Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra

Burbank Philharmonic Hennings-Fischer Young Artist Competition 2023

This application closed on Monday February 27, 2023.

The Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hennings-Fischer Foundation are pleased to accept applications for the upcoming 22nd annual Young Artist Competition. The competition is open to all instrumentalists (except piano) under age 30 as of March 4, 2023.  (Unfortunately, this year’s competition will not include the opera category.  Please check back in 2024.)

Preliminary rounds will take place on Friday, March 3rd, 2023 and the finals on Saturday, March 4th, 2023, both at the Colburn School (200 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012).  The finals will be held as a public concert with an audience in Mayman Hall at the Colburn School at 7:00pm on Saturday, March 4, 2023.

There will be one or more grand prize winners in the instrumental category and winners will appear with the Burbank Philharmonic in a regular subscription concert in the 2023-24 or 2024-25 season and receive a cash prize of $1,000 at the time of performance. 

For instrumental applicants, a full concerto from the standard repertoire is required (memorization preferred).  You must bring your own accompanist to the preliminary and final rounds.  If you would like to change repertoire before the competition, you do not have to contact us. Please bring one copy of a piano or solo score to the preliminary and final rounds. Recent past winners and finalists of the Burbank Philharmonic Hennings-Fischer competition have included Sopranos Julie Adams and Angela Meade; Violinists Nigel Armstrong, Aubree Oliverson, Heidi & Alexis Hatch and cellist Keith Williams.

Please contact Michael Stanley at mstanley@burbankphilharmonic.com with any questions regarding this application. For technical help, please contact help@yaptracker.com.

Personal Information

The competition is open to opera singers and orchestral instrumentalists, excepting pianists.
Applicants must be age 30 or under as of March 4, 2023

Contact Information

Please use the two letter state abbreviation, where applicable.
No spaces, dashes etc. phone number fields
Complete title and, if singer, opera and act. Instrumentalists must submit at least 1 piece. Singers must submit 3. Minimum number of selections permitted: 1. Maximum number of selections permitted: 3
Selection 1
Selection 2
Selection 3
Education 1
Education 2
Education 3
Role 1
Role 2
Role 3
Role 4
Role 5
Role 6

Resume and Bio

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Payment Details

Our application fees have remained low at only $25. Financial assistance and fee waivers are available if requested prior to submitting your application (see below). The application fee may be paid by credit card or check. We highly encourage applicants to use the credit card option via the YAP Tracker application. If paying by check, please mail the application fee as soon as the application is submitted.

Checks should be made out to the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra and sent to:

Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra
P.O. Box 6345
Burbank, CA 91510-9868

For assistance with checks, contact: Tim Starks, Treasurer, Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra (treasurer@burbankphilharmonic.com). To request financial assistance/fee waivers, contact: Michael Stanley (mstanley@burbankphilharmonic.com) prior to submitting your application.