Young Artists Scholarship Program

The Young Artists Scholarship (YAS) provides specific monetary support for the musical development of promising young musicians between the ages of 11 to 24 who reside in the following counties of Central Oregon: Deschutes, Jefferson, Harney, and Crook. The Sunriver Music Festival Board has approved up to $30,000 to be given in scholarship funds to promote the finest quality classical music for the future.

Students must be:

  • A primary resident of Deschutes, Jefferson, Harney, or Crook counties
  • Performing at an advanced upper division level (equivalent to Syllabus Level VII or above for piano students)
  • Ages 11-15 aspiring to become a music major in college, and have sincere hope for a future in classical music.
  • Ages 16-24 planning to become a music major in college, and express a serious commitment to a classical music future.

Types of scholarships available:

  • College level, conservatory tuition, or Masters program up to 1 Masters degree – up to $5,000 per year
  • Advanced private studies with an approved teacher – up to $2,000 per year
  • Approved music camp scholarship to be used the summer of 2024 – up to $2,000

First-time applicants must submit a pre-audition recording by April 3, 2024.

It should include two short contrasting pieces demonstrating musicianship level (less than 5 minutes total). Applicants must use an accompanist if indicated in the music. The pre-audition form must be included with the recording and submitted online. Not all who submit a pre-audition recording will be selected to audition. Students will be notified by email within a week whether or not to submit an application.

***After your pre-audition has been submitted and approved, then you can proceed with the following process.***

Audition Schedule:

All levels & age groups will be auditioned/interviewed Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2, 2024, at 2 Doral Lane in Sunriver. At this audition, 3 pieces must be performed on the primary instrument for which the scholarship is being applied, from 3 different classical periods (Baroque – 20th Century). Musical style takes precedence over composer dates.

The completed application must be submitted online no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. (No late applications will be accepted.)

First-time applicants should submit their pre-audition recording by April 3, 2024 to be screened by committee before being accepted to audition.

Directions for Applying:

(Please read all guidelines on every screen of the online application.)

  • Go to
  • Click “Sign Up” at the bottom of your screen
  • Click “I am an Applicant”
  • Follow the instructions on your screen to create your Acceptd profile
  • Once logged in, click “Browse Programs” (a green button in the top right hand corner of the page) or “Organization Directory”
  • Search for “Sunriver Music Festival”
  • Select the “Student Applicant 2024” program from the “Start an Application” drop down menu. From there, you will be able to fill out your application, pay and submit.

If you have any questions about the online application process or technical difficulties, please contact Applicant support via email at [email protected] or call at 1-888-725-2122.

If you have any questions about scholarship requirements or details and audition music, please contact YAS Chair Jodie Bischof at 541-593-1159 or [email protected].