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.

2017 Competition Schedule:

1. Preliminaries: Saturday, April 29, Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 S. Church St. Grass Valley (*Enter from back parking lot)

2. Finals: Saturday, May 6, Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 S. Church St. Grass Valley (*Enter from back parking lot)

3. Showcase Concert: Saturday, May 13, St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, 410 S Church St., Grass Valley

Congratulations to the 2016 Winners!

Paul Perry Award – Allan Yu

Gavin Barnhart, 3rd grade, strings div. 1
Milana Ternavsky, 5th grade, strings div. 2
Nikita Khryapin, 6th grade, piano div. 2
Anzhelika Ternavsky, 7th grade, piano div. 2
Amaryn Olmeda, 2nd grade, strings div. 3
Andrew Yung, 9th grade, strings div. 4
Noah Grove, 9th grade, winds/brass div. 4
Kaia Smith, 10th grade, piano div. 4
Allan Yu, 11th grade, strings div. 5
Allan Yu, 11th grade, piano div. 5
Braeden Ames, 12th grade, winds/brass div. 5

Kylee Martin & Aneka Torgrimson, string duo, ensembles grades 3-6, div. 6
Anzhelika Ternavsky & Derrick Kalinyuk, piano four-hands, ensembles grades 7-8, div. 7
Ashley Petrie, Shayna Dunne, Alec Brown, Braeden Ames, flute quartet, ensembles grades 11-12, div. 8

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 2017 Competition are now available:
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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Photography by Jilan Glorfield.


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