Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Announces Youth Concerto Competition

The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce its annual Student Concerto Competition. It will be held on Wednesday, March 12 from 3:30pm – 7pm in Jansen Music Hall, Clarke University.

Participation is open to students of strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, or piano, in grades 8 – 12. Applicants must be a member of the Dubuque Symphony Youth Ensembles, or live within 50 miles of Dubuque. First place winners cannot re-enter the competition for one year. Applicants may perform as instrumental soloists or as part of a duet, trio, or quartet. 

The Concerto Competition is an excellent opportunity for young artists to develop solo music performance skills, and enhance their music performance portfolio. Competitors will perform one movement of a concerto or other work with readily available orchestral accompaniment. The selection should be no more than 10 minutes in length and need not be memorized. Each applicant must provide his/her own accomplished piano accompanist on the day of the competition.

Judges include Music Director and Conductor of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, William Intriligator, and other professional musicians. Competitors will be judged on musicianship, technical proficiency, intonation, ensemble with accompanist, poise, and overall presentation of the work.

The First Place winner will be awarded $200 and may be invited to perform their concerto movement with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra the following season under the direction of Maestro William Intriligator.  Performances with the DSO typically take place on education or family concerts. The Second Place winner will be awarded $150 and may be invited to perform their concerto movement with the Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra the following season. The Third Prize winner will be awarded $75 and may be asked to perform with the Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra.  An Honorable Mention certificate may also be awarded.

Because the top prizes in the competition include a performance of the concerto movement with orchestra, it is highly recommended that applicants choose repertoire that allows them to perform at their best, rather than choosing repertoire that is impressively difficult.

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Contestants must submit an application form to the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra no later than Friday, February 21. The application form and a full list of rules can be found online at www.DubuqueSymphony.org. Qualified entrants will be advised of their performance time by Wednesday, March 5.

For more information, contact Madalyn Mackey, Education Programs Coordinator, at mmackey@dubuquesymphony.org or (563) 557-1677.

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