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2nd Annual Concerto Competition Looking for High School Musicians

Winner Performs with Chesapeake Orchestra
November 2, 2010
Press Release #10-201


Talented high school musicians will compete for a cash prize and a chance to perform at the popular River Concert Series held every summer on the grounds of St. Mary's College of Maryland. The second annual Young Artist Concerto Competition is open to students who play a string, woodwind, or brass instrument. The competition's winners will play with the Chesapeake Orchestra under the direction of Jeffrey Silberschlag during the 2011 River Concert Series and receive $1,000 for first prize and $500 for second. Audition tapes and supporting material are due December 17.  For more information and an application, go to; questions, contact Michael Adams at

High school students enrolled in public or private schools, or registered home schooled students, may apply. Co-winners of last year's competition were bassist Nina DeCesare of St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, Maryland, and violinist Brian Hong, who attends Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax County, Virginia. Runner-up honors went to euphophonist Ian Chaava.

The competition will include taped and live rounds.  Applicants must submit a CD recording presenting a single unedited movement of a major concerto, or similar, with accompanist. The applicants who advance to live audition will need to be prepared to perform the full concerto. 

The River Concert Series, which already has begun preparation for its 13th year of summer evening entertainment, has become a cornerstone of growing arts activities at St. Mary's College and throughout the St. Mary's County. The goal of the series is to assist in cultivating a cultural tourist destination by organizing arts and historical offerings. The Friday evening outdoor concerts feature the Chesapeake Orchestra under the direction of Jeffrey Silberschlag and renowned guest artists.  Concerts are free and open to the public.

St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best public liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. More than 2,000 students attend the college, nestled on the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland.

Category: Music