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).