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NFMC Young Artist Competition

Piano, Strings, Man's voice, Woman's voice
The NFMC Young Artist Awards

(Odd Numbered Years)

Age Limit

Instrumentalists: Must have reached the 18th birthday but not the 30th birthday by June 1, the year of auditions

Vocalists: Must have reached the 25th birthday, but not the 37th birthday by June 1, the year of the auditions.


Entry Fee $50 for each category'

Award Amounts

$20,000 - 1st place

$2,000 - 2nd place

$1,000 - 3rd place (Funded by the NFMC, Agnes Fowler Endowment and supplemental endowments)

Deadline for Application February 1, year of auditions

NFMC Chairman: Melanie Perez

File(s): Application Form Requirements Form         Instructions

Current NFMC Young Artists

NFMC is proud to announce the outstanding winners of the Young Artist Awards. For more information about them or about booking them, click here.

Alexander Hersh, cello

2021 TFMC Convention

NFMC Young Artist


Having already performed as soloist with the Houston Symphony and the Boston Pops, cellist Alexander Hersh has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting and creative talents of his generation. He has received top prizes at competitions worldwide including the: 2019 Astral Artists National Auditions, National Federation of Music Clubs Biennial Young Artists Competition, New York International Artists Association Competition, Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra, Ima Hogg, Schadt, Luminarts, Hellam, Boston Pops/New England Conservatory Competition, Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition, Society of American Musicians, and the Fischoff National Chamber Music competition. 


            A passionate chamber musician, Hersh has performed at music festivals worldwide including: Marlboro, Caramoor, Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Music@Menlo, I-M-S Prussia Cove, Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, Amsterdam Cello Biennial, Kneisel Hall, Lucerne, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. He currently serves as co-Artistic Director of NEXUS Chamber Music, a collective of international artists committed to stimulating interest in chamber music who present a two-week summer chamber music festival across Chicago.


            Raised in Chicago, Alexander Hersh began playing the cello at the age of five. He received his B.M. and M.M. from New England Conservatory where he graduated with academic honors. Hersh was a recipient of the Frank Huntington Beebe fund for studies in Berlin during the 2017 - 2018 academic year where he studied at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule for Musik Berlin. His previous teachers have included Laurence Lesser, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Kim Kashkashian, and Paul Katz. He plays a G.B. Rogeri cello on generous loan from a sponsor through Darnton & Hersh Fine Violins in Chicago, IL. 

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