VSA Florida

5th Annual VSA Florida Young Soloists Program

April 19, 2011
It's talent search time for VSA Florida!  If you know of a student that meets the criteria that has been set for this amazing musical opportunity, please make every effort to encourage their application process.  If you are a student....we're waiting to hear from you.

Since 1984, the VSAInternational Young Soloists Program has been seeking to identify talented musicians who have a disability. The VSA International Young Soloists Award is given annually to four outstanding musicians, two from the United States and two from the international arena, providing an opportunity for these emerging musical artists to each earn a $5,000 award and a performance in Washington, D.C.


Matthew Oliver, 2010-2011 Young Soloist

Matthew Oliver

2010-2011 VSA Florida Young Solist

Florida Affiliate Program


All United States VSA affiliates implement their own Young Soloists Programs. VSA Florida is

proud to announce our 5th annual statewide program featuring the talent of our young musicians.  Finalists selected by a panel of judges will be showcased at a Florida Orchestra "Concert in the Park" this fall. Additionally, these finalists will represent Florida by having their musical entries sent to Washington, DC to compete in the VSA International Young Soloist Program.




Any individual musician (instrumental or vocal) from the United States who has a disability, age 25 and under is eligible to apply. Individual musicians should complete the Individual Musician Application Form.

Applications from musical ensembles (two to eight members) will be accepted and should complete the Ensemble Application Form. This includes any type of ensemble from a rock band to a chamber ensemble to a drum corps. In order to be eligible, at least one member of the ensemble must have a disability. All members of the ensemble must fulfill age requirements as stated above.


All types of music will be accepted, including but not limited to Rock/Alt Rock, Pop, Indie, Classical, Country/Folk, Jazz, R&B/Blues, Hip Hop/Rap, Latin, and World.


As defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, a disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. (Impairment is a physiological disorder affecting one or more of a number of body systems, or a mental or psychological disorder.)

Caroline Senko

Caroline Senko, 2010-2011

 VSA Florida Young Soloist


Selection Process

A panel of knowledgeable and prominent judges comprised of music professionals and educators will assist with the selection process. The 2010-2011 judges included two professional musicians and professors of music from USF and music professor from Hillsborough Community College. 


Selection Criteria


The VSA Florida Young Soloists Program selection panel will evaluate each audition recording in the areas of technique, tone, rhythm, interpretation, and intonation (if applicable).


Performance Opportunities


Recipients of the VSA Florida Young Soloists Award will be featured in pre-concert performance at the Fall Florida Orchestra's "Concert in the Park" in St. Petersburg in October 2011.  All travel expenses for winners and their parents are covered by VSA Florida.


Application Procedures Checklist


You can access the applications on line at www.vsafl.org or follow the links below:

 Ensemble Application   Individual Application


Each applicant is required to submit the following materials:


�� Completed and signed Individual Musician OR Ensemble Application Form.


�� One-page narrative including biographical information and the reasons why the applicant feels he/she should be selected as the recipient of the 2011-2012 VSAFlorida Young Soloists Award. This information should focus on the applicant's musical training and experience and not the applicant's disability.


�� Recording of three (3) musical selections.  A DVD or CD recording is preferred.


Hints: The music and artistry should be easily heard on your recording. It isn't necessary for the selections to be from one performance, but they should represent recent performances. Application materials should be sent to the address below and received no later than June 15, 2011.



Please submit the attached application form, your narrative, and your audition recording as soon as possible. 

Applications will be accepted up until June 15, 2011.  Deadline final.


Please send to:


Wendy Finklea

VSA Florida Young Soloists Program

4202 E. Fowler Ave. EDU105

Tampa, Florida  33620


Thanks so much...looking foward to hearing from you soon!


Wendy Finklea
Education Coordinator

VSA Florida