Young Artist Competition

2023 Young Artist Competition

Eligibility: Competition participants must not have reached the age of 27 as of June 30, 2023.

Application: Deadline for the submission of application materials is April 1, 2023. Click the button below to begin application.

Young Artist Competition Coordinator: Catherine Wood – [email protected]

Contest Rules

1. Application Fee: $35 USD. All applicants must be members of the ICA and submit the Competition Application. Non-members wishing to apply may join the ICA and become a member. Join now! The application fee is non-refundable. Fee can be paid at this link:

2. Recording Instructions: Please provide a high-quality audio recording containing all repertoire in the exact order as listed in the competition announcement. Each selection should be listed as a single track, and should not contain your name. Please be aware that the quality of the recording will influence the judges. Recordings should not be edited and only continuous performances of entire works or movements are allowed.

Blush for solo clarinet – Jean Ahn

Sonata, Op. 128 (mvts 1 & 2) – Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Concerto No. 1, Op. 26 (3rd mvt only) – Louis Spohr

Piano is required for the Spohr and Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

3. A photocopy of the contestant’s driver’s licensepassport or birth certificate as proof of age.

4. Both the private teacher, if any, and the contestant attest in a separate written and signed statement that the recording is the playing of the contestant and has not been edited.

5. A summer mailing address, telephone number and email address should be provided. Email is the preferred means of communication. Please check your email regularly as this is how you will be contacted.


Judging of recordings will be conducted with no knowledge of the contestant. Do not include any identification on your audio files. There should be no speaking on the recording such as announcing of compositions.

Preliminary judging will be by recorded audition. Finalists will be chosen by the committee. Notification will be sent by May 1, 2023. The final round will be held at ClarinetFest® 2023, in Denver, Colorado, July 5-9, 2023. Finalists will receive a waiver of registration fees for ClarinetFest® 2023. Travel and other expenses will be the responsibility of the contestant. Visa and travel arrangements are solely the responsibility of the contestant.

Repertoire for the final round of competition will consist of selections from the works listed above. A pianist will be provided for competitors in the final round. Memorization is not required. All contestants will accept the decision of the judges as final. Past first-prize winners are not eligible to compete.

All recordings will become the property of the ICA.


First prize – $2,500 USD and a professional clarinet to be announced. The ICA will also feature the first prize winner in a solo performance at its 2024 conference.
Second prize – $1,000 USD
Third prize – $500 USD

The Young Artist Competition is generously sponsored in part by Backun, The Buffet Group, Henri Selmer Paris, and Royal Musical Instruments

The International Clarinet Association assumes no tax liability that competition winners may incur through receiving prize money. Individuals are responsible for investigating applicable tax laws and reporting prize winnings to requisite government agencies. In accordance with U.S. tax law, a 30% tax on the total amount of prize winnings will be withheld and submitted to the United States Internal Revenue Service if the winner is a non-U.S. resident. Prize money will be given in the form of a U.S. check or an electronic PayPal transfer. PayPal transfers must be requested prior to the final awards ceremony on the final evening of ClarinetFest®.