March 2, 2014 – 9:00 a.m.
● High School Division:
High school/home school students, who are residents of the Middle Georgia area* and are no older than age 19 on the date of the competition are eligible to compete in the High School Division.
Previous winners are not eligible to compete in this competition, but may compete in the Advanced Competition. However, previous winners may audition on a secondary instrument in this division.
● Advanced Division:
College undergraduate students living in or attending college in the Middle Georgia area*, or whose permanent residence is in the Middle Georgia area*, are eligible to compete in the Advanced Division.
Previous winners are not eligible to compete.
*Baldwin, Bibb, Bleckley, Butts, Crawford, Dodge, Dooly, Hancock, Houston, Johnson, Jones, Lamar, Laurens, Macon, Monroe, Peach, Pulaski, Putnam, Sumter, Taylor, Telfair, Treutlen, Twiggs, Upson, Washington, Wheeler, Wilkinson or Wilcox counties. (Exceptions must be approved by a majority of the MSO Education Committee.)
Instruments: Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Piano and Voice
Location: Mercer University, Townsend School of Music – Neva Langley Fickling Hall 1329 Adams Street, Macon, GA 31207
The panel will consist of three impartial musicians from the state of Georgia with expertise in strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano and voice.
● Instrumental and Piano Competitors:
One movement, or equivalent (not to exceed 15 minutes), of a work with a legitimate orchestral accompaniment (such as a concerto).
● Voice Competitors:
A song cycle or solo operatic scene(s) with orchestral accompaniment (not to exceed 15 minutes, total).
● Double Concertos:
One movement, or equivalent (not to exceed 15 minutes), of a work with a legitimate orchestral accompaniment (such as a concerto). If a duo wins, they will share the prize money. If the duo is one high schooler and one college student, they must enter the advanced division competition.
All competition music must be performed from memory and must be accompanied by a piano reduction of the orchestral score. Applicants must provide their own accompanists. Cadenzas must be performed in full. Applicants must provide a score for the judges. No photocopied music is allowed.
Selection of Winners:
Students will be judged on overall musicianship, technical proficiency, and the ability to perform comfortably with an orchestra. When choosing competition selections, the degree of difficulty should be tempered by the competitor’s ease of performance. Works selected are subject to approval by the MSO. The winner or alternate may have an opportunity to perform the chosen selection with the Macon Symphony Orchestra. For performance with the MSO, the repertoire may be shortened to accommodate programming. In the case of costly repertoire, MSO may request the student perform an alternate selection.
The winner of the High School Division will receive a certificate and a cash prize of $200. The winner of the Advanced Division will receive a certificate and a cash prize of $300.
Submit $30 non-refundable entry fee and the following information to be received in the MSO office by February 15, 2014.