Competitions

The 2022 Southeast Horn Workshop offers the following competitions:

  1. Solo competitions – high school or college
  2. Mock orchestral auditions – high horn or low horn
  3. Horn quartet competition
  4. Horn Choir competition

In addition to workshop registration fees, competition fees are $14.99 for unlimited individual competitions. The fee to compete in the quartet competition is $4.99 per person ($19.96 total per quartet). Each quartet member must individually pay both the registration fee and competition fee for the quartet to be eligible to compete.

Common rules for all competitions

  • Competitors 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.
  • Performers may stand or sit to perform. Students are not required to perform from memory.
  • The judges reserve the right not to choose a winner, should the quality of performances merit. The winners of each competition will be recognized at the final concert on Sunday, March 13.
  • 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 11, 2022.

Rules

  • The preliminary round features unaccompanied repertoire. For the final round, piano accompaniment is required; a UNCG staff accompanist will be provided, if necessary.
  • Students must perform from legally acquired music.
  • 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.
  • The winner of this competition will be invited to play in a master class with Julia Pilant.
  • Choose one work for each round from the following lists.

Repertoire

Preliminary round

Malcolm Arnold, Fantasy for horn.
Pamela Marshall, Colored Leaves

Final round

Andrea Clearfield, Songs of the Wolf.
Movement 1.
W. A. Mozart, Horn Concerto No. 2, K. 417.
Movement 1.
Richard Strauss, Horn Concerto No. 1.
Movement 1.

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 preliminary round will be performed unaccompanied, even for repertoire written with accompaniment. For the final round, piano accompaniment is required, if applicable to the repertoire; a UNCG staff accompanist will be provided, if necessary.
  • Students must perform from legally acquired music.
  • The winner of this competition will be invited to play in a master class with Julia Pilant.
  • Choose one work for each round from the following lists.

Repertoire

Preliminary round

Eugène Bozza, En Forêt.
Erika Raum, Confessions of Saint Augustine
Movement 1.
Jane Vignery, Sonata for horn and piano, Op. 7.
Movement 1.

Final round

Sigurd Berge, Horn-Lokk.
Catherine Likhuta, Vivid Dreams for low horn and piano.
Usamah Mustafa, Evening Reveries for horn and piano.

Mock Orchestral Auditions

Eligibility

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

Rules

  • A PDF of excerpts will be sent after registration is paid.
  • 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.
  • The winners of this competition will be invited to play in a master class with Julia Pilant.
  • Each entrant should prepare all of the excerpts from either the high horn or low horn audition list.

High Horn Repertoire

Margaret Bonds, The Montgomery Variations for Symphony Orchestra.
Mvt. 3, mm. 5570, Horn 1 (in F,  = 100).
Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 2, Op. 73.
Mvt. 1, mm. 438477, Horn 1 (in D).
Anton Bruckner, Symphony No. 4.
Mvt. 1, mm. 151 (beginning to [A]), Horn 1 (in F).
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Petit Suite de Concert.
No. 2, “Demande et réponse,” mm. 1830, Horn 1 (in F,  = 60).
Felix Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 3.
Mvt. 2, mm. 3367, Horn 3 (in F,  = 126).
Julia Perry, Short Piece for Orchestra.
Andante lento, mm. 4550, Horn 1 (in F,  = 80).
Meno mosso, mm. 111123, Horn 1 (in F,  = 108).
Richard Strauss, Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche, Op. 28.
Beginning to [1], Horn 1 (in F).
Igor Stravinsky, Firebird Suite.
Finale: Lento maestoso, [11][12], Horn 1 (in F, 𝅗𝅥‌ = 54).

Low Horn Repertoire

Amy Beach, Symphony in E minor, “Gaelic.”
Mvt. 3, [G]6 measure before [I], Horn 4 (in F,  = 72).
Ludwig van Beethoven, Fidelio Overture.
Mm. 4555, Horn 2 (in E).
Margaret Bonds, The Montgomery Variations for Symphony Orchestra.
Mvt. 3, mm. 5570, Horn 2 (in F,  = 100).
Duke Ellington, Giggling Rapids.
Mm. 1742, Horn 2 (in F, 𝅗𝅥𝅭 = 70).
Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 1.
Mvt. 3, mm. 113132 ([13][15]), Horn 2 (in F).
Dmitri Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5, Op. 47.
Mvt. 1, [17][21], Horn 1 (in F,  = 92).
Alice Mary Smith, Symphony in C minor.
Mvt. 3, mm. 115, Horn 2 (in E♭, ♩𝅭 = 100).
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4, Op. 36.
Mvt. 1, mm. 120 (beginning to 6 measures after [A]), Horn 2 (in F).

Quartet Competition

Eligibility

Students or avocational players may compete in the quartet competition.

Rules

  • 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. Repertoire chosen must include at least one composer of an underrepresented group, such as women, persons of African or indigenous North or South American descent, or persons of Hispanic or Latinx ethnicity.

Horn Choir Competition

Rules

  • The Horn Choir competition will be held in two rounds.
  • The first round will be a recording submission of musical selection(s) 12–15 minutes in length. Please email submissions to to Abigail Pack by March 1. These submissions will be ranked by a panel of judges. Of these submissions, four groups will be selected to compete in the final round, which will be live and in person at UNCG.
  • The final round must consist of work(s) at least 10 minutes in length, but not exceeding 15 minutes, including the time it takes between movements and setup, etc. The winning group will have the opportunity to perform on the final concert, Sunday, March 13th!