The Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition
All students are invited to enter the Concerto Competition, held in the first week of the Festival. Competition winners are featured with the Festival Orchestra during the final week and are eligible for the Jacqueline Avent Music Scholarship awards for the following summer.
Listed below are some of the questions you may have about the event. If we missed your questions, please contact the office by clicking here.
Q: Who can participate in the Concerto Competition?
A: Anyone currently enrolled in the SSMF.
Q: Is there a repertoire list, or can I play anything?
A: There is no set repertoire list, but selections must have an available orchestral accompaniment. Works may be a single movement of a multi-movement work (such as a Mozart Violin Concerto movement) or a stand-alone work (without movements, such as Carnival of Venice for trumpet) of no more than 15 minutes duration.
Q: Do I have to let the SSMF Staff know that I want to apply before the festival begins?
A: Yes. You must designate that you are applying on a web form AND turn in a scanned copy of the score to the cloud folder before May 31, 2013 or you will not be allowed to enter. The link to the webform and cloud folder is HERE.
Q: Can I use my music?
A: No. All performers in the Concerto Competition must play from memory.
Q: What do I do about an accompanist?
A: The Festival will supply an accompanist. You will have a short rehearsal before the first round. You must provide the piano accompaniment music for the competition.
Q: When do we audition?
A: Preliminary and final auditions will be held during the first week of the Festival, so come prepared to audition.
Q: What happens if I win?
A: You will perform with the Festival Orchestra during the final week of the Music Festival. During the concert judges will evaluate the performance and select performers to receive scholarship prizes. The prizes will be presented at the concert.