Zenith Young Artists

Inspiring the next generation of musicians

Zenith Young Artists

Zenith Young Artists, an educational division of the Zenith Chamber Music Festival, is on a mission to cultivate and inspire the musical talents of the next generation. We firmly believe in providing young musicians with opportunities to unleash their artistic potential, extending our commitment to them throughout the year, not just during the Zenith Chamber Music Festival.


Zenith Virtuosi at Drake

Zenith Virtuosi at Drake is a young artist festival which will run for 5 consecutive Sundays starting January 28th and culminating with a public concert on February 25th at 4pm. All festival activities will take place on the Drake University campus (Harmon Fine Arts Center). Acceptance to this festival is contingent upon 1) a successful audition and 2) fulfillment of tuition obligations. Tuition for the festival is $175 per participant with a 50% discount for each additional sibling. The festival is open to any High School aged student currently participating in their school band or orchestra program or who is taking private lessons in the case of home schoolers. 

Video Audition Deadline: December 22nd, 2023
Festival Schedule: January 1/25, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25 from 3 – 5 pm
Event Address: Drake University, Harmon Fine Arts Center

FALL 2023

How to Audition

Meet the Conductor

Héctor Agüero

Héctor Agüero

Hailed as “a strong leader with a style everyone can follow” and a conductor who can “balance music’s delights with its demands,” Héctor Agüero has earned a reputation as a dedicated music educator and a highly sought-after guest conductor. Agüero is also the Artistic Director of the Laredo Philharmonic and serves as Associate Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Studies at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

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