Strings Competition

*Criteria for the 2017-2018 string competition is still being considered.  Please check back soon for updates!  Below is last year’s information for your reference:

The festival’s classical strings competition will be held 9:00 am Saturday April 8th, at the Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center located at 111th and Colorado Blvd. This competition will be divided into four divisions determined by grade level and repertoire (not age).  Intermediate A & B will feature middle school and younger students  while high school students will be divided into Senior A & B divisions.

Requirements

String musicians are required to prepare a memorized solo of quality literature from the classical repertoire. A minimum performance time, excluding repeats, piano introductions and interludes, is expected for each division. Performance tempo should retain the character of the piece. A short second piece may 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 as indicated by the composer and/or literature. Please shorten piano introductions. Students will be required to audition for festival acceptance.

The Intermediate Strings Division will be divided into two levels and will feature elementary school students through students enrolled in the eighth grade. A student’s participation level will be determined by the difficulty of repertoire.

If you are new to the festival, please refer to the Young Artists Festival program overview -click here.

Intermediate A

Students will be required to perform a minimum of 2 minutes and may not exceed 10 minutes. 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

Students will be required to perform a minimum of 3 minutes and may not exceed 10 minutes. 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

High School students enrolled in ninth through twelfth grade will compete in this division.  Younger students may enter this division if literature is comparable and their performance is approved by the audition judge.  Students will be required to perform a minimum of 4 minutes and may not exceed 10 minutes.  A more mature tone, including vibrato, is expected. To enter this level students should perform literature comparable to the following:

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

The first place winner in the Senior A competition will be required to enter the Senior B division the following year.

Senior B

High School students enrolled in ninth through twelfth grade will compete in this division.  Students will be required to perform a minimum of 5 minutes and may not exceed 15 minutes.  A more mature tone, including vibrato, is expected. To enter this level students should perform literature comparable to the following:

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

Auditions are mandatory and are scheduled for March 17th and 18th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3501 Summit Grove Parkway. Specific audition times will be scheduled after the March 8th entry deadline.  As you complete the string registration form, please indicate by a check mark your preferred audition time of Friday evening March 17th, Saturday morning March 18th, or Saturday afternoon March 18th.

Students will be judged on their technique (left hand and bow), rhythmic accuracy,  musicality, stage presentation and criteria compliance. Students must demonstrate their ability to perform at a competition level which includes memorization competency. The judge(s) will give a brief oral critique and a written judging form will be provided to students to assist them during the final preparation stage. Only teachers and close family members may observe the audition process. When the preliminary judging is completed, accepted finalists, as well as the performance schedule, will be posted online at www.youngartistsalliance.com.

Judging

Students accepted for festival participation will perform for a panel of judges in final competitions to be held April 8th beginning at 9 am. String competitions are open to family, friends and the general public at no charge. Performance order for string musicians will be determined alphabetically. Students may enter up to three performing arts disciplines if one is the Drama Competition. Students may not enter selections they performed for previous TASHCO Festivals. Festival administrators reserve the right to combine or add divisions as necessary to assure an equitable competition.

2017 Judges

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

Registration will be done exclusively online. The registration fee is $30 and the registration deadline is March 4, 2017 by 12 midnight. Late registration will be available for $40 with a late registration deadline of March 8, 2017 by 12 midnight.

Before you register, we ask that you take some time to go through the following checklist to make sure that you have all the information you need to complete your registration.

Verify your competition(s) performance selections. Do they meet the criteria? Check the title and composer for spelling accuracy.
Have you timed your performances? This is a MUST.
Draft your program bio before you register. You are asked to write a few sentences about your background. Tell about other performing arts areas of study, other interests and hobbies. What are your long-term goals as they relate to the arts?
Verify your teacher’s approval for participation. Know his/her phone number and e-mail for verification purposes.
Be ready to choose from the following audition timeframes: Friday Evening, March 17th; Saturday Morning, March 18th; or Saturday Afternoon, March 18th.
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 1st Name should be the Credit Card Holder. The 2nd Name should be the student’s name as it should appear in the program.

If you can complete the checklist above you are ready to register. Please proceed to the registration site at the following URL: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-young-artists-festival-registration-28675197287?ref=estw