SPECIAL MEMBER ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCEMENTS

ILLINOIS PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

COMPOSER COMPETITION: IPO CLASSICAL EVOLVE

As part of Maestro Stilian Kirov's vision to encourage the development of new musical voices, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra is excited to announce IPO Classical Evolve- our inaugural composition competition aimed at expanding the canon of classical music for current and future generations. In an innovative and artistically fulfilling process, three finalists will be chosen to have their original score workshopped and performed LIVE to IPO audiences on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. The winning composer will be named IPO “Composer in Residence” and have the opportunity to compose three works for IPO’s 2018-19 Season.

Eligibility:

  • Composers who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • 35 years old or younger as of May 8, 2018


Application fee: $30.  Payable to Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, 377 Artists Walk, Park Forest, IL 60466.  Checks must be postmarked by December 10, 2017.  Alternatively, payment may be made over the phone at 708.481.7774 by December 15, 2017, 3 PM CST.

Please see the Composer Competition PDF for full details and application instructions.

 

ILLINOIS VALLEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

YOUNG PERFORMERS CONCERTO COMPETITION

The IVSO Young Performers Competition provides the opportunity for outstanding young instrumentalists, grades 6-12, to compete for performing with the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra. Auditions: January 06, 2018. The winners of both divisions will perform with the IVSO at the School Concerts on February 23, 2018 and at the March 11, 2018 Subscription Concert.

Click here to download the application for the 2018 Young Performers Competition

 

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA SYMPHONY

OVERTURE COMPOSITION COMPETITION

In partnership with Music Alive to promote the creation and performance of new music, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra announces a composition competition to be held during the 2017-18 season. CUSO, Music Director and Conductor Stephen Alltop, and Music Alive composer-in-residence Stacy Garrop invite composers of all ages to write a three-minute work to be performed by the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra at a subscription concert in Krannert Center for the Performing Arts during the 2018-2019 season.

Process and Guidelines (PDF)
Entry Form (PDF)

Entries must be received by 5:00 PM CST on January 1, 2018. 

 

MIDWEST YOUNG ARTISTS CONSERVATORY

25th SEASON CELEBRATION & ALUMNI CONCERT

AT CHICAGO SYMPHONY CENTER

Join MYA Conservatory in our once-in-a-lifetime 25th Anniversary Season Celebration & Alumni Concert!
Current and past MYAC orchestra, jazz and choral musicians will come together to pack the stage at the Chicago Symphony Center on Friday, December 29th at 6PM, performing fan-favorite masterpieces by Basie, Beethoven, Bernstein, Croce, Mahler, Ravel and Brahms. Celebrate 25 years of Midwest Young Artists Conservatory and support us in our continuing mission of building a home with the power of music to enrich the lives of our students and communities.

Tickets for the event can be purchased through the MYAC website.

 

LAKE FOREST SYMPHONY

CELEBRATES 60th ANNIVERSARY & BOARD MEMBER APPLICATIONS

The Lake Forest Symphony celebrates its 60th anniversary season in 2017-18 with a return to Lake Forest.
The Symphony will have two Masterworks concerts at the Lake Forest Academy in addition to the concerts at the James Lumber Center of The College of Lake County. The Salon Series continues this season in Lake Forest at the Gorton Community Center with performances by Kathy Pirtle, Nicole Cabell, Alyson Cambridge, Vladimir Kulenovic and the Metropolis Oboe Quartet. This season the Lake Forest Symphony also welcomes three new staff members, Executive Director Timothy Corpus, Operations Manager James Setzekorn and Box Office & Patron Services Manager Taylor Scott.

The Lake Forest Symphony is also accepting applications for additional board members. For more information, please contact Executive Director Timothy Corpus, timothy@lakeforestsymphony.org.

 

KISHWAUKEE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

ARTHUR D. MONTZKA YOUNG ARTISTS CONCERTO COMPETITION

Saturday, January 6th, 2018 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: NIU Boutell Memorial Concert Hall

This is a live annual competition for instrumentalists up to the age of 18 years. It open to the public at no admission charge. Each performer, with a piano accompanist, will play one or more movements of a solo concerto, or an appropriate one-movement composition, that is written for orchestral accompaniment, the performance time not to exceed 15 minutes. Audience members may arrive and leave during any of the brief breaks between the 15-minute performances. The competition winner, as determined by a panel of judges, will receive a cash award and perform as soloist with the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra in its concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2018.

 

WEST SUBURBAN SYMPHONY

SOLO COMPETITION

Each year since its founding, the West Suburban Symphony Society has proudly provided an opportunity each season for high-school instrumentalists and vocalists to compete to perform a solo work with orchestra.

The winner of our 2017-18 competition will perform with the orchestra in Hinsdale on April 29, 2018. Other works on the program are Dvorak’s Symphony 7 and Humoresque No. 7, Grieg’s Elegiac Melodies, and Suppe’s Jolly Robbers Overture.

Applications, which include an audition recording, must be postmarked by January 2, 2018.
Auditions will take place the afternoon of February 3, 2018, in La Grange, Illinois.

For full details, download the application materials here.