National Winners of the YoungArts Foundation

Music Institute of Chicago Students Win at National YoungArts


November 21, 2014


Congratulations to Music Institute of Chicago Academy students Nicolas Brown, Merit Award recipient and Nathan Walhout, Honorable Mention recipient

The YoungArts Foundation awarded, out of more than 11,000 applications received, 786 YoungArts Winners in the visual, literary, design and performing arts. These young artists represent some of our nations very best in: cinematic arts, dance, design arts, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing. Nicholas Brown, 18, studies with Almita and Roland Vamos and Nathan Walhout, 17, studies with Gilda Barston.


These Winners have the opportunity to attend YoungArts programs which include master classes with internationally renowned artists, workshops, interdisciplinary activities, performances, and exhibitions. In addition, all YoungArts Winners join the ranks of our 20,000 YoungArts alumni and go on to the top universities and conservatories across the country to become leading professionals in their fields.


Last November, National Winners included Academy students Gallia Kastner, Finalist, Hansuh Rhee, Honorable Mention, and Zachary Brandon, Merit.


Recognition Levels

Merit: Receive a Certificate of Achievement, a medallion, a Recommendation Letter and are invited to participate in regional programs. The winner's high school also receives an engraved plaque with the names of every winner from that school.

Honorable Mention: Receives the same benefits as a Merit winner plus a $250 monetary award.

Finalist: Receives the same benefits as a Merit winner plus an invitation to National YoungArts Week held in January for final adjudication to determine award designation (Level 3 $1000, Level 2 $1500, Level 1 $3000, Silver $5000, Gold $10,000).


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