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2017 Promising Young Artist Scholarship

The Department of Music is delighted to announce the nine finalist for the the 6th Annual Promising Young Artist. The following students have been invited to participate in a recital on Sunday evening, March 19th and compete for the $10,000 scholarship to attend La Sierra University Fall 2017. The finalists are:

  • Luke Irvine, piano
  • Jeremy Myung, violin
  • Eliana Kim, violin
  • Andranik Hakobyan, cello
  • Kyra Church, percussion
  • Tiana Whittington, soprano
  • Shaina Hall, piano
  • Emily Pangalila, violin
  • Isabel Serrano, flute


Promising Young Artist Scholarship Competition
Sunday, March 19, 2017 | La Sierra University | Hole Memorial Auditorium | 7PM
The La Sierra University Department of Music invites all high school seniors (or equivalent home-school students) to participate in the 6th Promising Young Artist Scholarship Competition. Both instrumentalists and singers are invited to apply.

  • The first-place winner of the competition will receive a $10,000 scholarship to attend La Sierra University, and a $500 stipend.
  • The second-place winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship to attend La Sierra University, and a $350 stipend.
  • The third-place winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship to attend La Sierra University, and a $150 stipend. 


  • Student must be a high school senior (or equivalent home-school students).
  • Student must submit a letter of recommendation from his/her music instructor.
  • Student must provide their accompanist; in extenuating circumstances the university may provide an accompanist if arrangements are made in advance.
  • Pre-recorded music accompaniment will not be accepted in lieu of an accompanist
  • Student must provide an original copy of his/her piece and three additional copies for adjudicators the day of the recital.
  • Applications, repertoire, and audition videos will be screened by Department of Music Faculty  until FEBRUARY 19, 2017.
  • Participants selected to move onto the performance round will be notified by February 27, 2017.
  • Total length of the video submission should not to exceed 15 minutes.
    • It is suggested that the student choose two contrasting works that display lyric and technical ability or one large work that contains both (please see Repertoire Guideline section of the application).
  • Total length of the performance piece at the recital on March 19th should not exceed 10 minutes.
    • Performers that exceed 10 minutes during the recital are subject to being interrupted by the event host mid-performance.
  • Memorization is encouraged for the recital on March 19th.
  • Complete applications including the $50 registration fee must be received no later than FEBRUARY 19, 2017.
    • Checks can be made out to: Department of Music 4500 Riverwalk Parkway Riverside, CA 92515 - please write “Promising Young Artist” on the memo line.
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted


The top 3 prize-winners must abide by the following stipulations in order to fully redeem the amount/scholarship:

  • Student must be enrolled in at least ONE major ensemble and ONE chamber group each quarter.
  • Student must maintain a 3.2 GPA each quarter (must provide proof of GPA to the music dept. each quarter).
  • Student must take a minimum of 14 units each quarter.
  • Student must maintain good academic and citizenship standing.
  • Failure to abide by the agreed stipulations may lead to loss of their scholarship.
  • All scholarships must be coordinated with the student’s other financial aid awards, and may be subject to adjustment.

For further information, please contact the Department of Music by email,, or call the office at 951-785-2036.


Repertoire Guidelines

Vocal Applicants:
Applicants must be prepared to present three musical compositions:

  1. One Italian art song or aria from 18th century or before.
  2. One art song in English
  3. One selection of the applicant’s choice. It may be from Broadway theatre repertoire.

String Applicants:

  • Fast movement from a 19th or 20th century concerto
  • Two contrasting movements from an unaccompanied Bach sonata or partita
  • One concert piece of applicant's choice


  • One movement from any standard concerto (i.e. Walton, Bartok, Hindemith, Stamitz, Hoffmeister)
  • Two contrasting movements from an unaccompanied Bach solo suite (originally for cello)


  • One movement from any standard concerto
  • Two contrasting movements from an unaccompanied Bach solo suite
  • One concert piece of applicant's choice

Double Bass:

  • Two contrasting movements from a Baroque sonata (i.e. Vivaldi, Handel, Bach, Corelli)
  • One étude

Keyboard Applicants:

  • Bach, Prelude and Fugue, Toccatas, Fantasies, or selections from his suites (French, English, and Partitas)
  • A movement from a classical sonata
  • Your choice of repertoire from the Romantic or Contemporary period

Wind & Percussion Applicants:

  • Prepare two selections that are contrasting styles from different periods (personal compositions will not be accepted)


  • Prepare one selection demonstrating your technique and control on two of the following instruments that you play: snare drum, xylophone or marimba, timpani, and drum set.

***Guidelines are subject to change. If you have any questions or concerns about the repertoire you plan to present please contact the Dept. of Music to connect with the area director.