The Lima Symphony Orchestra
National Young Artists Competition
for Piano and Winds/Brass

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Yoder Recital Hall
Bluffton University
Bluffton, Ohio

Free Finalist Concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

The Friends of the Symphony are delighted to announce the 57th annual National Young Artist Competition for Piano and Wind/Brass. Please note the changes to our divisions this year.

Cash Awards:
First Place Senior Piano: $1,000
Second Place Senior Piano: $700
First Place Senior Winds/Brass: $1,000
Second Place Senior Winds/Brass: $700
First Place Junior Piano: $600
Second Place Junior Piano: $400
First Place Junior Winds/Brass: $600
Second Place Junior Winds/Brass: $400
*In addition to monetary awards, finalists may be invited to perform with the Lima Symphony Orchestra upon the recommendation of the Music Director.

Click here for an entry form.

Eligibility and Requirements:
All contestants must perform music from MEMORY and must provide two copies of their music, including all cadenzas, for the judges. Performance maximum: 15 minutes.

Senior Piano Division:
The Senior Division is open to any student enrolled in a college or conservatory in a degree program. Maximum age: 26 on the date of the contest. Students must be prepared to perform one movement from a major concerto or concert piece published for piano and orchestra. Performance maximum: 15 minutes.

Junior Piano Division:
The Junior Division is open to students ages 17 to 21 years on the date of the contest. Younger students are eligible based on the recommendation of their instructor and approval of the Young Artists Competition Committee Chairs. Contestants must be prepared to play a selection published for piano and orchestra that is of comparable difficulty to the Mendelssohn G Minor Piano Concerto. Performance minimum: 5 minutes; maximum: 15 minutes.

Senior Wind/Brass Division:
The Senior Division is open to any student enrolled in a college or conservatory in a degree program. Maximum age: 26 on the date of the contest. Students must be prepared to perform one movement from a major concerto or concert piece for solo instrument and orchestra. Performance maximum: 15 minutes.

Junior Wind/Brass Division:
The Junior Division is open to students ages 17 to 21 years on the date of the contest. Younger students are eligible based on the recommendation of their instructor and approval of the Young Artists Competition Committee Chairs. Contestants must be prepared to play a selection published for solo instrument and orchestra that is of comparable difficulty to a Haydn or Mozart Wind Concerto.Performance minimum: 5 minutes; maximum: 15 minutes.

Contestants are urged to provide their own accompanists, but we will furnish an accompanist for an additional fee of $80. Once remitted, all fees are non-refundable.

Regulations:
Your completed application form with non-refundable registration fee of $40 must be postmarked no later than April 7, 2017. Late registration fee is $25. Applications will be accepted in the order received until the competition is filled. Make check payable to the Friends of the Symphony. Mail to: Lima Symphony Orchestra, Attn: Young Artists Competition, P.O. Box 1651, Lima, Ohio 45802.

Contestants are responsible for their own expenses and must be prepared to remain for the evening concert on April 29 should they be selected as a finalist. Two contestants in each division will be selected to perform in the finalists concert. This performance will determine the First Place Winners. Please notify your accompanist of this requirement.

Calendar:
April 7, 2017 -- Entry Deadline
April 7, 2017 -- Participants' music to accompanist (if using our accompanist)
April 21, 2017 -- Notification of performance time
April 29, 2017 -- Competition day (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
April 29, 2017 -- Finalist Concert and awards presentation at 7:30 p.m.

For additional questions, please contact:
Kim Shanahan 419-222-5701 or kim@limasymphony.com

Information regarding travel coordination and accommodation requests is available. Please contact Kim Shanahan at (419) 222-5701.

Click here for information about our judges


Sponsored by the Friends of the Lima Symphony Orchestra

Crafton Beck, LSO Artistic Director and Conductor
Stefanie Holtz and Tami Stanford, Co-presidents, Friends of the Symphony