Program Overview & Schedule


The TASHCO Young Artists Festival invites Adams County students to explore the arts through competition, workshops and recitals.  Students will have the opportunity to perform, receive critique, attend workshops, and be honored through scholarships for their achievements in the arts.

Now in its 22nd year, the festival is sponsored by the Thornton Arts Sciences and Humanities Council (TASHCO) and managed by the Young Artists Alliance.

The 2017-2018 festival will be held on October 14, 2017 (vocal competition) and April 10-14, 2018 (piano, dance, drama, & string competitions, non competitive recitals, creative workshops).


To participate in the competitions, workshops, and recitals students must meet at least one of the conditions below:

  • Be a resident of Adams County with his/her primary address located within county boundaries
  • Be studying performing arts with a private teacher who is a resident of Adams County
  • Be attending a public, private or performing arts school located within Adams County
  • Be attending any Adams County district school within/out of county boundaries
  • Live within any Adams County school district boundary


For information about each event, follow the links below.  Changes in criteria for each discipline for the 2017-2018 competition are still being considered so check back soon for updates!

General Information

  • Students must perform selections which comply with guidelines.
  • Should a student’s performance exceed set time limits, he/she will be asked to stop.
  • Proper concert etiquette is required. Should violations occur, students will be disqualified.
  • Students, parents and teachers are expected to conduct themselves in a  professional manner at all times.
  • There should be no communication with the judges during the competitions.  Any necessary communication to judges must be done by administrators.
  • The decision of the judges is final. At the judges’ discretion, some awards may not be given. Judging sheets are confidential and provided to students and teachers to further individual progress and development.

Final Concert & Awards Ceremony

All Festival participants are invited to attend the Final Concert on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at Rosa Auditorium at Skyview, 8990 York Street. Festival judges select award winners from the piano, dance, vocal, drama and string competitions to perform. The public is invited to attend this concert at no charge.  Donations are accepted.


For information or clarification please contact Rosalie Keith, Executive Director for the Young Artists Alliance at or 303-457-2289. For emergency assistance, please call Buz Hedglin, Arts and Culture Manager for the City of Thornton, at 720-977-5880.

Schedule of Events – 2017-2018 Young Artists Festival


Date Event Time
October 1 Vocal Registration Deadline midnight
October 6 Late Vocal Registration Deadline midnight
October 14 Vocal Competition


10 am
February 25 Senior Scholarship Deadline 6 pm
March 3 Piano, Dance, Drama, & String Registration Deadline midnight
March 7 Late Piano, Dance, Drama, & String Registration Deadline midnight
March 10 Dance Auditions
Kim Robards Dance Studios
March 16-17 Piano & String Auditions
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
*by appointment
April 6-10 Stage Rehearsals *by appointment
April 10-13 Drama Workshop
April 11-12 Piano Competition
Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center
April 13 String Competition
Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center
April 13 Dance Competition
Rosa Auditorium at Skyview
4:30 pm
April 14 Drama Competition
Rosa Auditorium at Skyview
9:00-10:30 am
April 14 Drama Workshop Performance
Rosa Auditorium at Skyview
11:00-12:00 am
April 14 Creative Workshops: Chorale Workshop, Writing Workshop, Painting Workshop
Skyview High School
10:00 am-12:00 pm
April 14 Piano & String Non-Competitive Recitals
Rosa Auditorium at Skyview
1:00-4:00 pm
April 14 Final Concert and Awards Ceremony
Rosa Auditorium at Skyview
6:30 pm

*Email to set up an appointment



The TASHCO Young Artists Festival is funded in part by the Scientific and Cultural
Facilities District and awarded through the Adams County Cultural Council. Student
scholarships and generous in-kind services are funded by the City of Thornton’s
Community Services Department.

Festival Sponsors

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