2018 Young Artist Winners!

The Young Artist Competition (YAC) is held annually at Chancellor Baptist Church. This competition for students of classical instruments and voice provides them an opportunity to display their talents and earn rewards.  The winners are invited to perform at the ArtsLIVE! May Chamber Music Festival and with the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra. The YAC Finals Concert is open to the general public.

This year represents the 14th year of the Young Artist Competition.  Sixteen students competed during the audition on January 11.  Nine finalists were chosen to compete on January 20.  A $500 scholarship was awarded to each of the following:

  • Landin Thorsted – Piano
  • Jaden Brown – Voice
  • Kelsey Payne – Violin

ArtsLIVE! looks forward to this competition every year because of the value it provides to aspiring young musicians.

Back Row: Landin Thorsted, Jaden Brown, Lauren Davies, Lydia Foster, Kelsey Payne; Front Row: Youna Steves, Jasmine Sen, Abigail Leidy, and Amiah Mitchell

From the President

December 2016

Dear Friend and Supporter of the Arts,

Did you know that FFPA is the longest and continuously active performing arts nonprofit organization in the Fredericksburg region? This year we celebrate our 30th year of promoting and supporting the performing arts—theatre, dance, choral and instrumental music of all kinds! We have been able to thrive this long because of our desire to evolve with the needs of the community and because of YOU!

Our annual Chamber Music Festival began with the Muir Quartet, a first-of-its-kind event with world-renowned musicians, and 30 years later the Festival has become a much touted and anticipated week of fabulous music. Now, FFPA offers diverse musical programming that includes bluegrass, jazz, ‘80’s rock, and show tunes. Vocal music, dance, and theatre productions have also been added. Our mission is to continue to inspire and educate audiences of all ages with a variety of performances and performers of local, national and international acclaim.

In partnership with VA Opera, we now bring operettas to more than 6,000 elementary school children in schools throughout the region, and winners from our Young Artists Competition perform with the Rappahannock POPS Orchestra and at our annual chamber music concerts. Our Arts in Motion program is also reaching another segment of our community bringing music and entertainment to seniors in assisted living facilities and retirement communities, as well as underserved residents in hospitals and nursing homes. Our partnerships with Rappahannock POPS, Avery Ballet, and The Rude Mechanicals extend our community outreach.

But we need your help to continue to develop innovative programs, form new partnerships, and offer the highest-quality performances. Your membership pledge will help us continue to educate and inspire audiences and celebrate the performing arts in our region. Join us today in celebrating our first 30 years and help us look forward to a bold new future beginning with the
2016-17 season!

Angus Muir
President