Young Artist Competition

In order to foster musical talent in our community and to give young musicians the valuable opportunity to perform as a soloist with an orchestra, the Hampton Roads Philharmonic is opening a portion of its season to feature a young soloist. Decided by an adjudicated competition, the winner will perform with the Hampton Roads Philharmonic as a featured soloist in its annual Young Artist Competition Showcase performance.

The competition will be held Sunday, November 5th 2017  at The American Theatre in Phoebus, Virginia.

Application & registration fee must be received by October 29th, 2017. After registration closes, late applicants may be taken only as time and space allows or becomes available. If we cannot accommodate your registration, your registration fee will be not be processed.

Rules & Details
Open to participants up to age 21.
Limited to 30 participants.
With maximum entries, time on stage will be limited to 10 minutes.
After registration is closed and we have received all applicants, you will be assigned an audition period for your performance. We will make an effort to accommodate a time preference, but cannot guarantee any certain time. Please make yourself available for the duration of the competition.
Participants must make arrangements for their own accompanist.
Participants must provide at least one published or legally printed edition of the music they are performing for the judges; participants are requested to provide (3) copies—one for each judge. This music is to be submitted to the judges immediately before competing and will be returned after you compete. No unauthorized photo copies are allowed. It is the participant’s responsibility to follow copyright permission from the publisher for any reproductions—including page turns, adjudicator copies, and accompanist copies.
If necessary, the adjudicators may recommend multiple winners. While not anticipated, the adjudicators may also determine that none of the participants’ performances meet the requirements to perform with the HRP. The HRP reserves the right to not award a winner, or to award multiple winners.
The Music Director of the HRP will make the final programming decision for the Young Artist Competition Showcase Concert in March.

Results will be decided and announced by November 10th 2017. The HRP will send results via email and through Facebook, website & social media.

Placement, Awards and Decision
A Grand Prize winner will be chosen by the judges for a $500 award and performance opportunity with the Hampton Roads Philharmonic. At their discretion, the judges may acknowledge additional participants in the form of Runner Up or Honorable Mention placements. An Encouragement Award is reserved for an outstanding young soloist. Results will be decided and announced by November 10th 2017. The HRP will send results via email and through Facebook, website & social media.

Winner must be available for the following dates to perform with the Hampton Roads Philharmonic in March:

2/20 Rehearsal – 7-9pm @ HRP Rehearsal Hall – Ft. Monroe
2/27 Rehearsal – 7-9pm @ HRP Rehearsal Hall – Ft. Monroe
3/6 Dress Rehearsal 7-9pm @ The American Theater
3/11 Performance 2:30pm (1:30 Call) @ The American Theater

Runner up and honorable mentions may be asked to perform if the winner becomes unavailable.

For the competition, participants are expected to prepare a movement of a concerto or appropriate concert piece. Participants are encouraged to come prepared with additional movements, but stage time will be limited to 10 minutes. Judges may stop you to ask for certain movements or selections during your time.

In order to create a successful musical collaboration between the orchestra and soloist, it is strongly recommended that your piece fall within the following instrumentation & guidelines. Ideally, a winner will be chosen with repertoire that is also a good musical fit for the orchestra.

The instrumentation of your piece may include up to:

2 Flutes (1 Doubling Piccolo)
2 Oboes (1 Doubling English Horn)
2 Clarinets
2 Bassoons

4 Horns
2 Trumpets
3 Trombones
1 Tuba

Snare Drum
Bass Drum

1 Harp

String Orchestra

Your piece should require no rental fees, and have a score, parts, and materials that are in print and readily available.

As you choose your piece, keep in mind the programming and musical concerns that the orchestra would need to accommodate in order to perform your piece such as length, overall difficulty, unusual instrumentation, or other demands.

Recent successful collaborations have been well-known and accessible concerti from the standard repertoire such as:

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor Op. 64
Sibelius Violin Concerto, Op 47
Weinawski Violin Concerto No. 2, Op 22
Elgar Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85
Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25

The American Theatre
125 E. Mellen St.
Hampton, VA 23663

To Enter
Please submit the application and a $25 non-refundable registration fee. This fee compensates our guest adjudicators and covers operational costs related to the competition.

Application due with paid registration fee by October 29th, 2017.

If we are unable to accommodate your application due to capacity or late registration, your registration fee will not be processed.

Paper application mailable and checks made payable to:
Hampton Roads Philharmonic
5 Boxwood St.
Hampton, Va, 23669

Online application available here.
Paper application available here.

**Please note: Online applications must be paid online. Paper applications must be mailed with check. Applications without an application fee will not be processed and you will not receive an audition time.**


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