Edna Bost Barringer Young Artist Competition
Performing Arts

The United Arts Council of Catawba County has a responsibility to aid in the professional development of local young artists. The Edna Bost Barringer Young Artist Competition has been established by the United Arts Council to provide the funds and procedures for recognizing outstanding young artists and aiding in their professional development.

COMPETITION GUIDELINES

  1. Each year the United Arts Council conducts a Young Artist Competition to select outstanding young artists from Catawba County. In order to encourage participation from all arts disciplines, the competition will alternate annually between artists in the performing arts and artists in the visual and literary arts. In most cases, even-numbered years will be for the Performing Arts and odd-numbered years will be for the Visual and Literary Arts.
  2. A panel of judges from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts will make their recommendation for approval by the United Arts Council Board of Directors. Judges will seek to select a Young Artist Competition Winner, and First and Second Alternates. In the event that the judges feel that no individual merits receiving the award, no award will be given. In the event of a tie, the scholarship will be shared.
  3. Judges will reside outside of Catawba County, NC.
  4. Young Artist Competition Winners will receive a cash award from the United Arts Council for further study in their arts discipline.
  5. The scholarship is educationally based for the best-qualified applicants to receive it and not necessarily for those who give the best presentation or performance.
  6. All qualified applicants are entitled to equal opportunity in the Young Artist Competition.
  7. The timetable for receiving applications, auditions (performing arts applicants only) and announcement of the competition winners will be determined annually.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

  1. Applicants must be a resident of Catawba County, North Carolina, and must be age 21 or younger.
  2. All applicants are required to submit the following information:
    1. A completed application form
    2. A resume that includes a listing of all formal training and instruction (including teacher and dates of study), performance and exhibit history and any awards received.
    3. Proof of age (i.e. Certified Birth Certificate, Passport)
    4. Intended use for scholarship
  3. Submission or application includes parent/guardian approval for judges to contact applicants.
  4. Following review of applications and resumes, qualified applicants will be selected to audition. Auditions will be closed to the public.
  5. Winner must agree to utilize funds for designated purpose.

Instrumental and Vocal Arts: Applicants are expected to perform two selections from memory. One selection should be from the standard repertoire of applicant’s instrument and one should be of applicant’s own choosing. Each selection should be no longer than five minutes. Applicants should provide an accompanist and a clean score with numbered measures. Applicants are advised to consult with their teacher regarding the selection of appropriate pieces.

Drama: Applicants should present two contrasting monologues from classical or contemporary plays. Each selection should be no longer than five minutes and no less than one minute. No costumes or props are allowed. Applicants are advised to consult with their teacher regarding the selection of appropriate pieces.

Ballet: Male and female ballet applicants should present a classical variation (on point for women) one and one-half to two minutes in length. Music for the audition must be digital or on CD. Please have the selection cued. Wear comfortable practice clothing. Costumes are not allowed.

Contemporary Dance: Applicants are required to present a solo, two to three minutes in length to classical, jazz, or contemporary music. Music for the audition must be digital or on CD. Please have the selection cued. Music must be deemed appropriate by the judges. Wear comfortable practice clothing. Costumes are not allowed.

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Attachments:

  • A list of all formal training and instruction. Please include teacher and dates of study, performance and exhibit history and any rewards received.
  • Proof of age (i.e. Copy of Ceritified Birth Certificate or Passport).
  • Specific intended use for scholarship.