Hi. I was hoping someone could direct me to a list or lists of competitions for 11-14 year olds, Concerto or solo.....
My 13 yr old recently won a statewide contest in her age group, she is wondering what else she could do. She enjoyed the process and the goal setting was useful to her. All I find when googling is things like American Protege which don't list their jurors and seem like cash machines for someone.....
We don't have any local things, most regional list nearer counties, not state or open....
If anyone knows resources, that would be great!
How about something that is not competitive? Something about the joy of making music? A chamber music work shop for example?
I don't know exactly what you've already seen, but community orchestras are maybe the lowest stake competitions - I'm not aware of a website compendium of them, but googling resulted in this:
She is doing all those things, too, as much as is available within our reach. The competition she won was the first one she has entered. For the kid, it was motivating and raised her game...
Thanks Christian, we are very rural. There is one next Spring, but most of the area ones do not include our county in the area they cover. But I will follow up the links...
Almost all orchestras that offer performing with orchestra as a prize have distance limitations for where the kids can come from. Usually it's the immediate vicinity of the orchestra's metropolitan area (and possibly not inclusive of the farther reaches of that metro area's suburbs). In other words the students need to be within an easy commute distance to the rehearsals.
When you live rural, it is really tough to find opportunities. In addition, lots of the good competitions have been put on hold due to the pandemic, especially ones with community orchestras.
There are summer festivals that include concerto competitions. I used to go to one in Burgos, Spain that had a very competitive one with both a junior and senior level - some of the previous winners are now international soloists. You need to get into these early. Of course, they may take rather a lot of financial commitment.
Susan, thanks as always. There is a local concerto competition this Spring, associated with a regional orchestra, generally for HS juniors and seniors, but think they are considering opening it to younger. The nearest cities, about an hour and a half away each, all limit to the surrounding counties. Elise, I don't think it is about the commute for rehearsals but taking care of their student base over outsiders. They could include our county though and my daughter would almost certainly be the only entry from here.:) Thanks for the advice, just had a moment to try to poke around the internet and see what opportunities were there. Her regular teacher and masterclass teachers are telling her she could be doing it.
Are you ready to travel for concerts and have a Bach piece handy? The Junior Bach Festival in Northern CA is a nice one, at least for the local junior high and high school students. Audition this year is via video (you may have missed the deadline to register but you can email). The concerts may be in-person or with videos this year depending on covid situation. Quality of competitors is high but it's not national level. It's popular one in this area which has lots of good violin students.
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