CSA Sinfonia Concerto Competition applications due October 19

Close-up of a cello and bowNIU’s Community School of the Arts invites musicians ages 18 years and younger to compete in the annual CSA Sinfonia Concerto Competition.

The deadline for applications is Monday, Oct. 19. Auditions are scheduled in the Recital Hall of the NIU Music Building beginning at 5 p.m.Monday, Nov. 16.

The winner receives a $200 cash prize and performs the concerto with the youth orchestra, as a special guest at the Feb. 17, 2016, Sinfonia concert in NIU’s Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. Linc Smelser directs the CSA Sinfonia youth orchestra, which is a leading regional ensemble of about 40 high school students.

Musicians who wish to compete must live within a 75-miles radius of DeKalb. Each competitor will 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 Sinfonia Concerto Competition began in 2001, there have been 14 winners:  Andrew Parsons, Shawn Moore, Jonathan Richards, Hellen Weberpal, Jaime Sachay, Katelyn Kozinski, Autumn Chodorowski, David Petersons, Katie Schulz, Rachel Stenzel, Genevieve Smelser, Serena Harnack, Karisa Chiu and Katherine Gallagher.

The NIU Community School of the Arts is a not-for-profit arts organization sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts. More than 80 teachers conduct ensembles, classes and private lessons in music and art. Teachers include NIU faculty and students, as well as artists and musicians from the local community.

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

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