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25th Annual Concerto Competition for Youth, Deadline Sept. 15

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


8/12/2011 - The Northwest Florida Symphony Guild, in conjunction with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO) and Northwest Florida State College, announce the 25th Annual Concerto Competition, which is open to students of orchestral instruments, piano, and voice who are 23 years of age or younger. The contest is open to students who are legal residents in 33 counties in Northwest Florida, including Okaloosa, Walton, Santa Rosa, Escambia, Bay, and Washington.

The NFSO is the Emerald Coast's premiere professional orchestra. Youth who enter the Concerto Competition compete for prize money and the opportunity to perform with the NFSO in a live "Stars of Tomorrow" concert to be held on February 17, 2012 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Fine and Performing Arts Center in Niceville. Awards and prize money range from $500 to $1,500.

Interested competitors can find rules and application forms online on the NFSO website at Performers must submit a videotaped performance of their selection by September 15, 2011. Finalists will be notified by October 1, and the live final competition will be held on the campus of Northwest Florida State College on October 15, 2011. All applicants are required to provide their own accompanist for the competition. There are three divisions: Junior (for students through the 8th grade), Senior (for high school students), and College (collegiate students who will be younger than 23 years of age as of February 17, 2012).

The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra has performed each season since 1987 and sponsors numerous educational endeavors for youth such as the Concerto Competition, a Kids-at-the-Symphony program, free annual concerts for all fifth grade students in Okaloosa and Walton County, NFSO musicians who travel to area schools, as well as junior and youth orchestra programs for young musicians.

The Concerto Competition is open to students who are legal residents of the following counties: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Calhoun, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Nassau, Okaloosa, Putnam, Santa Rosa, St. John's, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Wakulla, Walton, and Washington. The decision of the judges is final.

For more information about the Concerto Competition contact faculty coordinator Lois Van Dam at or (850) 729-6009 or the college's Fine Arts Office at (850) 729-5382. The Mattie Kelly Arts Center is located on the Niceville campus of NWF State College at 100 College Boulevard and is easily accessible via Interstate 10, U.S. Highway 285 and Highway 85. ##