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Julian Dans ’25 Among Distinguished Group of High Schoolers Across the Country Named a 2024 National YoungArts Award Winner
Julian Dans ’25 Among Distinguished Group of High Schoolers Across the Country Named a 2024 National YoungArts Award Winner

Congratulations to Julian Dans ’25 on receiving a 2024 National YoungArts Award in the Voice category. Dans has been recognized for his caliber of achievement and joins nearly 700 of the most accomplished young visual, literary and performing artists from across the country, heralding the next generation of artists to watch. YoungArts award winners are selected through a highly competitive application, which is reviewed by panels of esteemed, discipline-specific artists in a rigorous adjudication process. 2024 YoungArts award winners join a distinguished community of artists who are offered creative and professional development support throughout their careers. 

"For my submission, I created a video featuring three original songs,” said Dans. “It's truly gratifying to see that the time and dedication I've invested in my work are being appreciated. This recognition serves as a marker that I'm on the right path."

“Julian has spent summers studying songwriting and taking extra courses outside of the school day. I'm not at all surprised that he was selected,” said Carrie Dietsch, Middle & Upper School Choral Music Teacher at Viewpoint. “Julian has always sought out opportunities to share his work, which is so brave and inspiring for a kid of his age. He’s one of the most creative kids I've taught in my 19 years.”

All YoungArts award winners have demonstrated exceptional technique, a strong sense of artistry, and an extraordinary commitment to developing their crafts. This year, winners were selected from more than 9,000 applications across 10 artistic disciplines – classical music, dance, design, film, jazz, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing. Each award winner will receive a monetary award of $250. 

“It is an extraordinary privilege to welcome these brilliant young artists into the YoungArts community,” said YoungArts President Clive Chang. “We’re honored to recognize and encourage these artists at this critical stage in their careers, and we’re looking forward to playing an active, ongoing role in what will no doubt be an incredible artistic journey for each of them.”

For the duration of their career, Dans is eligible for exclusive creative and professional development support; microgrants and financial awards; presentation opportunities in collaboration with major venues and cultural partners nationwide; and access to YoungArts Post, a free, private online platform for YoungArts artists to connect, collaborate and discover new opportunities. 2024 YoungArts winners also have the opportunity to participate in YoungArts Labs, all-expenses paid learning intensives with field-defining artists working in New York and Los Angeles.

As a YoungArts award winner, Dans joins a distinguished group of accomplished artists from across the country, including Daniel Arsham, Terence Blanchard, Camille A. Brown, Timothée Chalamet, Viola Davis, Amanda Gorman, Judith Hill, Jennifer Koh, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Andrew Rannells, Desmond Richardson and Hunter Schafer. 

The YoungArts competition is open to artists 15-18 years old. For those interested, more information can be found here.

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