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Northwest Florida Symphony Guild Hosts 27th Annual Concerto Competition for Youth; Application Deadline: September 16, 2013

Mattie Kelly Arts Center

 


8/13/2013 - The Northwest Florida Symphony Guild, in conjunction with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO) and Northwest Florida State College, announce the 27th Annual Concerto Competition, which is open to students of orchestral instruments, keyboard 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 7, 2014, at the Mattie Kelly 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 www.nfsymphony.org. Performers must submit a videotaped performance of their selection by September 16, 2013. Finalists will be notified by September 29, 2013, and the live final competition will be held on the campus of Northwest Florida State College on October 19, 2013. 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 grades 9-12), and College (undergraduate students to age 23).

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 vandaml@nwfsc.edu 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.

Important Dates

Sept. 16, 2013 - Application Packet Due

Oct. 19, 2013 - Competition Finals

Feb. 7, 2014 - Winner(s) Perform with NFSO

27th ANNUAL CONCERTO COMPETITION

Sponsored by the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Guild & Northwest Florida State College Competition Rules:

• The competition is open to performers of orchestral instruments, keyboard, and voice who (or if dependent, whose parents) maintain a legal residence in Northwest Florida in the following counties: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Calhoun, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsen, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Nassau, Okaloosa, Putnam, Santa Rosa, St. John’s, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Wakulla, Walton, Washington

• All applicants must provide a DVD or YouTube link of one movement of a concerto with piano accompaniment for the initial screening. If you wish your recording be returned, please provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

• Please consider musical selections carefully. The judges and music director reserve the right to disqualify a contestant on the basis of a selection that is not suitable for this competition. The most successful pieces have come from the standard repertoire. Consideration must be made of the availability and expense of orchestral scores for possible performance with the NFSO. Contact Music Director Jeffrey Rink (rinkj@nwfsc.edu) with questions regarding repertoire.

• All applicants will be notified by e-mail no later than September 29, 2013, regarding their participation as a finalist in the live audition.

• Contestants may win only one time in any division.

• All finalists are required to provide their own accompanist for the live audition.

• All finalists are required to perform by memory.

• Live auditions will be held on SATURDAY OCTOBER 19, 2013, in the Tyler Recital Hall of The Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center at Okaloosa-Walton College, Niceville, Florida.

• Winner(s) will perform, at the Music Director’s discretion, with the NFSO in concerts (morning and/or evening) on February 7, 2014.

• The decision of the judges is FINAL.

• The 27th Annual Concerto Competition is divided into three divisions: Junior Division, Senior Division, and College Division. The competition makes awards in the amounts of $500 for Junior Division (through 8th grade), $1,000 for Senior Division (grades 9-12), and $1,500 for College Division (college undergraduates only who are 23 years or younger at performance). There may or may not be a winner in each division. There will be no ties within any division. The awards will be presented to winner(s) on February 22, 2013.

• Application packets must be postmarked by September 16, 2013, and must include the following:

• Completed application form

• Non-refundable fee of $35.00—made out to NFSO Concerto Competition

• DVD recording of concerto movement (or link to YouTube)

• Submit application materials to:

JEFFREY RINK, MUSIC DIRECTOR

NORTHWEST FLORIDA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

NORTHWEST FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE

100 COLLEGE BOULEVARD

NICEVILLE, FLORIDA 32578-1295

www.nfsymphony.org

850-729-6023

Northwest Florida State College - 100 College Boulevard

Niceville, FL 32578

An Equal Access/Equal Opportunity Institution

A p p l i c a t i o n F o r m

27th ANNUAL CONCERTO COMPETITION

Sponsored by the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra Guild & Northwest Florida State College

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Birth date Grade/Level School

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Applicant’s Name

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Address

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City State Zip

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County

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Phone Instrument

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E-mail

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Composer Movement(s)

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Title of Work—including Key and Opus Number if available

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Signature of Applicant (Guardian if under 18 yrs of Age)

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Link to Youtube (if DVD not provided)