Competitions at the MasterWorks Festival
Student Honors Recital
Based on nominations from the MasterWorks faculty, students are selected to compete for a spot in the MasterWorks Festival Student Honors Recital. Auditions are held the second week of the festival before a panel of faculty judges. The competition is divided into three age groups: high school, college, and post-college. Students are accompanied by a faculty accompanist. The winners are selected to perform the following week in a public concert.
Each summer, the MasterWorks Festival sponsors a concerto competition, and the winners perform with the Festival Orchestra. Students audition and perform only one movement of their selected concerto.
Auditions (with piano accompaniment) for the competition are held the first week of the festival before a panel of faculty judges. Finalists perform for the entire student body. The selected winners will have 1-2 weeks to further prepare before their rehearsals and performance with the orchestra.
The Concerto Competition Repertoire list is posted here. The concerto, movement, and opus number should be clearly marked when submitting your concerto selection. You must also indicate the tempo markings and proposed first round audition segment (approximately 5 minutes in length.) An accompanist will be provided from the piano faculty. Repertoire changes are not permitted once your score has been received by the MasterWorks office.
The Concerto Competition finals will be held on Thursday, June 19 at 8:15 PM.
Final winners will play with the Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday, July 11 at 7:30 PM.
Students of the Vocal Intensive Study Program are invited to participate in the MasterWorks Festival Vocal Competition. The winner performs his or her aria with a festival orchestra.
Appropriate competition selections include any aria from a standard opera or oratorio. When you apply to the festival, mark on page three of the application that you plan to enter the concerto competition. The piano orchestral reduction must be submitted to the MasterWorks Festival Administrator postmarked on or before April 15. The opera/oratorio and aria title should be clearly marked on your selection. An audition accompanist will be provided from the piano faculty. Repertoire changes are not permitted once your score has been received by the MasterWorks office. Upon receipt, you will be notified via email.
Auditions (with piano accompaniment) for the vocal competition are held before a panel of faculty judges the first week of the festival. Vocal Competition Finalists perform for the entire student body on Thursday, June 19 at 8:15 PM. The selected winner will have 1-2
weeks to further prepare before his/her rehearsals and performance with the orchestra on Friday, July 11 at 7:30 PM.
The Concerto and Vocal Competition is limited to 50 students total. The first 50 students to submit their piano accompaniment to the MasterWorks Festival Administrator will have a guaranteed spot and will be notified via email. You must submit your accompaniment by April 15 (postmarked or emailed) and include all above specified information and markings. If you submit your score after the competition has reached full capacity, you will be notified via email.
The competition roster will be set by June 1.