The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) recently announced the beginning of its 19th Annual Young Artists Competition with a call for entries.
Every season, one of the best-attended and most-eagerly anticipated events is the VSO Young Artists Competition and the performances of the three winners with the orchestra at its spring concert.
Students up to 18 years of age or under as of Jan. 1, 2013 who reside within a 135-mile radius of Vancouver and are currently studying with a private music instructor are eligible to compete in the categories of piano, strings and brass/woodwinds/percussion.
Following the initial judging of application CD’s by select area musicians, the three top candidates in each category will compete March 10, 2013 in front of an audience at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vancouver. At stake will be scholarship prizes of $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place. First place finishers then will perform their winning selections with Maestro Brotons and The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at concerts May 25 & 26 at Skyview Concert Hall.
Complete information and an application for young artists are available at www.vancouversymphony.org. Deadline for all submissions is Jan. 22, 2013.
Every submission must be approved by the VSO office. It is recommended to get the approval of the repertoire early in the preparation process (September/October). No unapproved submissions will be accepted. For approvals please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Led by Music Director and Conductor Salvador Brotons, now in his 22nd season, The VSO has become a cornerstone of Southwest Washington’s arts community, providing world-renowned classical music, promoting young musicians, and opening doors to classical music for young audiences through events such as the annual In-School concerts, Young Artists Competition and various family-styled special events and performances. With a full-sized professional orchestra of over 70 core members, many of whom are teachers in area school districts and beyond, the orchestra provides the region with a multi-concert classical season every year. The VSO performs most concerts at Skyview Concert Hall, 1300 NW 139th Street, Vancouver. Season support for The VSO is provided by Sterling Bank Family and All Classical 89.9.