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Young Artist String Competition for Pre-College Students

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The Music Department in the College of Charleston School of the Arts announces the Young Artist String Competition for pre-college students (grades 9-12). The competition seeks to develop the performance capabilities of young string students, renew their commitment to string studies, and provide an important learning and development experience. This is the first year of the competition, which provides awards and scholarships for undergraduate studies at the College of Charleston as well as a performance at Piccolo Spoleto Festival Young Artist Series. The competition and award scholarships are made possible through the Kite Foundation Recruitment Fund for Strings at the College of Charleston.

Competition Date

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Eligibility

All students in grades 9-12

Prizes

  • First Place: $500, scholarship of up to $5,000 for undergraduate studies at College of Charleston* and a performance at Piccolo Spoleto Festival Young Artist Concerts Series
  • Second Place: $250, scholarship of up to $2,500 for undergraduate studies at College of Charleston* and a performance at Piccolo Spoleto Festival Young Artist Concerts Series
  • Third Place: $100, scholarship of up to $1,000 for undergraduate studies at College of Charleston* and a performance at Piccolo Spoleto Festival Young Artist Concerts Series

* Scholarship prizes are contingent upon the student's meeting the academic criteria to enter the College of Charleston. Scholarships are for one year only, but can be renewed depending on student's performance. The Young Artist String Competition reserves the right not to award certain prizes.

Repertoire

Two or three solo compositions of contrasting styles and periods, not to exceed a total of 20 minutes playing time. Individual movements or sets of movements from a larger work may be used. All pieces must be memorized.

Requirements

  • Completed application form
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  • A high quality CD recording of two contrasting works, which may be different from those performed on the competition day. A DVD recording may be submitted, but please ascertain the audio quality.  

  • Letter of recommendation from the applicant's current string teacher.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $35 payable to College of Charleston, String Competition
Mail Materials to:

Young Artist String Competition

Attn: Dr. Natalia Khoma, Director
Music Department
College of Charleston
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424-0001

Application Deadline

All applications must be postmarked by October 15, 2014. Notification of acceptance into the competition will be sent via email by October 20, 2014.

Download application

Additional Rules

  • Total playing time is twenty minutes.  There is no minimum time requirement.  Contestants will be stopped after twenty minutes playing time.
  • Contestants must supply one copy of each selection for the judge. Duplicated copies will be allowed if parents are willing to sign a waiver (available at the registration table upon check in). 
  • All contestants are encouraged to stay for the day if possible.  Results of the competition will be announced to the contestants shortly after the competition ends.  Winners who are unable to be present at the conclusion of the competition will be phoned and an email will be distributed to all contestants as soon as possible after the conclusion of the competition.
  • Each contestant will receive the judge’s written comments and evaluation at the conclusion of the competition.  Any contestant who is not to stay until the end of the competition must provide a self addressed stamped envelope to receive comments by mail.
  • Contestants are urged to provide their own accompanists, but we will furnish an accompanist for an additional fee of $50. Accompanist fee covers a 30-minute scheduled rehearsal and performance time(s). Additional requests and fees are at the discretion of the accompanist.
  • The judge’s decision will be final.

Schedule of Events

Saturday, November 22, 2014

9:00 AM
String competitors arrive, register in the lobby of the Simons Center for the Arts, practice according to practice schedule.  Practice rooms are available on the second floor of the CATO building. 

10:00 AM – Noon
Competition take place in the Recital Hall of the Simons Center for the Arts.

Noon - 1:15 PM
Lunch (on your own)

1:15 PM
Competition continues. Announcement of prizewinners and awarding of prizes will take place within 45 minutes after the competition ends.

Application

Download application