2023 Strings Competition Instructions

The strings competition will be held Saturday, April 22, 2023, at 9:00 am at the Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center (11151 Colorado Blvd, Thornton, CO 80233).

No auditions will be required to participate in the 2023 Young Artists Festival.  To understand changes and requirements, we request all students to study the Young Artists Festival Program Overview.

Divisions

Intermediate A – Up to 8th Grade

Intermediate B – Up to 8th Grade

Senior A – 9th-12th Grade

Senior B – 9th-12th Grade

*A & B divisions will be determined by the difficulty of repertoire (see below)

*Younger students may enter the senior divisions if literature is comparable and their performance is approved by administrators

*The first place winner in an A division will be required to move up to the B division the following year

*Festival administrators may add divisions as they deem necessary for an equitable competition

Requirements

String musicians are required to prepare a memorized solo of quality literature from the classical repertoire.  A short second piece may be be added only if the first selection does not fulfill the minimum performance time.  Students are required to provide their own accompanists for festival participation. If the selected composition is written with a piano accompaniment, a piano accompaniment is required. Please shorten piano introductions.  Students may not enter selections they have performed for previous Young Artists Festivals.

Time Requirements

Intermediate A – Between 2 and 10 minutes

Intermediate B – Between 3 and 10 minutes

Senior A – Between 4 and 10 minutes

Senior B – Between 5 and 15 minutes

*Performance tempo should retain the character of the piece

Intermediate A

To enter this level, students should perform literature comparable to the following:

Violin           

Gavotte from “Mignon”   (Suzuki Vol. 2) by Thomas

Minuet   (Suzuki Vol. 2) by Boccherini

Minuet (including G minor section) (Suzuki Vol. 3) by J.S. Bach

Viola

Gavotte from “Mignon” (Suzuki Vol. 2) by Thomas

Minuet (Suzuki Vol. 2)   by Boccherini

Minuet (including C minor section) (Suzuki Vol. 3) by J.S. Bach

Cello

Theme from “Witch’s Dance” (Suzuki Vol. 2) by Paganini

Bourree (Suzuki Vol. 2) by Handel

Gavotte (Suzuki Vol. 2) by Gossec

Bass

March in G (Suzuki Vol. 2) by J.S. Bach

Minuet #1 (Suzuki Vol. 2) by J.S. Bach

The first place winner in the Intermediate A competition will be required to enter a higher level or division the following year.

Intermediate B

To enter this level, students should be prepared to perform literature comparable to the following:

Violin

Concerto in A Minor Movt. I. and III.   (Suzuki Vol. 4) by Vivaldi

Viola

Concerto in D Minor Movt. I. and III.   (Suzuki Vol. 4) by Vivaldi

Cello

Minuet #3 (including G minor section) (Suzuki Vol. 3) by J.S. Bach

Minuet in G (Suzuki Vol. 3) by Beethoven

La Cinquantaine (Suzuki Vol. 3) by Marie

Humoresque (Suzuki Vol. 3) by Dvorak

Bass

Minuet #2 (Suzuki Vol. 3) by J.S. Bach

Bourree (Suzuki Vol. 3) by Handel

Gavotte (Suzuki Vol. 3) by Gossec

Senior A

To enter this level students should perform literature comparable to the following (a more mature tone, including vibrato is expected):

Violin

Concerto in G Minor, Op. 12, No. 1 Movt. I. and III. (Suzuki Vol. 5) by Vivaldi

Concerto No. 1 in A Minor by Accolay

Concerto No. 1 in A Minor Movt. I. (Suzuki Vol. 7) by J.S. Bach

Viola

Sonata in G Major (Suzuki Vol. 5) by Marcello

Unaccompanied Cello Suites 1-3 by J.S. Bach

Concerto No. 1 in D Minor by Accolay

Cello

Unaccompanied Cello Suite I. Prelude, Allemande, Corrente by J.S. Bach

Sonata in C Major, Op. 40, No. 1 by Breval

Danse Rustic, Op. 20, No. 5 by Squire

Sonata in E Minor, Op. 14, No. 5 by Vivaldi

Bass

“l’ Elephant” from Carnival of the Animals (Suzuki Vol. 3) by Saint-Saens

Humoresque (Suzuki Vol. 4) by Dvorak

La Cinquantaine (Suzuki Vol. 4) by Marie

Senior B

To enter this level students should perform literature comparable to the following (a more mature tone, including vibrato, is expected):

Violin

Unaccompanied Sonatas and Partitas for Violin by J.S. Bach

Concerto No. 3 in G Major by Mozart

Allegro Brilliante   by Ten Have

Meditation from “Thais” by Massenet

Viola

Unaccompanied Cello Suites by J.S. Bach

Concerto in C Minor (Suzuki Vol. 6-7) by J.C. Bach/Casadesus

“Apres un Reve” (Suzuki Vol. 7) by Faure

Concerto in B Minor (Suzuki Vol. 7) by Handel/Casdesus)

Cello

Unaccompanied Cello Suite III.   Corrente, Gigue by J.S. Bach

Unaccompanied Cello Suite II.   Prelude, Allemande by J.S. Bach

Allegro Appassionato, Op. 43 by Saint-Saens

“The Swan” from Carnival of the Animals (Suzuki Vol. 6) by Saint-Saens

Silent Woods by Dvorak

Bass

Sonata in G Major (Suzuki Vol. 5) by Marcello

Sonata, Op. 5, No. 8 by Corelli

“Apres un Reve” by Faure

Auditions

No auditions are required for the 2023 Young Artists Festival.  Refer to the Overview and Schedule for registration details on the Young Artists Alliance website:  www.youngartistsalliance.com.

Competition

Finalists will perform for a panel of judges on Saturday, April 22, 2022 at 9 am at the Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center (11151 Colorado Blvd, Thornton, CO 80233).

Limited audience participation will be available.  Adams County and Carpenter Recreation Center COVID guidelines will be followed.

Awards

Senior B               Senior A Intermediate B Intermediate A
1st Place $400                      $200 $150 $100
2nd Place $200                      $100 $75 $50
3rd Place $100                      $75 $50 $25

Register

The registration deadline is March 27, 2023 ($40).  Late registration will be available through March 30, 2023 ($50).  Please take time to go through the following checklist to make sure that you have all the information you need prior to registering.

Verify that your performance selections meet the criteria. Check the title and composer for spelling accuracy.
Time your performance.
Draft your program bio (a few sentences about your background, other performing arts areas of study, hobbies, interests, long-term goals).
Decide on your payment method. Have your credit card ready or mail your check to the following address: Young Artists Alliance, P.O. Box 807, Eastlake, CO 80614

IMPORTANT: As you register the first name should be that of the credit card holder. The second name should be the student’s name.

If you can complete the checklist above you are ready to register:

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