Masterclasses & Competitions

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21-22 Masterclass Series

The 21-22 masterclass series features a line-up of seven illustrious musicians, as follows:

      • Sunday, December 5, 6:30 pm —Sonora Slocum (Flute),
        • The time to apply is now past.
      • Sunday, January 16, 6:00 pm — Megumi Kanda (Trombone),
        • Postponed until Spring.
      • Sunday, January 23, 6:30 pm — Derek Powell (Violin),
        • Postponed until Spring.
      • Sunday, February 6, 6:00 pm — Alicia Lee (Clarinet),
        • Clarinet players can apply for the masterclass here.
      • Sunday, February 13, 7:00 pm — Samantha Rodriguez (Viola),
        • Viola players can apply for the masterclass here
      • Sunday, March 6, 6:30pm — Susan Babini (Cello),
        • Cello players can apply for the masterclass here.
      • Sunday, March 20, 6:00 pm — Naha Greenholtz (violin)
        • Violinists can apply for the masterclass here.

The series will be completely virtual and students must submit a link to a recording of their playing in the masterclass application form. This recording will be shared with the guest artist and the masterclass audience during the Zoom masterclass. Students and Guest Artists will use the submitted video as the starting point of their work together during the Zoom masterclass.

Masterclass Artist Collage

2021-22 Guest masterclass artists are pictured above (from left to right):  Derek Powell, Alicia Lee, Naha Greenholtz, Samantha Rodriguez, Susan Babini, Sonora Slocum and Megumi Kanda.

Competitions

Each spring, WYSO holds the Concerto Competition for Youth and Philharmonia Orchestra members. Students will compete for the prizes of soloing with the Youth and Philharmonia Orchestras in the Spring Concerts.

 

TIMELINE

 2021 – 2022 Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition:

    • December 1, 2021: Applications open.
    • Select your repertoire. Refer to the list of pre-approved repertoire for Youth Orchestra and and contact Yanzel Rivera at yanzel@wysomusic.org ASAP if your choice is not on the list.
    • January 24, 2022: Online Application DUE with $30 Fee.
    • January 29, 2022: All applicants will be informed of their audition times. Audition times are are assigned with accompanists’ schedules in mind.
    • February 5, 2022: In-person Auditions will be held Saturday, February 5, 2022 from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
    • May 27, 2022: Winners will perform with the Youth Orchestra at the Spring Concert at the Hamel Music Center on Friday, May 27, 2022
    • Honorable Mentions will perform at the Youth Honors Recital  (TBD)
    • This competition is also used to apply for the Murphy Family Interlochen Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship to assist with the six-week camp tuition. (Members may audition for the Interlochen Scholarship only, the Concerto Competition only, or both. This is the last question on the form.)

    Click here for Youth Orchestra Submission Form!

2021 – 2022 Philharmonia Orchestra Concerto Competition:

    • December 1, 2021: Applications open.
    • Select your repertoire. Refer to the list of pre-approved repertoire for Philharmonia and and contact Yanzel Rivera at yanzel@wysomusic.org ASAP if your choice is not on the list.
    • January 24, 2022: Online Application DUE with $30 Fee.
    • January 29, 2022: All applicants will be informed of their audition times. Audition times are are assigned with accompanists’ schedules in mind.
    • February 6, 2022: In-person Auditions will be held Sunday, February 6, 2022 from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
    • May 22, 2022: Winner will perform with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Bolz Family Spring Concert on Sunday May 22, 2022
    • Honorable Mentions will perform at the Philharmonia Honors Recital (TBD)

      Click here for Philharmonia Orchestra Submission Form

AUDITION DETAILS

    • Your choice of repertoire must be approved before your application will be accepted. Refer to the list of pre-approved repertoire for your orchestra and contact Yanzel Rivera at yanzel@wysomusic.org ASAP if your choice is not on the list.
    • Members who have previously won the competition with a specific WYSO orchestra may not compete with the same orchestra again.
    • Auditions are limited to 10 minutes of an approved concerto. Competitors should prepare a section or movement of their concerto that fits within this time frame and best represents their ability. The time-keeper will indicate when time is up. (Winners will perform their concert/movement without cuts, although pieces should be limited to 18 minutes.
    • Competitors must secure an accompanist for the audition. Please inform the accompanist in advance that the auditions will be recorded for study purposes.
    • Memorization is encouraged but is not required.
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