Walgreens National Concerto Competition

It was such a pleasure to finally meet you and to hear the exceptional talent of your young musicians. They are a testament to your vision, passion and commitment. I have had the privilege of working with talented young students at the Julliard Pre-College for many years and it was equally inspiring to hear the students at MYA
Janet Sung, Competition Judge

Midwest Young Artists is hosting the 19th annual Walgreens National Concerto Competition, held at the MYA Center at Fort Sheridan and Bennett-Gordon Hall at Ravinia on December 28 & 29, 2014. Prizes for this solo competition included an opportunity to perform with the MYA Symphony Orchestra and on the prestigious From the Top radio program. Walgreens Corporation’s annual sponsorship enabled MYA to provide students with distinguished judges, a digital recording of their performance, written performance evaluations, and an inviting and nurturing environment in which to participate.

2013 results are below! Congratulations to all performers.

MYA Senior Division Results

Overall Division Winner and String Category Winner (will perform in February at Symphony Center):
Chris Gao, cello: Prokofiev - Sinfonia Concertante, Op. 125, Mvt 2
Honorable Mentions (String Category):
David Berghoff, viola: Hindemith - Der Schwanendreher, Mvt 1
Anastasia Dalianis, cello: Kabalevsky - Cello Concerto in G Minor, Mvt 3
Daniel Kaler, cello: Dvorak - Cello Concerto in B Minor
Grace Pechianu, violin: Glazunov - Violin Concerto in A Minor, Mvt 1
Rachel Stenzel, violin: Dvorak - Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53, Mvt 3

Honorable Mention (Piano Category):
Allen Wang: Tchaikovsky - Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Minor, Mvt 1

Early Music Category Winner:
Marissa Takaki, bassoon: Mozart - Concerto for Bassoon, Mvt 1

Other Instruments Category Winner:
Torin Bakke, clarinet: Mozart - Concerto for Clarinet, Mvt 1
Honorable Mentions (Other Instruments Category):
Scott Greene, clarinet: Debussy - Premiere Rhapsody
Nina Laube, bassoon: Weber - Concerto for Bassoon in F Major, Mvt 1

MYA Junior Division Results

Overall Division Winner and String Category Winner:
Masha Lakisova, violin: Saint-Saens - Introduction and Rondo Capricciosso
Honorable Mentions (String Category):
Haddon Kay, cello: Elgar - Concerto in E minor Op 85, Mvts 1 & 2
Masha Lakisova/Rebecca Moy, violins: Reicha - Concerto Concertante for 2 Violins
Rebecca Moy, violin: Sarasate - Carmen Fantasy

Piano Category Winner:
Kimberly Han: Saint-Saens - Piano Concerto No. 2, Mvt 1
Honorable Mention (Piano Category):
Alice Zhang: Chopin - Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, Mvt 1

Early Music Category Winners:
Natalie Clarke and Colin Priller, violas: J.S. Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, BWV 1051, Mvt 1

Honorable Mention (Other Instruments Category):
Ariel Kaler, clarinet: Weber - Clarinet Concerto No. 1, Mvt 1

Open Senior Division Results

Overall Open Division Winner and String Category Winner (will perform in February at Symphony Center):
Hansuh Rhee, violin: Sibelius - Concerto in D Minor, Mvt 1
Honorable Mentions (String Category):
Paolo Dara, violin: Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto, Mvt 1
Serena Harnack, violin: Sarasate - Carmen Fantasy
Alexandra Kim, cello: Saint-Saens - Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33
Nathan Mo, cello: Shostakovich - Concerto No. 1 in E Flat Major, Mvt 1
Steven Song, violin: Prokofiev - Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Mvt 1
Lucie Ticho, cello: Shostakovich - Concerto No. 1 in E Flat Major, Mvts 3 & 4

Piano Category Winner:
Cindy Yang: Saint-Saens - Concerto No. 5, Mvt 3
Honorable Mentions (Piano Category):
Justin Ma: Grieg - Concerto in A Minor, Mvt 1
Jonah White: Tchaikovsky - Concerto No. 1, Op. 23, Mvt 1
Isabella Wu: Rachmaninoff - Concerto No. 1 in F Sharp Minor, Mvt 1

Honorable Mention (Other Instruments Category):
Elizabeth Chang, flute: Nielsen - Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, Mvt 1

Honorable Mention (Voice Category):
Loucine Topouzian, soprano: Puccini/Rodgers - O Mio Babbino Caro, If I Loved You

Open Junior Division Results

Overall Junior Division Winner and String Category Co-Winner:
Julian Rhee, violin: Dvorak - Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53
String Category Co-Winner:
Maya Anjali Buchanan, violin: Paganini - Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 6, Mvt 1
Honorable Mentions (String Category):
Kitsho Hosotani, violin: Wieniawski- Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 22, Mvt 1
Christian D. Kim, violin: Kreisler - Praeludium and Allegro
Charlotte Loukola, violin: Wieniawski - Polonaise Brilliante in A Major
Calvin Yoon, violin: Shostakovitch - Concerto No. 1, Mvt 4

