Kennesaw State University School of Music
Young Artists Competition

Divisional Round – Saturday, January 20, 2018
Grand Prize Round – Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Kennesaw State University School of Music Young Artists Competition seeks to engage and showcase the most talented, pre-college instrumentalists in the Southeastern United States. Awards include the opportunity to perform as a featured soloist in concert with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and the Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra, cash prizes, scholarships, and more.

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Application deadline:
December 1, 2017
Application Fee: $100

  • The competition consists of two live performance rounds – divisional and grand prize. There are three divisions in the divisional round:

    • Strings
      • Violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, and classical guitar
    • Woodwinds/Brass/Percussion
      • Flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, horn, trumpet, tenor trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba, and percussion
    • Piano

    Three-member juries will hear all candidates in each division and select only one winner from each division. Another three-member jury will hear all the divisional winners and select only one grand prize winner.

    Please click on the link below to apply for the Young Artists Competition.

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    Application deadline:
    December 1, 2017
    Application Fee: $100
  • Grand Prize Winner:

    • $3,000 cash prize
    • Perform as featured soloist with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra (or, in the event that the winner has chosen a piece with wind ensemble accompaniment, the Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble).
    • $2,500 merit scholarship to attend Kennesaw State University as a music major beginning the fall following the student’s graduation from high school.
    • Invitation to perform at the Great Performances Concert Series in Highlands, NC.

    Division Winners:

    • $1,500 cash prize
    • Perform as featured soloist with the Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra (or, in the event that the winner has chosen a piece with wind ensemble accompaniment, the Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble).
    • $2,000 merit scholarship to attend Kennesaw State University as a music major beginning the fall following the student’s graduation from high school.
    • Invitation to perform at the Great Performances Concert Series in Highlands, NC.

    Division Honorable Mention:

    • $1,500 merit scholarship to attend Kennesaw State University as a music major beginning the fall following the student’s graduation from high school.
  • In order to participate in the competition, applicants must satisfy ALL of the following criteria:

    1. Applicant’s primary residence during the academic year is in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, or Mississippi.
    2. Applicant is actively enrolled in high school (grades 9 through 12) or homeschool equivalent, but has not yet graduated at the time of the competition.
    3. Applicant is not older than 19 years of age at the time of the competition.
  • Works
    Any piece (single-movement or multi-movement, subject to duration restriction) that features a single soloist with orchestra (or wind ensemble) accompaniment. The piece need not be specifically titled “concerto.” Ensemble accompaniment scores and parts must be available for purchase or rental. Original compositions by applicants may not be used. Compositions may not be premiered as part of the competition. The competition director retains final approval of whether repertoire may be performed in the competition; should a piece be deemed inappropriate for any reason, applicants will be notified within seven days of their application submission and may re-apply with a different piece.

    Duration
    Complete performance (single movement or all movements, if performing a multi-movement work) may not exceed 20 minutes in duration.

  • Application Deadline and Fee
    Completed electronic applications must be submitted AND application fees paid in-full by 11:59 pm on the stated deadline. Incomplete applications, applications submitted after the deadline, and applications submitted without payment of the application fee will not be considered. The application fee is non-refundable.

    Memorization
    Repertoire must be performed from memory in all rounds of the competition and in performances by competition winners with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Kennesaw State University ensembles. 

    Repertoire Selection
    Once an application has been accepted, the applicant may not change their chosen repertoire for the competition. Applicants will perform only the composition listed in their application in all rounds of the competition and in performances by winners with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Kennesaw State University ensembles.

    Competition Performance Order
    Divisional Round: The competition director will establish the performance schedule and order for all divisions. Applicants will be notified of their individual schedule—including practice time, time with accompanist, and divisional performance time—via email at least two weeks in advance of the divisional round. Assigned times may not be changed.

    Grand Prize Round: The grand prize round will begin at 3 pm on the second day of the competition. Once all division winners have been announced, the competition director will randomly select the performance order and then finalize the schedule—practice time, time with accompanist in the performance hall, and performance time—for the grand prize round. Division winners will be notified via email as soon as those details have been determined.

    Accompanists
    All applicants will be provided a qualified accompanist by Kennesaw State University as part of their active participation in the competition at no additional cost. For the divisional round, all applicants will have 30 minutes to rehearse with their assigned accompanist prior to their divisional round performance. In preparation for the grand prize round performance, divisional winners will receive an additional 60 minutes to rehearse with their assigned accompanist in the performance space prior to their grand prize round performance. Applicants are responsible for submitting complete, legible, and clearly marked (as appropriate) scores for accompanists; scores must be received by Monday, December 11. Once an application has been submitted the applicant should mail their score to:

    Dr. Nathaniel F. Parker, Director
    KSUSOM Young Artists Competition
    491 Bartow Avenue, MD #3201
    Kennesaw, GA 30144

    Scores will be returned immediately following applicants’ performances.

