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The Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hennings-Fischer Foundation are pleased to accept applications for the upcoming 22nd annual Young Artists Competition. The competition is open to all instrumental (except piano) applicants age 30 and under as of March 4, 2023.  Applications are accepted online through YAPTracker: use link button below.  The application fee for 2023 has been held to only $25, and financial assistance/fee waivers are available.

This year’s competition will not include the opera category.  Please check back in 2024!

Preliminary rounds will take place on March 2nd and/or 3rd, with finals on Saturday, March 4th, 2023. Both the preliminary and final rounds will take place 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 and winners will appear with the Burbank Philharmonic in a regular subscription concert in the 2023-24 or 2024-25 season.  The winners will also receive a $500 honorarium 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.

THE HENNINGS-FISCHER FOUNDATION was established in 2001 with the legacy of violinist, conductor, teacher Noumi Fischer (1907-1995) and his wife, fellow violinist and teacher, Audrey Hennings Fischer (1919-2000). Their devoted musical careers and modest lifestyle built the endowment through which grants are being made to teaching and performing musical groups, to charitable organizations supporting individual music students of high promise, and for assistance to humane, environmental and homeless causes. 

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