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FAME: Foundation for Artistic and Musical Excellence
Would you like an opportunity to study music with a recognized artist teacher? FAME organizes concerts and performances for festival participants of different levels with artists who play a variety of instruments. It also offers RealPlayer clips of previous competitions and has a good number of scholarship awards to give out.

The Lake Placid International Music Seminars
The Lake Placid seminars emphasize music education as more than just improving technique, it also focuses on the role music plays in culture and psychology. There are separate seminars for different instruments, voice, and jazz improvisation.

Music Teachers National Association - Student Competitions
Aimed at students, the competitions are divided into different levels of schooling, chamber works and composition competitions. Download your application forms here or fill them out online, find out about the adjudicators, or travel to MTNA's homepage and check out their annual conference for music education.

National Trumpet Competition (NTC)
Targeted at young trumpet players, the National Trumpet competition tries to give trumpet players the same opportunity as piano or violin players: to be heard as soloists and to hear other trumpet players play solo. You can apply online or download, print out, and mail in the application form.

Rafael Mendez Brass Institute
Do you play a brass instrument and are looking for experience playing with an orchestra or another ensemble? The Rafael Mendez Brass Institute offers a week-long program aimed at expanding performance opportunities and career development for young players by putting participants with professional artists.

Study Buddy: Band and Chorus Survival Tips
This one-pager gives great advice to the young musician on how to audition for band or chorus. Get the tips you need to make every note count.

Summer Music Camps
There's information on and links to a great number of summer music camps all over the Eastern United States and Canada listed on this site. There are camps for choral music, young girls, adults, and more.

UCSC Music Department - String Competition
High school seniors, are you interested in getting in a music scholarship to the University of California at Santa Cruz, which has excellent facilities for teaching music? Participate in this competition and the top prize is a full scholarship for four years.

Yamaha Young Performing Artists
Yamaha organizes many performing events for young musicians. Check out their listings of summer camps in many different states, and other programs like the Lake Placid seminars or Bands of America. Download and print out the application form for Yamaha's young performing artists' program and see if you get an opportunity to participate.

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