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Welcome to YAA’s new Audition Registration portal, hosted by Acceptd. This portal is where students can register for an audition for our audition-based Performance Ensembles (YAACompany, YAAjunior) as well as our audition-based Classes (YAAStudios I, II, III, & IV) and our new pre-professional classical voice program, YAAClassical: Voice.  YAAOrchestra is fully enrolled for the 2020-2021 season.

Winter/Spring Deadlines for Audition Registration and Video Submission is Saturday, November 28, 2020 for YAACompany & YAAjunior. You can start your registration via this portal now, and upload your videos at a later time (no later than 11/28).

Deadline for Audition Registration and Video Submission is Saturday, December 19, 2020 for YAAStudio I-IV. You can start your registration via this portal now, and upload your videos at a later time (no later than 12/19).

How to register for an audition through this system:
  1. Choose your program on the top left of this page: START AN APPLICATION.
  2. Click the green APPLY button.
  3. Create an account with Acceptd (if you don't have one already).
    • Acceptd is a new audition portal for us, and is not the same as ACTIVE that you may have used in the past to register/pay tuition.

Young Artists of America (YAA) is a nonprofit performing arts training program based in the Washington DC metropolitan area. YAA trains some of the region’s most gifted and committed students with year-round classes and performance opportunities during the school year. We work with about 500+ students per year and perform for 5,000+ audience members at world-class venues like The Kennedy Center and the Music Center at Strathmore, which is our home stage. What makes our youth performance ensembles different from others is that we perform with our own full youth symphonic orchestra and collaborate with leading artists and educators from the Broadway and classical music world. YAA has won several local accolades including a regional Emmy award. More information on YAA can be found at

YAA offers the following audition-based programs from September thru May:

  • YAAOrchestra for Instrumentalists (Grades 9-12 + Gap Year)
  • YAACompany for Singers/Actors/Dancers (Grades 9-12 + Gap Year)
  • YAAjunior for Singers/Actors/Dancers (Grades 5-8)

CLASSES in Musical Theatre (placement based on audition)
  • YAAStudio I (Grades 5-8)
  • YAAStudio II (Grades 8-10)
  • YAAStudio III (Grades 9-12)
  • YAAStudio IV: Pre-BFA (Grades 11-12 + Gap Year)

in Classical Voice
(admission based on audition or invitation)
  • YAAClassical: Voice (College thru Pre-Professional)

- Auditions for YAAOrchestra and YAAjunior are held in September for the full season.
- Auditions for YAACompany and the YAAStudios I-IV are held in September for the Fall session and November/December for the Spring session.
- Auditions for YAAClassical: Voice are held in the Fall, Winter and Spring.

There is a $30 application fee. Please note that the fee is only required on your first application. For any subsequent applications, please enter the following coupon code in the payment section of the application: 02YAA01

Applicants can apply for a waiver to this application fee by submitting financial documentation to Acceptd. Please visit the Acceptd Support Desk for more information.

For audition questions, please reach out to or (301) 272-8604
For technical questions, please visit the Acceptd Help Desk.