Competitions in Musical Performance

General Information

Auditions and Competitions will take place in Kobacker Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Preliminaries will be held from December 7-9, 2016. Finals will be held Saturday December 10, 2016. All details will be posted and announced by Dr. Nermis Mieses, competition's coordinator. Winners will perform with the Bowling Green Philharmonia or the Wind Symphony during the spring semester of the 2016-2017 academic year.

Eligibility

Competition participants, in both the semester of the semi-finals/finals and the semester of public appearance with accompanying ensemble, must be full-time BGSU degree-pursuing students who are registered for applied lessons in their medium of competition. Certificate students taking six hours of credit are eligible to compete in the graduate division. Previous winners who have performed with orchestra or band and PSEOP students are ineligible.

Audition Procedures

Auditions will be held in two stages.

Preliminary Auditions

  1. Undergraduate Division:
    • brass/percussion
    • keyboard
    • strings/harp/guitar
    • voice
    • woodwind
  2. Graduate Division: All instruments/voices are judged together.

The winners of the preliminary auditions will advance to the final auditions.

Final Auditions

  1. Undergraduate Division: All instruments/voices are judged together; up to two winners and two runners up may be chosen from this division.
  2. Graduate Division: All instruments/voices are judged together; up to two winners and two runners up may be chosen from this division.

Please Note: The judges need not fill all winning positions if, in their opinion, a high level of artistry is not displayed.

To Apply

You may download the application online. Completed forms must be submitted to Michelle Holmes in the College office by 4 p.m., November 15, 2016. Please type directly into the form. Handwritten applications will not be accepted. 

All repertoire must be approved by the respective applied teacher and by the appropriate ensemble director. The purpose of the latter approval is to ascertain:

  • The availability of the materials,
  • The cost of renting or purchasing the materials, and
  • Whether or not the ensemble can provide an adequate accompaniment.

Awards

Finalists in each division will receive a certificate of merit.

Winners in each division will receive a certificate of merit and will perform as soloists with the Bowling Green Philharmonia or the Wind Symphony.

Virginia Marks Collaborative Piano Award: As a part of the competition, an award of distinction in performance will be given to a selected collaborative pianist from either the undergraduate or graduate division. This award is given in honor of former Professor of Piano Virginia Marks, who championed the importance of collaborative work and performance by piano students at the College of Musical Arts.

Division Repertoire Requirements

Undergraduate Division

Undergraduates must be prepared to perform no more than 15 minutes of concerted music in both the preliminary and final rounds. In both rounds, students will have one minute to set the stage, adjust the piano bench, tune, etc. before beginning their performance.

Instrumentalists

All movements (or selected movements) of a concerto or concerto-like composition for solo instrument(s) and orchestra or band. In order to stay within the allotted time, the performer must, in consultation with the private instructor, make appropriate cuts and will be stopped after 15 minutes. Concertos for more than one instrument are allowed, but are still subject to the memorization requirement and time limit. If any of the performers are a certificate or graduate student, the entry must be in the graduate division.

Vocalists

Arias or works with orchestra or band accompaniment.

Graduate Division

Graduates must be prepared to perform no more that 20 minutes of concerted music in both the preliminary and final rounds. In both rounds, students will have one minute to set the stage, adjust the piano bench, tune, etc. before beginning their performance.

Instrumentalists

All movements (or selected movements) of a concerto or concerto-like composition for solo instrument(s) and orchestra or band. In order to stay within the allotted time, the performer must, in consultation with the private instructor, make appropriate cuts and will be stopped after 20 minutes. Concertos for more than one instrument are allowed, but are still subject to the memorization requirement and time limit. If any of the performers are a certificate or graduate student, the entry must be in the graduate division.

Vocalists

At least three arias or a substantial work with orchestra or band.

Please note: For performances, cuts for both undergraduates and graduates may be taken at the discretion of the conductor in consultation with the studio teacher.

Composition Division

The Composition Division is coordinated by Dr. Christopher Dietz. For information about the guidelines and application procedure please click here.

General Rules of the Competition

  • Memorization is required for all contestants in the competition as well as the performance (if selected as a winner). No applicant will be allowed to perform with music.
  • Contestants must provide their own collaborative pianist. Please also note that the accompaniment must be a piano reduction of the orchestral score or band score.
  • No changes in repertoire are permitted after applications are submitted without the written permission of the applied instructor, the appropriate ensemble director and the competitions coordinator.
  • Repertoire may not be changed between the preliminaries and the finals under any circumstances.
  • Students must provide one copy of the score for the jury. Students who do not have a score for the jury will be disqualified and not permitted to audition.
  • The deadline for withdrawing from the competition is 48 hours prior to the scheduled preliminary round. Remaining participants’ performance times will move up accordingly. Therefore, soloists and collaborative pianists must be prepared to perform one hour prior to their scheduled times. Soloists and collaborative pianists will be required to sign-in with the competitions coordinator one hour prior to their scheduled time and must be in the Green Room ready to perform 20 minutes before their scheduled time. Participants, including collaborative pianists, will forfeit their audition if they are not present within the one-hour time frame.
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pictured from left to right: Brianna Buck, Benjamin Crook, Yuefeng Liu, Stephanie Titus, Zachary Nyce, Emily Custer

WINNERS OF THE 2015-2016 COMPETITION IN MUSIC PERFORMANCE 

UNDERGRATUATE - PERFORMANCE

Yuefeng Liu, piano

Brianna Buck, saxophone

Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Ritter, flute

GRADUATE - PERFORMANCE

Benjamin Crook, piano

Zachary Nyce, piano

Honorable Mention: Gunnar Owen Hirthe, clarinet

COMPOSITION

Emily Custer, Seelenruhe

VIRGINIA MARKS COLLABORATIVE PIANO AWARD

Stephanie Titus, piano