Redlands Bowl Young Artists Concerto Competition Requirements 2017
AGE LIMITS (Age as of April 23, 2017):
Piano and Instrumental Contestants: Ages 13-26
Vocal Contestants: Ages 18-30
Applicants must have/do the following to qualify:
- Adequate training attested to by current or former teacher whose recommendation letter must be signed.
- A video recording submitted by the application deadline.*
- The ability to compete in the Grand Finals of the competition on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, as a part of a Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival season performance.
- The ability to attend two mandatory rehearsals with orchestra at the Redlands Bowl on Sunday, July 9, 2017, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Monday, July 10, 2017, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
- Submit a $50 non-refundable application fee paid by credit card, or PayPal at www.redlandsbowl.org, or by check made out to Redlands Bowl Performing Arts and sent to 168 S. Eureka St. Redlands, CA 92373.
*VIDEO RECORDING REQUIREMENTS
The recording must show the applicant performing a concerto movement or piece for soloist and orchestra from memory. It does not need to be with orchestra, it can be with piano accompaniment. It must be no longer than 15 minutes. The recording should be uploaded to a video sharing site like YouTube. You may also mail a DVD submission to Redlands Bowl Performing Arts, 168 S. Eureka St. Redlands, CA 92374. Any materials submitted will not be returned.
The video submissions will be reviewed and applicants will be contacted by Friday, April 7, 2017, as to whether they will be invited to compete on Sunday, April 23, 2017.
DATE AND PLACE FOR PRELIMINARY AND SEMI-FINAL ROUNDS:
The competition will be held on SUNDAY, April 23, 2017, at the University of Redlands, Watchorn Hall, 1200 E. Colton Avenue, Redlands. The preliminary round begins at 1:00 p.m., and the semi-final round begins at 7:00 p.m.
Assignment of preliminary round competition time slot will be given on or before April 7, 2017. Please be present 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Upon arrival, all entrants must check in at the registration desk for further instructions. Results of the preliminaries will be posted between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. It is the responsibility of the semi-finalists to report at the registration desk at 6:45 p.m. for the semi-final round. No visitors are permitted during preliminary round; however, the semi-final round is open to the public. Five winners will be chosen to compete in the Grand Finals performance at the Redlands Bowl on July 11, 2017.
Total preliminary round time per contestant is 15 minutes
All selections must be memorized
Instrumental repertoire must be a movement from a concerto or piece for soloist and orchestra, with available orchestrations for standard orchestra, no shorter than 8 minutes, and no longer than 15 minutes. If the entire work fits into the time limit, that is acceptable.
Vocal repertoire must be a substantial concert piece for soloist and orchestra. Vocalists may perform more than one piece depending on selection(s) and time. Selections must be memorized and in the original language.
Applicants are permitted to audition on works for any size orchestra. Winners may be asked, however, to prepare a different piece suitable for the performance with a chamber size orchestra. RBPA encourages applicants to keep this in mind when selecting repertoire. Applicants may perform the same piece at the preliminary round as in the semi-final round. During the semi-final round contestants will be asked to perform their best five minutes from their audition selection. Performance and music selections of the winners shall be subject to review by RBPA. The pieces performed on the Grand Finals Concert will be chosen by the competition management based on the repertoire listed on the application.
One extra copy of the music must be available for the judges for the preliminary round. Do not mail music to the office — bring it with you to the competition. Photocopies are acceptable. It is not possible to practice on the piano on which you will perform for the preliminary round; however, other pianos will be available for warm-up if needed.
Written comments from the judges will be mailed to contestants a short time after the competition.
ACCOMPANISTS ARE NOT PROVIDED. EACH CONTESTANT NEEDING AN ACCOMPANIST MUST PROVIDE HIS OR HER OWN.
Any associated expenses are the responsibility of the applicant.