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Students to compete for young artist music award

January 15, 2001|STAFF REPORT

The sounds of instrumental concerti and open arias will echo through the music room of Imperial Valley College at 7 tonight as young musicians seek the Imperial Valley Association's 26th annual Young Artist Award.

The competition is open to students living in the Imperial County or with legal residence here if attending school outside the county (or to students attending school in Imperial County regardless of their residence). Competitors must be under age 24 and not yet earned a bachelor's degree.

Competitors will perform at least one movement of a concerto, concert piece or aria from the standard repertoire for soloists and orchestras in a closed audition before a panel of judges consisting of professional musicians in various fields of applied music. The selection performed need not be memorized, although accompaniment is encouraged to hear the competitor's ability to establish a sense of ensemble, whether that accompaniment is by piano, ensemble, CD or tape (Music Minus One, TRAX), or even by computer (Vivace).

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The IVSA is not responsible for providing an accompanist and accompaniment is not required. Two pianos and a stereo system (for cassette tape or CD accompaniment) will be provided.

The winner will receive a $500 scholarship and will be featured as the soloist with the Imperial Valley Symphony in its spring concert at the Southwest Performing Arts Theatre on April 5.

Previous winners of the IVSA Young Artist Competition who have gone on to professional music careers include saxophone recording artist Walter Beasley, Central Union High School band director Renee Godfrey Baker and San Diego Chamber Orchestra violinist Robie Russum Evans.

For more information call Joel Jacklich at 352-8789.

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