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Classical music news: Wisconsin Public Radio holds contest for young classical musicians in the state. Application deadline is Feb. 5, 2010.

January 10, 2010
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By Jacob Stockinger

It is that time of the year again when Wisconsin Public Radio is seeking participants for an annual competition that features young classical musicians in the state of Wisconsin.

The Neale-Silva Young Artists’ Competition was established to recognize young Wisconsin performers of classical music who demonstrate an exceptionally high level of artistry.

This concert is made possible by a grant from the estate of the late University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Eduardo Neale-Silva, a classical music enthusiast who was born in Talca, Chile and came to the United States in 1925.  A dedicated listener of Wisconsin Public Radio, he left a portion of his estate to help fund community outreach programs at the network.

Auditions are open to soloists, duos, trios, quartets and quintets who are residents of Wisconsin or who attend a Wisconsin college or university.  (Wisconsin residency is determined by the applicant’s permanent legal address.)

Auditions are open to soloists, duos, trios, quartets and quintets who are residents of Wisconsin or who attend a Wisconsin college or university.  (Wisconsin residency is determined by the applicant’s permanent legal address.)

All instrumentalists and vocal performers are invited to audition.  The age of the contestants must be from 17-26 years as of March 28, 2010. An accompanist for soloists will be provided for the final stage and winners’ recital.  Previous winners may not apply. (The 2009 winners, in a photo by Ralph Russo, are below)

Application materials must be received at the following address no later than 5 p.m. Friday, February 5, 2010:

WPR/Neale-Silva Young Artists’ Competition, Wisconsin Public Radio, 821 University Avenue, Madison, WI  53706

Call 608 265-4891.

All applications must include:

1) Completed and signed application form (attached).

2) List of piece(s) you plan to play for the competition, with movements if

applicable and precise timings.

3) 12-15 minute recording of proposed piece(s).  See Recording Guidelines.

4) Proof of age and proof of residency for each musician (photocopy of birth certificate, passport, or driver’s license).

5) A biographical paragraph of each musician.

6) Non-refundable application fee of $25 per participant payable to Wisconsin Public Radio (ensembles may send one group check)

Each soloist/group will perform a 12-15 minute audition before a panel of distinguished judges on Sunday, March 28, 2010, at the UW-Madison School of Music (George Mosse Humanities Building, 455 N. Park St.) from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Judges may start and stop competitors at their discretion.  Competitors will be notified of the specific time of the audition before their arrival in Madison.

Competitor(s) will be identified to the jury by performance number only.  Competitor(s) will not be allowed to identify themselves to the jurors in any way or at any time prior to the announcement of the finalists.

Judges will independently rank the finalists, using a numerical scale.  They will choose the winners by averaging scores and by consultation.  Winners will be notified by April 1.

The winners will perform in a concert at the Wisconsin Union Theater in Madison on Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. The concert will be broadcast live over the stations of the NPR News & Classical Music Network of Wisconsin Public Radio. The cash awards will be mailed to the winners within a few weeks of the winners’ recital.

For more information and an application form, as well as photos and information about past winners, use this link:

http://www.wpr.org/music/neale-silva/


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