Sunday, October 12, 2008

Vancouver Symphony opens Young Artist Competition

The Vancouver Symphony is accepting applications for its 15th annual competition for young musicians. Three finalists get the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the orchestra and cash prizes up to $1,500.

Here are the details from the orchestra's press release:

"The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will host its Fifteenth Annual Young Artists Competition in 2009. Local student instrumentalists will vie for a scholarship and a chance to perform with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on April 18 and 19, 2009 at Skyview High School Concert Hall in Vancouver.

The competition is open to all students 18 years (as of January 1, 2009) or younger in three categories: strings, brass/woodwinds/percussion and piano. Contestants must be currently studying with a music teacher and must reside within a 35-mile radius of Vancouver, Washington. Previous first-place winners of this competition are not eligible. The musical selection shall consist of standard concerto repertoire and must be less than fifteen minutes in length.

Professional musicians in each category will select the finalists. Up to nine finalists will perform “concert style” before a panel of judges also comprised of professional musicians. The final competition of the top three finalists in each category will be held February 22, 2009.

Applications and information may be obtained by contacting The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at (360) 735-7278. The deadline for filing of the application and audition tape is January 5, 2009. All applicants will be notified of the preliminary judging decision during the week of February 2, 2009."

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