AGE LIMITS (Age as of February 29, 2020):
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 and received by January 21, 2020.
• A video recording* submitted by the application deadline.
• The ability to compete in the Grand Finals of the competition on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, as a part of a Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival season performance.
• The ability to attend two mandatory rehearsals with the orchestra at the Redlands Bowl on Sunday, June 28, 2020, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Monday, June 29, 2020, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Applicants will also need to be available to rehearse with Maestro Kalia for one half hour on Sunday, June 28, 2020, in addition to the two evening rehearsals with the orchestra.
• Submit a $60 non-refundable application fee paid online at www.redlandsbowl.org or by check made out to Redlands Bowl Performing Arts and sent to 168 S. Eureka St. Redlands, CA 92373.
• Previous finalists of the concerto competition, who performed at the Grand Finals of the competition at the Redlands Bowl with orchestra, are not permitted to apply.
*VIDEO RECORDING REQUIREMENTS
The recording must show the applicant performing a concerto movement or piece for soloist and orchestra from memory. Please perform the piece(s) you would audition with in person. It does not need to be with orchestra, it can be with piano accompaniment. You must perform with accompaniment, whether it is piano or orchestra. The video must be no longer than 10 minutes. The recording should be uploaded to a video sharing site like YouTube. Please email video links to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any materials submitted will not be returned.
The video submissions will be reviewed, and applicants will be contacted by Wednesday, January 29, 2020, as to whether they will be invited to compete in person on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
DATE AND PLACE FOR PRELIMINARY AND SEMI-FINAL ROUNDS:
The competition will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020, 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 6:00 p.m. If you are selected to progress to the semi-final round, you must be present and perform in person to be considered for the Grand Finals. You must provide your own accompanist.
Assignment of preliminary round competition time slot will be given on or before Friday, January 31, 2020. 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 4:30 and 5:00 p.m. It is the responsibility of the semi-finalists to report at the registration desk at 5:45 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 finalists will be chosen to compete in the Grand Finals performance at the Redlands Bowl on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Two alternates are also selected in the chance that any of the five finalists are unable to perform.
Total preliminary round time per contestant is up to
10 minutes. All selections must be memorized.
Instrumental repertoire must be a selection from a concerto or piece for soloist and orchestra, with available orchestrations for standard orchestra. If the entire work/movement fits into the time limit, that is acceptable.
Vocal repertoire must be a selection(s) from the standard opera/operetta repertoire. Vocalists may perform more than one piece depending on selection(s) and time. Selections must be memorized and in the original language.
Please perform the piece(s) you would want to compete with at the Grand Finals with orchestra.
Applicants are permitted to audition with works for a standard 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. Each finalist will have 15 minutes during the Grand Finals round on June 30, 2020.
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 for the Preliminary or Semi-Final rounds. Each contestant must provide his or her own. Any associated expenses are the responsibility of the applicant. The only instruments provided by RBPA are pianos. Any other instruments needed are the responsibility of the applicant. ***Application