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The Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition

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The Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition started in 2010 as a way to identify the next generation of great clarinetists and saxophonists and acknowledge them for their talent, the work it took to succeed and the artistry they display on their instrument.

The competition has also become a vehicle for young composers through the VEA commissions project to enlarge the clarinet and saxophone repertoire.

The Vandoren Emerging artist competition is open to any saxophonist or clarinetist – in Jazz or Classical - between the age of 18 and 23. The winners are chosen by a committee of Vandoren performing artists. Each contestant will submit an audition recording featuring pieces from the required repertoire. The winners will visit Paris to meet representatives from Vandoren and participate in a number of activities.

Applicant must be a U.S. resident, or a residing international student between the ages of 18 and 23 on December 31st, 2023.

All information including repertoire, repertoire advice videos, competition rules and guidelines, prizes, and frequently asked questions can be found on the competition website: 

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