Young Artist Festival seeks applicants

October 1, 2008

The Fox Valley Symphony is seeking qualified applicants to participate in the 41st annual Young Artist Festival, which will be held Saturday, January 17, 2009, at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton.

Students can compete in several categories: Youth Soloist Competition, Junior Piano Concerto Competition and the Junior String Competition. New this year is a Junior Voice Competition for students in grades 8-10.

The Youth Soloist Competition offers young Wisconsin musicians the opportunity to compete for the chance to perform with the Fox Valley Symphony in concert and to receive cash prizes to help further their musical education. The competition is open to all Wisconsin high school students in grades 10, 11 and 12 performing on strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, voice, harp or piano. The winner will perform with the Fox Valley Symphony on March 24, 2009, in a concert at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.

The Junior Piano Concerto Competition is divided into two divisions grades 6-7 and grades 8-9. The winner of each division will perform at the Winners’ Recital at the conclusion of the competition and be awarded cash prizes.

The Junior String Competition offers young area musicians an opportunity to perform, receive judges’ written comments and compete for cash prizes. This competition is open to violin, viola, cello or bass students in grades 7-9 who are residents of Brown, Calumet, Fond du Lac, Manitowoc, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca or Winnebago counties. Competitors should be performing at the level of Suzuki Book 6, its equivalent and beyond.

The Junior Voice Competition offers young area voice students opportunities to perform, to receive judges’ written comments and to compete for cash prizes. Voice students must be in grades 8-9-10 who are residents or whose teacher is a resident of Brown, Calumet, Fond du Lac, Manitowoc, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca or Winnebago counties. Contestants must choose two contrasting works whose performances are a maximum of 10 minutes in duration and have piano accompaniment. Repertoire must include one selection from two of the following genres: art song, opera aria or Broadway musical.

For more information or to download an application, please visit and go to the Youth and Education Page. All applications must be postmarked by December 1, 2008.

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