Piano Category Winner:
Colin Choi: Grieg - Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16, Mvt 1
Honorable Mentions (Piano Category):
Derek Chung: Liszt - Piano Concerto No. 1, S. 124
Lia Kim: Saint-Saens - Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22

Early Music Category Winner:
Tyeese Braslavsky, piano: Mozart - Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K446, Mvt 1
Honorable Mention (Early Music Category):
Lilian Xu, piano: Mozart - Concerto in A Major, K488, Mvt 1

Honorable Mentions (Other Instruments Category):
Noah Jung, clarinet: Mozart - Concerto, Mvt 1
Lindsey Wong, flute: Mozart - Concerto No. 2 in D, K314, Mvt 1

Honorable Mention (Voice Category):
Laura Bretan, soprano: Adolphe/Puccini - O Holy Night, O Mio Babbino Caro

Eligibility

There are two Divisions in the contest: MYA Orchestra Division (MYA Division) and Open Division. Students in the MYA Division must be an active participant in the MYA Orchestra Program. All other entrants will participate in the Open Division (including students in MYA Chamber Music, Choral and Jazz Programs).

There are two Levels in each Division:

  1. Junior: for students in 8th grade and younger
  2. Senior: for students in 9th through 12th grades

The competition is open to all instruments. Each Level is further divided into Categories:

  • String
  • Piano
  • Voice
  • Winds & Percussion
  • Early Music (Please note: Students are automatically entered in the Early Music category - in addition to the relevant instrument category - if the piece they are performing was written before 1800. Strings, harpsichord, recorders, gamba winds and brass are encouraged to participate in this category.)

Repertoire

Students must perform a movement from a concerto or work with orchestral accompaniment. Vocalists should perform an opera aria or similar work for voice and orchestra. Selections must be performed from memory with piano accompaniment. Students will have 10 minutes to perform and will be timed. Appropriate accompaniment cuts are recommended. Please note: It is at the judges' discretion to ask for specific sections of a movement being performed. Please have movements prepared in their entirety.

For those entering the Early Music Category only, it is recommended that contestants choose any piece written prior to 1800, to be performed from memory. We do not list suggested literature for all other categories.

Early Music Category Repertoire

Harpsichord, recorders, gamba, winds, and bass are encouraged to participate in this category. If you have questions about repertoire, please contact the MYA office. Students are automatically entered into the Early Music Category if the piece they are performing was written before 1800.

Scheduling

Scheduling for the Walgreens Concerto Competition will take place immediately after the December 1 deadline. The schedule is determined by age division and by accompanist to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to prepare for their performance. Unfortunately, this means we cannot guarantee a specific audition time for any student. Generally, the Junior Division (grades 8 and under) auditions occur on December 28 and the Senior Division (grades 9-12) auditions occur on December 29; however, this depends on the number of applications we receive from each division. A higher volume of applicants in one division may result in some auditions occuring on the alternate day. We will notify all participants of their audition time once the schedule has been completed.

Venue

Open Division
MYA Center at Fort Sheridan
878 Lyster Road, Highwood, IL 60040
phone: (847) 926-9898

MYA Division
Bennett-Gordon Hall at Ravinia
Highland Park, IL

Accompanist

All participants must perform with an accompanist. Students must provide their own accompanist. Your accompanist’s name and contact information must be provided on your application. To search for a local accompanist, visit www.privatemusicteaching.org.

Application & Entry Fee

The competition entry fee is $55 for students not enrolled in any MYA programs and $35 for MYA members.

Please note: All applications must be submitted on-line; fees are non-refundable and must be paid on-line or by check, postmarked by December 1st.

Walgreens National Concerto Competition Application

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Awards and Prizes

Open Division
One Overall winner will be selected from either the Junior or Senior Level

MYA Division
One Overall winner will be selected from the Senior Level
One Overall winner will be selected from the Junior Level

Overall Winners

  • Overall winners from the 2014 competition will perform with orchestra on March 1, 2015 at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Evanston, IL.
  • The Overall winners will receive a Cash Award of $500 plus a MYA Tuition Scholarship (valued at $715-$745) to be used towards 2013-2014 academic year large ensemble tuition or 2014 Summer Music Festival programs.
  • The Overall Senior MYA Division winner will have the opportunity to perform on the prestigious From the Top radio program. (Please note: this only applies to students who have not performed as a soloist on prior shows.)

Category Winners

  • Category winners will receive a MYA Tuition Scholarship (valued at $355-$375) to be used toward 2014-2015 academic year large ensemble tuition or 2015 Summer Music Festival programs.
  • The Senior Level Early Music winner, at the discretion of the director, will record with Ars Antigua and will be podcasted from their website.
  • Category winners will be chosen, at the discretion of the director, to perform in March, 2015, on the Winners Recital.
  • Winning soloists may also be selected for performance opportunities with Midwest professional and community orchestras.

Hotel Reservations

Out-of-town participants should email Ben Rusch at benrusch@mya.org for hotel recommendations.

All additional questions about the Walgreens National Concerto Competition can be directed to Ben Rusch, Special Events Coordinator, at BenRusch@mya.org.

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