Young Performers Career Advancement

Celebrating 22 years in 2019, the Young Performers Career Advancement (YPCA, pronounced “YIP-Kah”) program was designed by the APAP Classical Connections Initiative to support classical musicians in the formative stages of their careers. As a selected YPCA artist, you can attend intensive, specialized seminars at the APAP|NYC conference and meet with established presenters, agents, managers, agents and artists. The annual YPCA showcase at APAP|NYC is a much-anticipated special event.

APAPNYC 2018 YPCA Tessa Lark by Adam Kissick/APAP


What you’ll find here:

  • When and how you can apply to YPCA

  • How to attend the YPCA showcase

  • Past participants

Participants in the YPCA program will:

  • Receive a complimentary full conference registration to APAP|NYC

  • Get a practical overview of the presenting and touring industry and expert instruction in audience engagement

  • Learn to set long-term career goals, including developing your vision and identity

  • Develop strategies for communicating with presenters, managers, audiences and other artists

  • Gain networking resources that last an entire career

  • Perform at Carnegie Hall in the only APAP-produced showcase at APAP|NYC 

Attend the Showcase

Monday, January 7, 2019
Showcase: 6-8 p.m., reception with hors d'oeuvres to follow.
Free and open to the public.
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
57th Street and Seventh Avenue in Manhattan
(Entrance near 154 West 57th Street)

Opportunities to Engage

Meet the artists

Each year, YPCA supports the best and brightest emerging stars in classical music. Meet the most recent class here. Be sure to RSVP to APAP’s only self-produced showcase featuring this year’s class of YPCA participants, performing in Carnegie Hall. The YPCA showcase is always free and open to the public. Hors d'oeuvres are provided.

Inside Arts articles

Read about how the program has grown over the years and get in-depth insights from alumni.