2015 Young Artists Competition

Open to instrumentalists and vocalists residing in Kitsap County, Belfair, or Gig Harbor, aged 18 or under on the competition date of March 7, 2015.

SolveigOPTThe Bremerton Symphony is looking for exceptional young musicians, one or more of whom may be selected as winners. The First Place Winner may be invited to perform with the Bremerton Symphony on its season finale concerts (May 8 & 9, 2015).  Additional winners may be invited to perform in a future concert.

Applicants may apply online here. Please note that filling out the online application form is just the first step. After completing the form, you’ll be directed to an additional page with a link to upload your required teacher recommendation letter, and a PayPal link to pay your application fee. Applications will not be considered complete unless all three steps have been completed.

New this year: Solo Works including Sonatas, Suites, Arias, Songs, etc., will be allowed in addition to concertos in two divisions: Junior = up to age 15 on March 7, 2015; and Senior = up to age 18 on March 7, 2015. Winners will be selected from both divisions.

Guidelines: This competition is open to instrumentalists and vocalists who reside in Kitsap County, Belfair, or Gig Harbor. Contestants(unless performing solo piano sonatas, etc.) are responsible for bringing their own accompanist (required) and works selected for performance must be available to the Bremerton Symphony Association. If there are any questions about the suitability of a work being considered, or any other music-related questions about the competition, please consult the Music Director at symphony@symphonic.org.

There is a $35 fee to apply, and the applicant’s music teacher must write a recommendation to be included with his/her application.

Deadline for application is February 13, 2015. Late applications will NOT be accepted. Applications may be submitted by US mail, or on-line. Please note that your application, the application fee of $35 AND your teacher recommendation letter must be received by the BSA office by close of business, Friday, February 13, 2015.

The previous year’s winner is not eligible to win but may compete for adjudication only.

Process: Each applicant will have seven minutes to perform followed by three minutes of adjudication. Adjudication will be by a panel of judges chaired by the Music Director of the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra. The decision of the judges is final. Winners will be notified by email/telephone within 36 hours of the close of competition.

NOTE: All pianists who appear with the Bremerton Symphony will be expected to perform on the Piano provided by the Bremerton Symphony Association. Pianists who prefer to use a different instrument will need to provide their own piano and will need to cover any and all costs associated with the use of a different piano. These may include; rental fees, moving, storage, venue fees, and tuning.

Questions? For questions or more information about the Bremerton Symphony Association or the competition, contact the BSA office at (360) 373-1722, e-mail: symphony@symphonic.org , or visit the BSA website at bremertonsymphony.org.

 

Reach for the Stars: 2014-2015 Season Lineup

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All concerts at Bremerton Performing Arts Center (1500 13th Street, Bremerton) unless otherwise noted. Concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Box office opens at 6:00 p.m. Pre-concert chat held at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium for all BPAC performances.

October 18

Russian Romance

TCHAIKOVSKY Queen of Spades Overture
RACHMANINOV 2nd Piano Concerto, Debra Florian, piano
GLINKA Romance, LeeAnne Campos, mezzo soprano
PROKOFIEV Field of the Dead, LeeAnne Campos, mezzo soprano
MUSSORGSKY-TUSHMALOV Pictures at an Exhibition
PROKOFIEV Death of Tybalt from Romeo and Juliet

Sponsor: Kitsap Bank

November 15

Made in America

PAINE Symphony #1 excerpt
BERNSTEIN Westside Story Selections
COPLAND Lincoln Portrait; Rodeo: Four Dances
CHARLES BERRY Three Stations of a Traveling Man
CAGE 4’33”
HERRMANN Scene from Psycho
ELLINGTON Medley
SOUSA Stars and Stripes

Sponsor: William H. Upton Naval & Military Lodge #206 and the Free & Accepted Masons of Washington from around the Sound

December 13

The Messiah and Tchaikovsky

with Bremerton Symphony Concert Chorale
FINNEGAN Christmas Sing-Along
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto,
Sasha Starcevich, Piano
HANDEL Messiah (Choruses)

Sponsor: Harrison Medical Center

March 14

Reach for the Stars

with Bremerton Symphony Youth Orchestra
BRAHMS Academic Festival Overture
STRAUSS Death and Transfiguration
HOLST The Planets
WAGNER Rienzi Overture

Co-sponsors: Edward Jones: Todd Tidball – Poulsbo, Jim Thatcher – Bremerton, Teresa Bryant – Bremerton

April 11

at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church

Berlioz and Bruckner

BERLIOZ Grande symphonie Finale
MAHLER Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, LeeAnne Campos, mezzo soprano
BRUCKNER Symphony #4

Co-sponsors: Tim Quigley Insurance Services, Inc.

May 9

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

with Bremerton Symphony Concert Chorale
BEETHOVEN Symphony #9
Plus performance by Young Musicians Competition Winner

Sponsor: Kitsap Credit Union

Season tickets for all six concerts are $139 for adult, $118 for senior and military, and $36 for youth and student.

Individual concert tickets are $26 for adult, $22 for senior and military, and $8 for youth and student.

Contact the Bremerton Symphony Association office at (360) 373-1722 to purchase tickets.

Announcing our 2014-2015 Season: Reach for the Stars

We have unveiled details for the BSA’s 72nd season. Led by music director Alan Futterman, the BSA is setting high goals with a stellar six concert series for their 2014-2015 season. With the season theme Reach for the Stars, the BSA, including the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra, Concert Chorale and Youth Orchestra, are ready to shine.

Season highlights:

  • A colorful Russian evening is planned for the season premiere October 18th, with pianist Debra Florian performing Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto.
  • The November concert traces the best of American music from its roots in Colonial-era Shape-Note songs, through the 19th Century Boston symphonist John Knowles Paine, to the 20th Century hits of Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and Duke Ellington, with an entertaining touch of Herrmann and Cage and finally a new work by local Charles Berry.
  • The Messiah and Tchaikovsky, in December, features all the great choruses of Handel’s Messiah and Anastasia Solomatina performing Tchaikovsky’s dazzling First Piano Concerto.
  •  The Bremerton Symphony Youth Orchestra will join the Bremerton Symphony Orchestra onstage in March and will encourage all to Reach for the Stars. True to the concert’s title, the program will include The Planets by Gustav Holst and the celestial Death and Transfiguration of Richard Strauss.
  • Berlioz and Bruckner continues an April tradition in the Our Lady Star of the Sea church with the Kitsap County premiere of Anton Bruckner’s 4th Symphony, The Romantic.  The evening will also feature the blazing brasses of Berlioz and our resident mezzo-soprano soloist, Chorale Director LeeAnne Campos.
  • The season finale will feature Beethoven’s triumphant Ninth Symphony for chorus, soloists and orchestra.

Season and individual concert tickets are now on sale. Season tickets for all six concerts are $139 for adult, $118 for senior and military, and $36 for youth and student. Individual concert tickets are $26 for adult, $22 for senior and military, and $8 for youth and student.  Contact the Bremerton Symphony Association office at (360) 373-1722 to purchase tickets.

Concert dates and lineup can be found in this post.

 

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