Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra

Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra Hennings-Fischer Young Artist Competition 2024

This application closed on Monday February 19, 2024.

The Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hennings-Fischer Foundation are pleased to accept applications for the upcoming 23rd annual Young Artist Competition. The competition is open to all instrumentalists (except piano) age 30 and under as of February 24, 2024, and this year, we are pleased to announce that the vocal portion competition is back, so singers are encouraged to apply!

Preliminary rounds will take place on Thursday/Friday, February 22-23, 2024 with the finals on Saturday, February 24th, 2024 at the Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles (200 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012).  The preliminaries will take place in Room G240 from 6-10pm. The finals will be held as a public concert with an audience in Mayman Hall at the Colburn School at 7:00pm on Saturday, February 24th, 2024.

There will be one or more grand prize winners in the instrumental and vocal categories and the winner(s) will appear with the Burbank Philharmonic in a regular subscription concert in the 2024-25 or 2025-26 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).  For singers, please prepare three contrasting arias from the standard opera repertoire.  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 and under as of February 24, 2024

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 again this year at only $25. Financial assistance and fee waivers are available (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.combefore to submitting your application to obtain instructions on how to apply using a fee waiver.