New in 2017

Memorization and Superior Ranking – Performers in the Piano and Vocal Divisions are still required to perform their music memorized in order to be eligible for Superior Ranking.  Performers in the Band and Strings Divisions no longer have the memorization requirement to be eligible for Superior Ranking.  These differences in Division standards correlate to the expectations for solo and recital performances in Wyoming schools, including at the high school and college levels.  Band and Strings performers may still perform their music memorized and receive bonus points added to their Total Score.  SOLO and ENSEMBLE evaluation forms have been updated to reflect this change.

Honors Concert Rules – The Honors Concert Rules have been updated to give a clearer picture of what the Honors Concert is and how performers are selected.  The updated version makes it clear that the adjudicators are looking at the “total performance package” when making recommendations. 

School Info on Registration Form – The registration form will include questions about what school you go to and what music classes you are in.  This will help with scheduling when large performance groups are involved.

PAGE LAST UPDATED  –  November 19, 2016 


New in 2016

Songwriting/Composition Showcase – This component of the festival will be eliminated due to very little participation.

MAT Camp Scholarships – Scholarship winners will be required to register for a small number of predetermined MAT Camp classes which relate to the instrument they used in their award-winning performance.  Full tuition recipients must take as many as 3 specified classes.  Half-tuition recipients must take as many as 2 specified classes.  Quarter-tuition recipients must take as many as 1 specified class.  The required classes will be posted on the website before the festival.  Winners who do not want to take the specified classes will not be allowed to use the scholarship.  Scholarships are nontransferable.

Performance Brackets – Performance brackets will no longer be assigned based on age.  They will be assigned based on grade in school.  These are the new brackets:  Adult, Grades 9-12, Grades 6-8, Grades 5 and under

Honors Concert Invitees – Honors Concert Invitees will be listed on the website and at the front desk around 4:30 pm on festival day.  It will be the responsibility of all festival participants to check online or at the front desk at that time to see if their name is listed.  All invitees must accept or decline the invitation by 4:50 pm.  Those who fail to contact the front desk in person or by using the listed phone numbers or email address will likely be eliminated from the concert.

Honors Concert – In order to help ease the time crunch between the posting of Honors Concert Invitees and the start of the concert, the Honors Concert will begin at 6:30 pm.  Participants will be required to show up in concert attire at 6:00 pm to receive instructions and take pictures.  

PAGE LAST UPDATED  –  April 9, 2015  


New in 2015

Registration Fees – To make the registration fee schedule simpler and more uniform, and to include more students in the YM Festival, the initial registration fee for all participants is now $10.  Additional performance events are $5.00 each.  Additional Songwriting/Composition Showcase events are FREE.   Also this year there will not be early and late registration deadlines and rates.  There will be one ultimate deadline, two weeks before the festival, on February 7, 2015.  After that deadline, if there is still room in the schedule, and time to accommodate you, there will be a $10 service charge.  Don’t delay registering because performance times will fill up fast once registration opens after the New Year.

Donations– The Young Musicians Festival has never been a money maker.  Every year the hope is to break even with expenses and registration fees.  With the initial registration fee reduced to $10 in order to make registrations simpler and to include many more students in the festival, donations are greatly appreciated.  If you are able to donate $5.00 or more it will help to ensure that the YM Festival continues each year with outstanding clinicians and with greater student participation.

Memorization of Performance Pieces and Total Score – Memorization is still not required for solo and ensemble performances.  However, performers now have the opportunity to earn up to five bonus points towards their Total Score by performing their pieces memorized.  The better the memorization, the more bonus points will be earned, up to five.  See the updated solo and ensemble evaluation forms linked below.

Memorization of Performance Pieces and Superior Ranking– Memorization of performance pieces is now a requirement to be Superior-ranked overall.

Performance Evaluation Forms  – SOLO and ENSEMBLE evaluation forms have been updated to reflect the changes regarding memorization of pieces listed above.

Honors Concert Participants– Honors Concert Participants will be announced at the front desk and online by 4:30 p.m.  Verbal or email acceptance of the invitation to perform is required of all invitees who wish to participate in the Honors Concert.

Festival Results – Superior-ranked participants will be included in the online festival results this year.  All of the following will be posted within a week or two of the festival:

  • Competition – Age Bracket Placings and MAT Camp Scholarship Winners
  • Superior-ranked Participants
  • Honors Concert Participants

Sportsmanship Agreement – Signatures or other explicit acceptance of the Sportsmanship Agreement will not be required anymore.  In order to simplify the process, there will be an implicit acceptance of the Agreement when you register.  

PAGE LAST UPDATED  –  November 3, 2014  


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