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Young Performers Career Advancement

Celebrating 27 years, the Young Performers Career Advancement (YPCA, pronounced “YIP-Kah”) program was designed by the APAP Classical Connections Committee to support classical musicians in the formative stages of their careers.
APAP|NYC 2020 YPCA Participants, Ivalas Quartet, by Adam Kissick/APAP

Attend the YPCA Showcase

Will you be attending the APAP|NYC conference?  The YPCA Showcase featuring the current YPCA Class is always a highlight.

The 2025 YPCA Showcase will take place on January 13, 2025 at Merkin Hall.

Meet the Class of 2024 performers here.

Support YPCA through the Classical Connections Endowment here.

RSVP for the YPCA Showcase

About YPCA

By participating in APAP's Young Performers Career Advancement (YPCA) program, classical musicians in the formative stages of their careers will receive invaluable advice from industry professionals, develop strategies for communicating with presenters, managers, audiences, and other artists, and learn to set long-term, professional goals in a field that has seen tremendous change over the past few years.

The YPCA program consists of online professional development seminars, one-on-one coaching, and the opportunity to fully participate in the annual APAP conference between January 10-14, 2025, and a showcase performance at Merkin Hall on January 13, 2025. 

Participants in the YPCA program will:

  • Receive a complimentary full conference registration to APAP|NYC 2025
  • 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 Merkin Hall in the only APAP-produced showcase at APAP|NYC 2025

Dates and Deadlines

YPCA Applications Open — June 24, 2024
YPCA Applications Close — July 24, 2024
YPCA Notifications — August 18-24, 2024
YPCA Cohort Confirmation — September 6, 2024

For questions about the program, please email programs@apap365.org.

When and How to Apply

Meet the Class of 2022

Photo: APAP members smiling and interacting at the APAP|NYC 2024 opening plenary (Adam Kissick/APAP).
Photo: APAP members smiling and interacting at the APAP|NYC 2024 opening plenary (Adam Kissick/APAP).

Please read the application guidelines and preview before applying.

Photo: Joseph Parrish performing at the APAP 2024 YPCA showcase (Adam Kissick/APAP).
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