Auditions planned for CSA Sinfonia competition

Glen Ellyn violinist Serena Harnack was the 2012 Concerto Competition winner.

Glen Ellyn violinist Serena Harnack won
the 2012 Concerto Competition.

Area musicians ages 18 and younger are invited to compete in the CSA Sinfonia Concerto Competition.

The deadline for applications is Monday, Oct. 21. Auditions are scheduled in the Recital Hall of the NIU Music Building, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11.

The winner of the competition receives $200 and performs the concerto March 5, 2014, with the CSA Sinfonia in the Concert Hall of the NIU Music Building. Linc Smelser directs the orchestra, which is a leading regional ensemble of about 50 high school students.

Those competing must live within a 75-mile radius of DeKalb and are expected to perform one movement of a standard solo concerto or an appropriate one-movement composition from memory. Auditions are limited to eight minutes, and players are expected to bring their own accompanist.

Since the Concerto Competition began in 2001, there have been 12 winners: Andrew Parsons, Shawn Moore, Jonathan Richards, Hellen Weberpal, Jaime Sachay, Katelyn Kozinski, Autumn Chodorowski, David Petersons, Katie Schulz, Rachel Stenzel, Genevieve Smelser and Serena Harnack.

The NIU Community School of the Arts is an arts organization sponsored by the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts. A faculty of about 80 teachers offers ensembles, lessons and classes in music, art and theater. Teachers are NIU faculty and students as well as community artists.

For more information, call (815) 753-1450.

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