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AUDITION NOTICE: North Carolina Symphony’s 2011 Youth Concerto Competition Begins April 16

The North Carolina Symphony will hold the preliminary round of its annual Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Youth Concerto Competition at the Wainwright Music Building at Meredith College in Raleigh on Saturday, April 16. Applications to reserve an audition time are now being accepted.

Visit the Competitions & Awards listing below the Education tab on the Symphony’s Web page, www.ncsymphony.org, to download the application form, or contact Jessica Nalbone at jnalbone[at]ncsymphony.org or 919.789.5461.

The competition is open to instrumentalists between ten and 21 years of age and provides an opportunity for young artists to gain recognition and perform alongside the finest musicians in the state. Applicants ages 16 to 21 compete in the senior division, ten to 15 in the junior division. All participants must be North Carolina residents or students enrolled full-time in a North Carolina school.

First and second-place winners in both divisions will receive a cash prize. The winner of the senior division will also perform as a featured soloist with the North Carolina Symphony at a future public performance.

Competition participants perform one movement from any concerto of their choosing. The piece must be performed from memory. Preliminary auditions will be held on April 16 beginning at 9:00 a.m. and last no more than ten minutes each. Accompanists are required and must be provided by the performer.

A final round of auditions will be held in the Brown-McPherson Music Building at Peace College in Raleigh on Saturday, April 30, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

The Symphony’s Youth Concerto Competition receives support from the Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Fund, created in 1971 to support North Carolina Symphony initiatives that promote young artists in their quest to become professional musicians.

Scott Kemsley, a 19-year-old flutist from Wendell, N.C., performed the first movement of Carl Nielsen’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra to win the senior division a year ago. First prize in the junior division was awarded to pianist Ching Ying Lin, 15, of Chapel Hill, N.C., who performed the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

About the North Carolina Symphony

Founded in 1932 and subsequently the first state-supported symphony in the country, the North Carolina Symphony is a vital and honored component of North Carolina’s cultural life. Its 175 performances annually are greeted with enthusiasm throughout the state, in communities large and small, in concert halls, auditoriums, gymnasiums and outdoor settings.

Under the artistic leadership of Music Director Grant Llewellyn, the orchestra has grown in stature and sophistication, now advancing a well-earned reputation for innovative programming and collaborative projects. The Symphony also performs approximately 45 free concerts per year for school children all over North Carolina as the core of an education program unrivaled by any U.S. orchestra.

For tickets, program notes, educational resources, podcasts, the blog and more, visit the North Carolina Symphony Web site at www.ncsymphony.org. Call North Carolina Symphony Audience Services at 919.733.2750 or toll free 877.627.6724.

The State of North Carolina has issued your Symphony an $8 million challenge; learn more at www.ncsymphony.org/challenge.

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