The 60th Annual Young Artists Competition

ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS

All contestants must perform music from MEMORY and must provide two copies of their music, including all cadenzas, for the judges.

JUNIOR VOICE DIVISION

The Junior Voice Division is open to students age 17-21 years enrolled in a college or conservatory in a degree program. High school students may be considered upon recommendation of their instructor and approval of competition co-chairs. Contestants must be prepared to sing a selection published for soloist and orchestra totaling at least eight minutes and no more than 15 minutes. Multiple selections may be performed.

SENIOR VOICE DIVISION

The Senior Voice Division is open to any student enrolled in a college or conservatory in a degree program age 22-26 years. Maximum age is 26 years on date of contest. Contestants must be prepared to sing a selection published for soloist and orchestra totaling at least eight minutes and no more than 15 minutes. Multiple selections may be performed.

JUNIOR STRINGS DIVISION

The Junior String Division is open to students age 17-21 years enrolled in a college or conservatory in a degree program. High school students may be considered upon recommendation of their instructor and approval of competition co-chairs. Junior String participants will play one movement from a concerto or a concert piece for soloists and orchestra, a minimum of five minutes in length and no more than 15 minutes. It must be the technical level of a Mozart Violin or Boccherini Cello Concert.

SENIOR STRINGS DIVISION

The Senior String Division is open to any student enrolled in a college or conservatory in a degree program age 22-26 years. Maximum age is 26 years on date of contest. Contestants must be prepared to perform one movement from a major concerto or piece for solo instrument and orchestra. It must be the technical level of a Mozart Violin or Boccherini Cello Concert. Performance time: maximum 15 minutes.

REGULATIONS

Your completed application form with a non-refundable registration fee of $40.00 must be post marked no later than March 3rd, 2020. Late registration fee is $25.00. All fees are non-refundable. Applications will be submitted in the order received until the competition is filled. Make checks payable to The Friends of the Symphony. Mail to: the 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 2nd should they be selected as a finalist. Two contestants in each division will be selected to perform in the Finalist Concert. This performance will determine the First Place Winners. Please notify your accompanist of this requirement. 

JUDGES

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Juliet White-Smith is an accomplished violist, an engaging and dynamic teacher, and an expert string pedagogue. With a career spanning nearly three decades, she has a particular passion for chamber music performance and is an advocate of music by Black composers, having most recently been interviewed on the topic by the Boston Globe and WBUR Boston. She recently presented on “Diversity and Social Justice” at Penn State University and “Diversity, Inclusion and Equality in Music” at the Juilliard School, and proudly serves on the Advisory Board of Music by Black Composers, a project of the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation.

White-Smith is an in-demand teacher and clinician, having presented master classes at premier music schools, festivals and conferences worldwide. She is a frequent adjudicator for competitions including Primrose International Viola Competition, and her views on pedagogy, talent and effective practice have been featured in publications such as The Strad, Strings, and American String Teacher. Additionally, she served as President of the American Viola Society from 2008–2011 and has been an Artist-Faculty at the Brevard Music Festival since 2018.

In addition to teaching, she enjoys an active performance career across the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa. White-Smith records with Centaur Records. Her 2009 album Fashionably Late: Juliet White-Smith Debuts! features the premiere recording of Pulitzer Prize winner George Walker’s Viola Sonata (1989). Performance clips and teaching excerpts can be found on her YouTube channel.

A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, White-Smith joined The Ohio State University School of Music in 2012, having previously held positions at the University of Northern Colorado and Western Michigan University.

Since making his New York solo recital debut in Carnegie Hall as the winner of the Artists International Competition, Matthew Daline has performed worldwide as a chamber musician and viola soloist. He received the Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School where he served as Teaching Assistant, and the Master of Music degree at Yale University. While pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts at The State University of New York, Daline served as a Teaching Assistant for the Department of Music. Prior to his appointment as Associate Professor of Viola at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, he has served as Assistant Professor of Viola at Louisiana State University (2006- 2011). Professor Daline performs at music festivals such as The Banff Center (Canada), The Montecito Music Festival (California, USA), Spoleto Festival (Italy), Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival (Vermont, USA), Brazilian Virtuosi (Recife, Brazil), The Washington International Music Festival (WA, USA), and has held viola master classes and lectures at Yale University, The Juilliard School, The University of Michigan, Yonsei University (Korea), Conservatory of Music "George Enescu” (Romania), National Conservatory of Music (Costa Rica), and the Central Conservatory of China, Beijing. Matthew Daline has recently performed and recorded world premiers of new works on the Mark Masters, and MSR Classics labels, and frequently lectures on technology and new music. Mr. Daline performs on a Brescian viola circa 1560.

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Since his professional operatic debut there in 1986, opposite Dame Joan Sutherland in Bellini’s I Puritani, Stanford Olsen has performed more than 160 times with New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Acclaimed for his performances of the leading tenor roles in the operas of Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, and Bellini, Olsen enjoys an international reputation as a Mozartean of style and elegance, cited by The New York Times in 1990 in an article titled “A Golden Age of Mozart Tenors.” Highly regarded for his interpretations of the bel canto roles of Nemorino, Almaviva, and Arturo, Olsen has been heard in this repertoire throughout the world at venues such as San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Miami Opera, La Scala di Milano, Landestheater Stuttgart, Theatre du Chatelet, Teatro Bellini di Catania, Theatre La Monnaie, Australian Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Nederlandse Oper, Tokyo Opera City, and most other significant opera companies in the USA and Europe. His recording of the fiendishly difficult role of Argirio in Rossini’s Tancredi  (Naxos/Alberto Zedda) netted a GRAMMY nomination.

Received her bachelor’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and master’s degree from the Catholic University of America; made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1982 as the Shepherd Boy in Wagner’s Tannhauser; other roles at the Met include Musetta in La Boheme, Bess in Porgy and Bess and Zerlina in Don Giovanni; featured on the 1983 Metropolitan Opera Centennial Gala performance; has performed with the Houston Grand Opera, Summer Opera Theater Company in Washington, D.C., National Opera of Finland, Theatre des Westens in Berlin, Budapest National Opera; has sung in Moscow, Ekaterinburg and Italy; performed at Wolf Trap Farm, Ford’s Theater, the Smithsonian Museum Concert Series; presented her debut recital at the Kennedy Center with the Washington Performing Arts Society; can be heard on the Grammy Award-winning RCA recording of Porgy and Bess and Deutsche Grammaphon’s live from the Metropolitan Opera video recording of Carmen; awards include grants from the National Opera Institute, Sullivan Foundation and the D.C. Commission of the Arts and Humanities; winner in the Beethoven Society Competition for Opera Singers and the Catholic University of America's Alumni Achievement Award in Music; featured in publications such as Glamour Magazine, Washington View Magazine, Famous African American’s Encyclopedia and Metropolitan Opera Encyclopedia.

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PRIZES

First Place Junior Strings: $600
Second Place Junior Strings: $400

First Place Junior Voice: $600
Second Place Junior Voice: $400

First Place Senior Strings: $1,000
Second Place Senior Strings: $700

First Place Senior Voice: $1,000
Second Place Senior Voice: $700

First place winners, upon recommendation of the Music Director, may appear as a featured soloist with the Lima Symphony Orchestra at a future date. 

 

For additional questions, please contact:

Kim Shanahan, 419-222-5701, Email: kim@limasymphony.com

Sponsored By:  Friends of the Symphony
                              Joe Warnement, President