    Individual Practice Space
    Kennesaw State University School of Music facilities will be made available to applicants during both days of the competition for warm-up and practice purposes only. The competition director will assign practice space in accordance with applicants’ competition schedule and facility capacity.

    Communication with Jurors
    The competition director is the primary point of contact for the competition. Direct communication from competition applicants, their family members, associates, or representatives to competition jurors during the two days of the competition is strictly prohibited. Any communication from competition applicants, their family members, associates, or representatives to jurors at any time that can be reasonably construed as an attempt to influence the outcome of the competition is, likewise, strictly prohibited. Violations of these terms regarding communication with jurors will result in immediate disqualification.

    Scores for Juries
    The jurors will not review music scores as part of their evaluation of applicants’ performance or deliberation following the performance.

    Competition Travel and Housing
    All costs associated with travel, lodging, and meals related to participation in the competition are the responsibility of the applicant.

    Divisional Round
    For each division—strings, woodwinds/brass/percussion, and piano—all applicants will be heard live by a three-person jury comprised of Kennesaw State University School of Music faculty; the competition director will also serve on each divisional jury, ex officio. Divisional-round performances will not be public. Performance order will be determined in advance by the competition director. Each applicant will have a maximum of 30 minutes to work with their assigned accompanist prior to their divisional-round performance. The three voting jurors will deliberate and may select winners to advance to the grand prize round. Juries may choose not to select a winner in their division. Honorable Mention citations may be awarded at the discretion of the jury. The decision of the juries is final and cannot be appealed.

    Grand Prize Round
    For the grand prize round the divisional-round winners will present a public performance in Kennesaw State University’s renowned Morgan Concert Hall. The grand prize jury will consist of the Music Director and Conductor of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and two other professional musicians from the Greater Atlanta metro area who are not directly affiliated with Kennesaw State University; the competition director will also serve on the jury, ex officio. Performance order will be selected at random. Each winner will have a maximum of 60 minutes to work with their assigned accompanist in the performance space prior to their grand prize performance and will receive coaching from a member of the Kennesaw State University School of Music faculty. Following the performance, the three voting jurors will deliberate and may award the grand prize; the jury may choose not to award the grand prize. The decision of the jury is final and cannot be appealed.

    Grand Prize Award
    The grand prize winner will receive a check for $3,000 within 30 days of the competition. Additionally, they will perform their winning piece with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra (or, in the event the winner performs a piece accompanied by wind ensemble, the Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble) during the season immediately following that of the competition. The performance date and rehearsal schedule will be determined by the Music Director of the performing ensemble. The winner will be provided hotel accommodation of one total room for themselves and one adult guardian for up to five (5) nights for the performance. All other associated costs—including travel, food, activities, and additional accommodations—are the responsibility of the winner. The winner will receive an offer of at least $2,500 in merit scholarship to attend Kennesaw State University as a music major beginning the fall following the student’s graduation from high school. The winner will receive an invitation to perform at the Great Performances Concert Series in Highlands, NC, from the Artistic Director of the series.

    Division Winner Awards
    Divisional winners who do not receive the grand prize will each receive a check for $1,500 within 30 days of the competition. Additionally, they will perform their winning piece with the Kennesaw State University Symphony Orchestra (or, in the event the winner performs a piece accompanied by wind ensemble, the Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble) during the season immediately following that of the competition. The performance dates and rehearsal schedules will be determined by the Music Director of the performing ensemble. Winners will be provided hotel accommodation of one total room for themselves and one adult guardian for up to five (5) nights for the performance. All other associated costs—including travel, food, activities, and additional accommodations—are the responsibility of the winners. The winners will receive an offer of at least $2,000 in merit scholarship to attend Kennesaw State University as a music major beginning the fall following the student’s graduation from high school. The winners will receive an invitation to perform at the Great Performances Concert Series in Highlands, NC, from the Artistic Director of the series.

    Honorable Mention Citations
    Honorable Mention citations are awarded at the discretion of the divisional-round juries. Recipients will receive an offer of at least $1,500 in merit scholarship to attend Kennesaw State University as a music major beginning the fall following the student’s graduation from high school.

  • For more information, contact:
    Dr. Nathaniel Parker, Competition Director
    Director of Orchestral Studies, Kennesaw State University School of Music
    470-578-4901
    nparke22@kennesaw.edu
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