Calling all young classical musicians between
the ages of 14 and 23 in North and South Carolina!
89.9 FM WDAV Classical Public Radio, with the generous support of OrthoCarolina, is launching the Young Chamber Musicians Competition for exceptionally talented young musicians (ages 14-23) in North and South Carolina. Aspiring young chamber ensembles are invited to submit video performances for a chance to win their share of $4,500 in cash prizes and regional recognition.
Watch the finalists perform live in the final stage of this event! Purchase tickets online for the performance at Davidson College on September 13 at 7:00 p.m., or call 704-894-2135.
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+ WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
The Young Chamber Musicians Competition is open to chamber ensembles with musicians between ages 14-23 who have permanent residence in North Carolina or South Carolina. Ensembles must consist of 3-10 musicians. All instruments are eligible, excluding voice, piano duos, and all electronic/amplified instruments.
+ HOW DOES IT WORK?
Read Official Rules.
Ensembles will compete in one of three age categories: 14-17, 18-20, or 21-23. The age of the oldest member of the ensemble will determine the age category of the ensemble. Ensembles will submit two video-taped recordings through ReverbNation.com using their ReverbNation Press Kit. Submissions will be accepted May 5 through June 21, 2014. Enter today via the ReverbNation submission portal.
Entrants must submit two (2) separate classical music works of distinct styles and periods. Specifically, entrants cannot submit more than one work from each of the following periods:
· 1770 and earlier (Baroque and earlier)
· 1770-1810 (Classical)
· 1811-1900 (Romantic)
· 1900-1950 (Modern)
· 1950-present (Contemporary)
A total of 6 finalists (two from each age group) will be selected from all submissions. WDAV will post one video from each finalist on wdav.org for popular vote. The popular vote will take place between July 22 and September 1, 2014. Vote totals from the popular vote will be combined with the judges' tallies at the live competition. Scoring of the video submissions and live performance will be based on the following criteria: interpretation, ensemble sound and unity, and technical accuracy.
All six finalists receive an invitation to participate in the live, judged concert at the Tyler-Tallman Hall on September 13, 2014. Finalists will perform the same piece that was selected for public voting.
For detailed information on the submission process, please read our Step-by-Step Submission Guide.
+ WHAT CAN YOU WIN?
All finalists will receive a cash prize:
|Age Category: 21–23 Years
First place $1,250
Second place $600
|Age Category: 18-20 Years
First place $1,000
Second place $500
|Age Category: 14-17 Years
First place $750
Second place $400
Tanja Bechtler is the founder and director of the Bechtler Ensemble Music Series. The series can be heard at the Bechtler Museum, at Central Piedmont Community College, Gardner-Webb University and other educational institutions.
Tanja, a native of Switzerland, was introduced to the cello at the age of nine through the Orff Educational System. Her family moved to North Carolina where she served as the principal cellist for the Charlotte Youth Symphony. Tanja earned scholarships to the North Carolina School of the Arts and to the Manhattan School of Music where she was the principal cellist. She participated in various master classes by teachers such as Yo-Yo Ma.
For twelve years, Tanja was an orchestral player with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra where she also participated in numerous of their educational residencies throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. She has performed professionally at Lincoln Center, the Spoleto Festival, the Charleston Symphony, the Cayuga Chamber Players, the Akron Symphony, as a soloist with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, and for numerous recital series including the Caramoor Festival. Her CDs include “Shadegrown,” featuring her guitarist husband Bob Teixeira and “Without Borders” which includes all original music from composer David Crowe. Currently Tanja is the cello professor at Gardner-Webb University, at Central Piedmont Community College, and the Cannon School. She also holds a private teaching studio.
Peter Browne studied organ with Professor John Baldwin, a protégé of Virgil Fox, and majored in music at Syracuse University. There, he studied composition with the noted American composer Ernst Bacon as well as organ with David Johnson, organist, composer, and Director of the famed St Olaf choir. Browne’s composition “Passacaglia for Orchestra” won first place honors at a North Texas State University symposium of modern music, judged by Aaron Copland. Copland advised Mr. Browne to continue his career as a composer and to write a symphony next.
Browne has kept his musical skills current as a church organist and choir director. He produced and narrated a two-hour classical music show for radio station KOTA in Rapid City, SD, and was the classical music critic for the Omaha World Herald, publishing reviews and critiques of Omaha Symphony concerts. Browne recently returned to composition and supports several musical organizations, including the Charlotte and Winston Salem Symphonies, as well as Classical Public Radio WDAV. He currently serves on WDAV’s Advisory Board.
Tara Villa Keith
Tara Villa Keith is in her eleventh season as music director of the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra in Davidson, North Carolina. She is also in her fifth season with the Lee County Community Orchestra in Sanford, North Carolina.
Keith has won several awards for her work with both the Davidson and Lee County Orchestras. In 2012 & 2013, she was the national second place winner of The American Prize Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming, and she won third place for the 2013 American Prize in Orchestral Conducting. In 2011, she won the Metrolina Theatre Association’s Award for Outstanding Musical Direction/Conducting for Davidson College’s production of Sondheim’s Into the Woods.
Outside of Davidson, Keith has enjoyed conducting orchestras throughout the south and northeast, including the Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra, Hot Springs Music Festival Orchestra, Macon Symphony Orchestra, Union Symphony Orchestra, and Capitol Opera Harrisburg. Abroad, Keith has won various international competitions, apprenticeships, and grants to conduct the Campos do Jordão Winter Music Festival Chamber Orchestra (Brazil), the Brandenburger Symphoniker (Germany), Das Kritische Orchester Berlin (Germany), the Vidin State Philharmonic (Bulgaria), the New Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria), and the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic (Czech Republic).
As an associate professor at Davidson College, she teaches conducting and survey courses on the history of Western music, impressionism, opera, and the history of the orchestra.
Cynthia Lawing, a graduate of Wittenberg University and The Cleveland Institute of Music, has performed throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. She has performed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Macau Philharmonic Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony, Davidson College Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, Springfield Symphony, Western Piedmont Symphony, Salisbury Symphony, Piedmont Concert Band, and Charlotte Concert Band, performing concerti by Beethoven, Mozart, Ravel, Shostakovitch, Bach, Grieg, Saint-Saens, Poulenc, Chopin, and Gershwin.
Her joint performances with trumpeter Dr. William Lawing took her to Chile, China, and Taiwan. Lawing is a member of the Bechtler Ensemble, frequently presenting recitals combining art and music at area art museums. She is also a member of the Lawing/Cook duo piano team, presenting works for two pianos and one piano four hands, whose recent recitals were presented at Mars Hill University, UNC Charlotte, Rollins College, Sarasota Archives and Long Boat Key, Florida. Lawing’s solo piano repertoire for the season focuses on music by Russian composers of the Romantic era as well as the Silver Age. Lawing has served as board member at WDAV and The North Carolina Music Teachers Association. Twice she has been the state’s clinician and frequently serves as jury member in piano competitions.
SEE OFFICIAL RULES FOR SUBMISSION DETAILS
QUESTIONS? Email Will Keible, Competition Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial support for the Young Chamber Musician’s Competition provided by OrthoCarolina