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Youth Concerto Competition

Youth Concerto Competition

Eligibility

The Youth Concerto Competition is open to any Puget Sound area high school violin, viola, cello, string bass, harp, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn or trumpet student who has received the recommendation of his/her high school band or orchestra director. Participants must be members in good standing of their high school music program. Home-schooled students are encouraged to participate, with the recommendation of their music instructor.

Benefits and Responsibilities for the Winner

  • Perform as a soloist with the Northwest Sinfonietta on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 7:30pm in Tacoma and on Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 2pm in Puyallup.
  • Receive coaching in style, interpretation, and stage presence from Yaniv Attar, Northwest Sinfonietta Artistic Partner.
  • Receive a scholarship prize.
  • Use this opportunity to gain experience to compete for regional and state solo competitions and college scholarships.

REQUIREMENTS (Read Carefully)

  • The student must perform a live solo audition. The piece performed must be of high musical and technical substance and quality. The piece must be approved in advance of the competition by the Northwest Sinfonietta.
  • The piece or movement from a piece must be performed in its entirety: cuts will not be permitted.
  • The performance time must not exceed 16 minutes.
  • The soloist must be accompanied by piano at the audition. The soloist is responsible for providing their own accompanist.
  • The solo performed at the audition must be the one intended for the performance with the Northwest Sinfonietta.
  • The piece selected must have an orchestral accompaniment no larger than 2fl, 2ob, 1cl, 1bsn, 2hrn, harp, 2perc, strings. Music available as "rental only" will not be acceptable. If the selected piece is not approved by NWS for the competition, the student must select a different piece.
  • The student must be available for daytime rehearsals (times to be specified) during the week of March 24-27, and for concerts on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 7:30pm (Tacoma), and Sunday, March 29 at 2pm (Puyallup)
  • Not all applicants will be selected to audition.

Application

  • Complete the on-line application here.
  • Include in your application a URL to a video 4-5 minutes long showing your best work. This video does NOT have to be your audition piece. The video may be either accompanied or unaccompanied. This video submission will serve as our tool to determine who will be invited to the live auditions, so make it impressive.
  • Pay the $25 non-refundable application fee.

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