World-renowned composer Augusta Read Thomas and New Music School have collaborated to establish a national competition for young artists in both contemporary and classical music.

I was honored and delighted to be a part of this competition involving so many incredibly talented pianists. Young musicians have an openness to new music that breathes so much life into it, and I cannot wait to work with these wonderful musicians.
— Aaron Travers, 2012 Featured Composer

Words from Artistic Directors, 


"I cherish the opportunity to make music with young artists! Their faithful commitment to the music of their own time is appropriate and marvelous and their vibrant talents are an inspiration to us all. They are sure to dazzle the competition judges and I look forward to hearing each finalist."


"Participating in a competition can be a natural and significant step for the growth of maturity and confidence in the young artist musician. Having the rare opportunity to perfect and premiere a new work, which is usually left to professional musicians, makes this young artist competition particularly exciting and appealing."

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Deadline: February 1, 2020

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NMNYAC Awards TBA September 1, 2019