Competitions

Each student may compete in the quartet competition and one individual competition:

  1. the high school or college solo competition, or
  2. high horn or low horn mock orchestral auditions.

In addition to workshop registration fees, competition fees are $25 for an individual competition. The fee to compete in the quartet competition is $40 per quartet (one quartet member pays for the entire quartet, indicating the names of the other members with the registration).

Common rules for all competitions

Competing students must not have performed professionally under full-time contract, or have been previously offered such employment by virtue of winning a full-time professional audition.

The judges reserve the right not to choose a winner, should the quality of performances merit. The winners of each competition will be offered the opportunity to perform or be recognized at the final concert on Sunday, March 17.

Students may stand or sit to perform. Students are not required to perform from memory. However, students using music must perform from legal printed copies: no photocopies or scanned copies of music are permitted. Students need not supply judges with score copies.

The first rounds are closed to the public, but subsequent rounds may be open for public viewing.

High School Solo Competition

Eligibility

Students entering this competition must be currently enrolled in high school (grades 9–12) or in a home-schooling program and younger than 19 years old on March 15, 2019.

Rules

There is no requirement for an accompanist for the high school solo competition.

Approximate times of performance will be communicated by e-mail to entrants in February.

Parents or guardians may sit in the room during their student’s performance, but may not stay for the performances of other students. The general public will not be invited to observe this competition.

Repertoire

Choose one work from the following list:

  • First movement of any of the four Mozart horn concerti.
  • Richard Strauss. Horn Concerto No. 1, mvt. 1.
  • Franz Strauss. Nocturno.

College Solo Competition

Eligibility

Students entering this competition must be enrolled at a college or university as undergraduate or graduate students, and must not currently hold a teaching position at a college or university (graduate assistantships excepted).

Rules

The first round of the competition is unaccompanied. Auditions slots will be assigned by e-mail in late February and will take place the morning of Friday, March 15, 2019. Performers advancing to the second round will be assigned an accompanist.

Finalists will be accompanied by a staff pianist, but competitors may bring their own accompanist if desired.

Choose one work for each round from the following lists:

Round One Repertoire

Any unaccompanied work for solo horn.

Round Two Repertoire

Choose one work from the following list:

  • First movement of any of the four Mozart horn concerti.
  • Richard Strauss. Horn Concerto No. 1, mvt. 1.
  • Camille Saint-Saëns. Concertpiece, Op. 94.
  • Paul Dukas. Villanelle.

Mock Orchestral Auditions

Eligibility

Students entering this competition must satisfy the requirements for either the high school or college solo competition.

Rules

Audition slots will be assigned via e-mail in late February and will take place the morning of Friday, March 15.

During the audition, students will conform to the excerpted parts available on the stand, which will be taken directly from the orchestral parts for the indicated works.

Performers will be separated from the judges by a screen.

Each entrant should prepare all of the excerpts from either the high horn or low horn audition list.

High Horn Repertoire

Ludwig van Beethoven. Symphony No. 7, Op. 92.
Mvt. 1, Poco sostenuto—Vivace, mm. 86–111, Horn 1.
Johannes Brahms. Symphony No. 1, Op. 68.
Mvt. 2, Andante sostenuto, 1 measure before E to 1 measure after F, Horn 1.
Felix Mendelssohn. Symphony No. 3, Op. 56, “Scottish.”
Mvt. 2, Vivace non troppo, 12 before F to 2 before G, Horn 3.
Dmitri Shostakovich. Symphony No. 5, Op. 47.
Mvt. 1, Moderato—Allegro non troppo, rehearsal 17 to 1 measure after rehearsal 21, Horn 1.
Richard Strauss. Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40.
Beginning to rehearsal 2, Horn 1.
Richard Strauss. Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op. 28.
13 before rehearsal 29 to rehearsal 30, Horn 3.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Symphony No. 5, Op. 64.
Mvt. 2, Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza, mm. 8–28, Horn 1.

Low Horn Repertoire

Ludwig van Beethoven. Symphony No. 3, Op. 55.
Mvt. 3, Trio: Allegro vivace, mm. 171–205, Horn 2.
Ludwig van Beethoven. Symphony No. 9, Op. 125.
Mvt. 3, Adagio molto e cantabile, pickup to measure 83 to measure 99, Horn 4.
Antonín Dvořák. Symphony No. 9, Op. 55, “From the New World.”
Mvt. 3, Scherzo: Molto vivace, 6 measures before rehearsal 3 to rehearsal 4, Horn 4.
Gustav Mahler. Symphony No. 1.
Mvt. 3, Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen, rehearsal 13 to 15, Horn 2.
Felix Mendelssohn. Symphony No. 3, Op. 56, “Scottish.”
Mvt. 2, Adagio cantabile, 12 measures before F to 2 measures before G, Horn 4.
Dmitri Shostakovich. Symphony No. 5, Op. 47.
Mvt. 1, Moderato—Allegro non troppo, rehearsal 17 to 1 measure after rehearsal 21, Horn 4.
Richard Strauss, Don Quixote, Op. 35.
Variations 7 and 8 (rehearsal 57 to 63), Horn 4.

Quartet Competition

Eligibility

Students or avocational players may compete in the quartet competition.

Rules

Audition slots will be assigned via e-mail in late February and will take place the morning of Saturday, March 16.

Each quartet must supply the judges with two photocopied scores of each piece performed.

Repertoire

Each quartet may prepare no more than 15 minutes of music, including changing time between movements and pieces. Any repertoire can be played and contrasting styles are encouraged.