Young Artists Solo Competition

The Kansas City area NorthWinds Symphonic Band, a music educator’s band, is proud to host an annual solo competition for outstanding young instrumentalists.  ­The winner of the competition will receive a $1,000 scholarship and perform with the NorthWinds Symphonic Band on May 5th, 2019, during our annual Spring concert.

Past winners:

  —— Cooper Smith - 2018 Winner —--

—— Cooper Smith - 2018 Winner —--

  —--- Gabby Stanley - 2017 Winner ——

—--- Gabby Stanley - 2017 Winner ——

  ——- Nick Foster - 2016 Winner ——-

——- Nick Foster - 2016 Winner ——-

——— Kali Dodd - 2015 Winner ——--

  —— Adam Lechner - 2014 Winner —---

—— Adam Lechner - 2014 Winner —---

—-- Shawn Griddine - 2013 Winner —--

  Chris Kidwell (2012)

Chris Kidwell (2012)

  Joel Gordon (2011)

Joel Gordon (2011)

  —— Felice Doynov (2010) —--

—— Felice Doynov (2010) —--

Woodwind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists ages 15-18 during the 2018-2019 NorthWinds concert season (Aug. 2018 - May 2019) are eligible. Entries from college applicants will not be accepted.


Application Process

Repertoire Requirements

List of Solos w/ Band Accompaniment

Recording Requirements

Online Application

Submit online application and audio recording and 2 letters of recommendation by February 11th, 2019.

Application Materials (Recommendations and Recording) MUST be sent to Jim Elswick at jim.elswick@yahoo.com

 

Preliminary Screening Round:

All completed applications and recordings will be evaluated by a panel of judges, selected from within the NorthWinds Symphonic Band membership, following the February 11, 2019 deadline.  Notification of application status will be conveyed to all applicants by March 1, 2019.

Final Live Audition Round:

  1. Finalists will be invited to audition live on Sunday afternoon of March 18, 2018. This is a mandatory audition. Specific location and times will be sent along with the invitation to audition.

  2. The winner of the live audition will be notified March 20, 2018. Receiving the award is condition upon the winner being available and committed to rehearsal dates (April 8, April 15, April 22, 2018), and the performance date of April 29, 2018.

  3. Scholarship awards are provided to winners upon completion of their high school education.

TIME LINE:

Application deadline: February 12th, 2018
Finalists announced: March 1st, 2018
Live auditions: March 18th, 2018
Winner announced: March 20th, 2018
Rehearsals with NorthWinds Symphonic Band: April 8th, 15th, 22nd, 2018
Performance: April 29th, 2018


The NorthWinds Symphonic Band Solo Competition committee, the directors, and membership reserve the right to make their selection(s) based on any and all information provided in the applications and/or reference letters. The selection of a clear winner will be contingent upon the unanimous approval of the adjudicating panel.