parking lot. Woodwinds, Brass players, and Vocalists will be outside, or in the sanctuary after the piano students. There will be a 5-10 minute period between each student and family to disinfect and clean. All windows and doors will be open for maximum airflow. Students and families will stay outside or in their cars till their appointed audition. Masks should be worn by all.
Please continue to follow the scale and repertoire guidelines for levels for each instrument found on our website. Choose the appropriate level for your student based on the scale and repertoire list. Students may choose both their scales this year. Participating students will prepare 2 short pieces or one longer piece with contrasting movements for each level. Levels may be repeated in successive years. All scales should be played from memory.
An accompanist will be available as usual. Rehearsals will take place in the sanctuary, properly distanced and masked. If you would like an accompanist please indicate that on your application and you will be contacted to set up a rehearsal before the festival.
Application forms are due Wednesday, May 12th. Each student will be assigned a 15 minute (Levels A & B, 1-3) or 20 minute (Levels 4-6) audition time for the festival. You will receive notification of audition times by email. The festival will take place at East Congregational Church, 610 Adams St. Milton on Saturday and Sunday, May 22 and 23 10-4pm and 1pm-5pm. If you sent in an application for last year’s cancelled festival, we simply need you to update your application form. We will be in contact by email.