Symphony Orchestra

About the Competition

The UNCG School of Music Student Artist Competition provides an annual forum for exceptional student performers to audition for the opportunity to appear in concert with the University Symphony Orchestra or the Wind Ensemble. Preliminary rounds typically take place in December, with a final round in January that awards performances on concerts scheduled between the following spring and fall semesters. Two students are normally selected for this honor.

Auditioning

The competition will occur in two rounds:

  1. Preliminary Round, scheduled and administered by performance area (keyboard, voice, woodwind, brass, percussion, and string). Students should talk to their studio teacher and/or area coordinator about specific area requirements.
  2. Final Round, administered by the area of conducting and ensembles, on January 16, 2024 beginning at 2:00 p.m. in Tew Recital Hall. Up to 15 total auditionees, selected during preliminaries, will advance to perform in the final round.  The finals are open to the public.

Guidelines

COMPETITION PHILOSOPHY AND FORMAT

The philosophy of the Student Artist Competition is:

  1. To offer students the opportunity to appear as soloists with orchestra in the performance of full or partial concerti, arias and other short works on regularly scheduled concerts of the University Symphony Orchestra.
  2. To present outstanding School of Music students to the public.

The competition will occur in two rounds:

  1. The Preliminary Round, scheduled and administered by the keyboard, woodwind, voice, brass and percussion, and strings areas. Students should talk to their studio teacher and/or area coordinator about specific area requirements.
  2. The Final Round, on January 16, 2024, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Up to 15 total auditionees, selected during the preliminary round, will advance to perform in the finals.

PRELIMINARY ROUND

  • Scheduled by individual areas (keyboard, voice, woodwind, brass/percussion, string), must be completed no later than December 8, 2023.
  • Memorization is at the discretion of each individual area.
  • Performance proficiency requirement is at the discretion of each individual area.
  • No more that 3 students from any area will be advanced to the finals.

3 Keyboard                   3 Voice
3 Woodwind                 3 Brass and Percussion                3 Strings

  • The format for the preliminary round and criteria for advancing students to the final round is at the discretion of each individual area.
  • Each area will independently determine if they desire a balance between graduate and undergraduate representatives in the final round.
  • Repertoire must be approved by the conductor (Dr. Kim or Dr. Caldwell) before the students enter the preliminary round.

FINAL ROUND

  • Tuesday, January 16, 2024, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in Tew Recital Hall
  • Advertised and open to the public
  • Students will perform for up to 15 minutes in order to present complete works or movements, or samples of multiple movements.
  • Limited to a total of 15 participating students, representing their respective areas.

FINAL ROUND GUIDELINES, RULES, AND INFORMATION

  1. The audition order will be determined at random, so finalists must be available for the entire block of time. Exceptions may be made due to extenuating circumstances. Special requests for times must be communicated to the conductor by the application deadline.
  2. If available in the UNCG music library, an orchestral score should be provided.
  3. Each performer and accompanist should report to the audition site at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled audition time. Performers should dress appropriately.
  4. If a soloist or accompanist is late the audition will be cancelled and the next performer will be called. Rescheduling the audition is at the discretion of the audition committee.
  5. If the chosen work is longer than the audition time allows, the finalist may select to perform a portion of the work as a whole, or excerpts from the entire piece.
  6. Vocalists may choose repertoire from either literature designed for concert performance with orchestra, or operatic arias. Selection of repertoire should be done in consultation with the studio professor.
  7. A soloist may win a performing slot only once during his/her career at UNCG.
  8. An impartial committee will serve as adjudicators. The conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra will serve as an advisor to the committee.

REPERTOIRE SELECTION

Repertoire must be approved by the conductor (Dr. Kim or Dr. Caldwell) before the students enter the preliminary round. If a student wins a performance slot with a piece that is impractical for the orchestra or wind ensemble to perform, or that has been performed by the orchestra within the past 3 years, he/she may be asked to perform an alternate work. Due to programming considerations, winners may be asked to perform more or less of a given work (i.e. one movement of a multi-movement work). Pieces may not be more than 20 minutes in duration. The conductor of the work may or may not be the faculty conductor of the orchestra. The conductor, in consultation with the student and studio teacher, will make final programming decisions.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULING

A total of two winners will be selected from the Final Round. In an effort to maximize the educational experience for students enrolled in the Symphony Orchestra or Wind Ensemble and competition winners, one performance will be scheduled for April 2024 and the other during Fall 2024. Graduating students will be given scheduling preference for the April concert.

