Young Artist Competition on Sunday

February 16, 2002

The Imperial Valley Symphony Association's 27th annual Young Artist Competition will be in the music room (Room 305) at Imperial Valley College at 7 p.m. Sunday.

The competition, always held the Sunday after Super Bowl Sunday, is open to advanced music students under age 24 who do not yet possess a bachelor's degree.

Competitors must be residents of Imperial County or attend a school in Imperial County. Previous winners are not eligible to enter.

Entrants are required to perform at least one movement of a concerto or concert piece for soloist and orchestra.

The piece need not be memorized. It is recommended, but not required, that the pieces be accompanied. Entrants will be responsible for organizing their own accompanist.


The auditions will be closed to the public and only the entrant, his/her music teacher/coach and the accompanist will be allowed in with the committee. The music room at IVC will be open from 6 to 7 p.m. for registration and for entrants to warm up.

The winner will receive a $500 scholarship and be the featured soloist with the Imperial Valley Symphony in its April 12 concert.

Previous winners who have gone on to professional careers in music include award-winning saxophonist/recording artist Walter Beasley and Central Union High School band director Renee Baker.

Students interested in competing should call 355-6287 and leave a voice mail message, which should include name, phone number, age, name of school attended or home address, instrument (or voice classification for vocalists) and the composer and title of the piece to be performed.

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