The Young Musicians Competition (YMC) was first held in 1987. It provides the opportunity for Nevada, Placer, Sutter, Butte and Yuba County music students, grades 3-12, to study, memorize and perform classical repertoire for professional teachers and judges. Students can participate in solo as well as ensemble divisions. All participating students receive detailed written critiques from the adjudicators.

Music in the Mountains works with private and public school music teachers to ensure that this program meets students’ needs. Cash prizes are awarded to winners. The competition concludes with a Showcase Concert, which is open to the public and features the winners in all categories and divisions as well as a performance by the MIM Youth Orchestra. At the conclusion of the concert, the Paul Perry Award, funded by a generous grant from The Community Players Trust, is awarded to the best student performance of the day.

2018 Competition Schedule:

1. Preliminaries: Saturday, April 28, Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 S. Church St. Grass Valley (*Enter from back parking lot)

2. Finals: Saturday, May 5, Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 S. Church St. Grass Valley (*Enter from back parking lot)

3. Showcase Concert: Saturday, May 12, St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, 410 S Church St., Grass Valley

Congratulations to the 2017 Winners!

Paul Perry Award – Amaryn Olmeda

Div 1 grades 3-4, Ashley Lattyak winner
Div. 2 grades 5-6, Benjamin Brott and Ella Fredrickson, shared winners
Div. 3 grades 7-8, Nikita Khryapin, winner
Div. 4 grades 9-10, John Yang, winner; Tobin Le, runner up
Div. 5 grades 11-12, Ryan Brott, winner; Kaia Smith, runner up

Div 1 grades 3-4, Huison Hong, winner; Ashley Hannah Kim, runner up
Div. 3 grades 7-8, Alyssa Koh, winner
Div. 4 grades 9-10, Lena Tang, winner; Mridini Vijay, runner up
Div. Young prodigy, Amaryn Olmeda winner
Div. 5 grades 11-12, Ashley Kim, winner; Andrew Yung, runner up

Div. Pre grades 4-5, Celina Williams
Div. 3 grades 7-8, Kate Thorensen Hershberger, French horn, winner
Div. 5 grades 11-12, Noah Grove, clarinet, winner; Cheyenne Corin, trumpet, runner up

Div. 6 ensemble grades 5-6, Magic: Aspen Devir/Lola Anderson, winner;
NCSA 5th grade flutes: Payton Parker/Olivia Corbett/Aria Conte/Lauren James/Luna Quaglia/Celena Williams, runner up
Div. 7 ensemble grades 7-8, Mozart Trio: Trina Tang/Amee Van/Alyssa Koh, winner;
Counterpoint II: Noah Prescot/Kai Pettit/Aurora Tomasi/Athena Giuliani, runner up
Div. 8 ensemble grades 9-12, Beethoven Trio: Ashley Kim/Mridini Vijay/Lena Tang, winner;
A & A Duo: Arathi and Athira Vinod, runners up

A note to teachers: This program is not just for your best students, it is an opportunity for every student, helping motivate them to practice and to do something they will always remember! We encourage you to share this experience with all your students.

Rules, Regulations and Applications for the 2018 Competition will be available soon:
Click HERE to download the 2017 YMC ENSEMBLE Application
Click HERE to download the 2017 YMC SOLO Application
Click HERE to download the 2017 YMC Schedule Process Rules Regulations


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