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YTV Youth Commission

The Youth Commission is one of the 30 programs managed by Young Tradition Vermont.  Each year a current or previous member of the Young Tradition Touring Group is selected for the YTV commission for the year (July through the following June). The person selected is charged with creating a small ensemble (4-6 members) and a program of original compositions/arrangements with mentors/master artists of their choosing, which is presented at performances, festivals and other events.

The commissioned artist selected each year is expected to have been a winner or finalist at the Young Tradition Vermont annual contest, a current or previous artist leader for the Touring Group, and has performed in Vermont as well with at least one or more of Touring Group trips (e.g. England, Ireland, Cape Breton, Scotland, Japan, metro New York/New Jersey).

The commissioned artist is in charge of scheduling and organizing rehearsals and working with the YTV Executive Director about progress, challenges, opportunities, etc.  The Youth Commission is designed as a next-step opportunity for young artists who have been involved with the Touring Group for a number of years, in addition to the annual contest and who shows promise as a composer/arranger/band leader.

A major emphasis for the commission is having an ensemble that represents the YTV organization as ambassadors, and availability for projects and performing opportunities, including those the full Touring Group can’t manage because of its size (25-30 members).

Here’s a video from the 2019/2020 group’s first rehearsal at the Burlington Violin Shop on 10/5/19: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ENhyuHHPwM.

More information about the Youth Commission from mark.sustic@gmail.com.