Competitions in Musical Performance
Auditions and Competitions will take place in Kobacker Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Preliminaries will be held from December 6-8, 2017. Finals will be held Saturday December 9, 2017. All details will be posted and announced by Caroline Chin, competition's coordinator. Winners will perform with the Bowling Green Philharmonia or the Wind Symphony during the spring semester of the 2017-2018 academic year.
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.
Auditions will be held in two stages.
- Undergraduate Division:
- Graduate Division: All instruments/voices are judged together.
The winners of the preliminary auditions will advance to the final auditions.
- Undergraduate Division: All instruments/voices are judged together; up to two winners and two runners up may be chosen from this division.
- 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.
You may download the application online. Completed forms must be submitted to Barbara Berta in the College office by 4 p.m., November 8, 2017. 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.
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
Undergraduates must be prepared to perform no more than 15 minutes of concerted music in the final round and will be stopped after 10 minutes in the preliminary round. In both rounds, students will have one minute to set the stage, adjust the piano bench, tune, etc. before beginning their performance.
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 10 minutes in the preliminary round and 15 minutes in the final round. 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.
Arias or works with orchestra or band accompaniment.
Graduates must be prepared to perform no more than 20 minutes of concerted music in the final round and will be stopped after 12 minutes in the preliminary round. In both rounds, students will have one minute to set the stage, adjust the piano bench, tune, etc. before beginning their performance.
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 12 minutes (prelims), 20 minutes (finals). 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.
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.
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.
Winners of the 2017-2018 Competition in Music Performance
UNDERGRADUATE - PERFORMANCE
Zhanglin Hu, piano
Andrew Hosler, saxophone
Honorable mention: Gretchen Hill, clarinet
GRADUATE - PERFORMANCE
Caroline Kouma, soprano
Kyle McConnell, trombone
Honorable mention: Sijia Lin, piano
Kory Reeder, The Location of Lines
VIRGINIA MARKS COLLABORATIVE PIANIST AWARD
Rhys Burgess, piano
WINNERS OF THE 2016-2017 COMPETITION IN MUSIC PERFORMANCE
UNDERGRATUATE - PERFORMANCE
Stephen Dubetz, clarinet
Michelle Whitmore, flute
Honorable Mention: Samantha Tartamella, flute
GRADUATE - PERFORMANCE
Kenneth Cox, flute
Peisi Luo, piano
Honorable Mention: Aldulfulyne Padmore, flute
Daniel Bayot, The Philosophy of Wood
VIRGINIA MARKS COLLABORATIVE PIANO AWARD
Jonathan Brian Guelfand, piano