Come see the stars of tomorrow today! If you love music, theatre, dance, and arts of all kinds, here’s your chance to see Michigan’s best and brightest high school performers and visual artists. All events take place on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo are free of charge.
High school and studio ensembles from across the state perform their best work in this all-dance concert. Student choreography is also featured, as well as the experimental results of choreography workshops at the Festival.
The screening highlights over 40 short works by student-artists in myriad categories, including animation, documentary, experimental and music video.
The evening begins with two incredible featured choirs, and the presentation of the 2015 Touchstone Awards to outstanding arts educators. Then, one by one, the five gala soloists take the stage, performing concerto excerpts, accompanied by a full orchestra, with a level of virtuosity rarely seen in teen-age musicians.
The Honors Concert features performances by four student ensembles created just for the Festival, a 120-member choir, a full orchestra, a band and a jazz ensemble. Over 300 students rehearse with guest conductors on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and perform for the first and last time with their ensembles at the Saturday afternoon event.
Quartets, quintets, sextets and more! The instrumental collage features woodwind, string, brass, percussion, chamber and non-traditional ensembles.
Theatre & Creative Writing Showcase
Theatre scenes, monologues and musical performances, and live readings of the work of Festival authors.
Visual Arts Exhibit
Beautifully presented in the Richmond Center Student Gallery, the exhibit features over 100 2D and 3D works created by Festival scholars.
Vocal Solo & Ensemble Recital
Over 150 high school singers take to the stage as soloists or members of a choir in this all-day celebration of vocal music.
The opening ceremonies of the Festival, the Welcoming Celebration features all performing disciplines: dance, theatre, vocal and instrumental music, music composition, and film.
Schedule subject to change
Michigan Youth Arts Festival is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.