ORCHESTRA REHEARSALS

Monday/Wednesday: 2:00–3:40 p.m., Room 111

APRIL CONCERT

Dress rehearsal: April 24, 2:00–3:40 p.m.
Concert: April 24, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium



Recent Student Artist Competition Winners

2023

Daniel Garcia, clarinet
Nielsen – Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, op. 57
Student of Drs. Anthony Taylor and Andy Hudson

Tyler Reece, double bass
Martin – Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra
Student of Prof. Craig Brown

2022

Lucas Gianini, clarinet
Zare – Bennu’s Fire
Student of Drs. Anthony Taylor and Andy Hudson

Clare Griffin, soprano
Handel – “Da tempeste il legno infranto” from Giulio Cesare
Student of Dr. Carla LeFevre

Kyrese Washington
Nielsen – Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, FS 119
Student of Dr. Erika Boysen

2020

Suzanne Polak, piano
Shostakovich – Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, op. 102
Student of Dr. James Douglass

Sydney Scherer, flute
Daugherty – Trail of Tears
Student of Dr. Erika Boysen

2019

Lilla Keith, sropano
Debussy – “Azaël! Azaël! Pourquoi m’as-tu quitte” from L’enfant prodigue
Student of Dr. Carla LeFevre

Akiko Yamazaki, piano
Saint-Saëns – Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22
Student of Dr. John Salmon

2018

Alex Whitehead, clarinet
Debussy – Premiere Rhapsodie
Student of Dr. Anthony Taylor

Jacob Warren, saxophone
Creston – Concerto for Alto Saxophone
Student of Dr. Steven Stusek

2017

Ekin Ustunel, piano (MM)
Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, mvt. 1
Student of Dr. Andrew Willis

Isaac Pyatt, marimba (junior)
Abe – Prism Rhapsody
Student of Dr. Eric Willie

2016

Elena Flores, soprano (MM)
Grand Prize Winner
Donizetti – “O Luce di Quest’anima” from Linda di Chamoanix
Student of Prof. Clara O’Brien

Emily Loboda, saxophone (DMA)
Creston – Concerto for Alto Saxophone
Student of Dr. Steven Stusek

Colin McDearman, piano (MM)
Mendelssohn – Capriccio Brillant
Student of Dr. Andrew Willis

2015

Kelsey Paquin, clarinet (MM)
Grand Prize Winner
McAllister – Black Dog
Student of Dr. Anthony Taylor and Dr. Kelly Burke

Lydia Pion, soprano (senior)
Dvorák – “Song to the Moon” from Rusalka
Student of Clara O’Brien

Mengfei Xu, piano (DMA)
Rachmaninoff – Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini
Student of Dr. Andrew Willis

2014

William Hueholt, piano (sophomore)
Grand Prize Winner
Prokofiev – Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, op. 16
Student of Dr. Joseph DiPiazza

Justin Worley, tuba (DMA)
Strauss – Concerto No. 1 in E-flat, op. 11
Student of Dr. Dennis AsKew

Jessica Johnson, mezzo-soprano (MM)
Ravel – “Asie” from Shéhérazade
Student of Dr. Robert Bracey

2013

Mark Cramer, clarinet (DMA)
Grand Prize Winner
Debussy – Premiere Rhapsodie
student of Dr. Anthony Taylor

Jeremy Harris, piano (senior)
Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Mvt. I
Student of Dr. John Salmon

Jourdan Laine Howell, soprano (MM)
Weber – “Eist traumte menier sel’gen Base” from Der Freischutz
student of Dr. Robert Wells

2012

Anna Darnell, clarinet (junior)
Grand Prize Winner
Ticheli – Clarinet Concerto
Student of Dr. Anthony Taylor

Xin Gao, saxophone (DMA)
Peck – The Upward Stream
Student of Dr. Steven Stusek

Ryan Silvestri, violin (MM)
Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto
Student of Prof. Marjorie Bagley

2011

Jason Wallace, saxophone (DMA)
Grand Prize Winner
Williams – Escapades for Saxophone and Orchestra
Student of Dr. Steven Stusek

Michelle Ayres, soprano (DMA)
Beethoven – “Ah! Perfido”
Student of Prof. Clara O’Brien

Stephanie Greco, violin (MM)
Shostakovich – Violin Concerto
Student of Prof. Marjorie Bagley

2010

Wei Jiao, piano – (DMA)
Grand Prize Winner
Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 1
Student of Dr. Andrew Willis

Joann Martinson, soprano (MM)
Bernstein – “Glitter and Be Gay” from Candide
Student of Dr. Robert Bracey

Julie Smith, flute (MM)
Nielsen – Flute Concerto
Student of Dr. Deborah Egekvist

Cicilia Yudha, piano (DMA)
Ravel – Piano Concerto in G
Student of Dr. John Salmon