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Anne Arundel 100

Seeking Talented High School Musicians

Written by Barbara Geehan

The popular River Concert Series held every summer on the grounds of St. Mary’s College of Maryland in St. Mary’s City, in partnership with the St. Mary’s County Arts Council, announces the first annual Concerto Competition for advanced high school musicians. Open to talented high school students from across the nation, the competition’s winner will have a solo appearance with the esteemed Chesapeake Orchestra during the 2010 River Concert Series and a scholarship of $1,000; second prize is $500.

“Every generation has to ensure the viability of the next,” says Jeffrey Silberschlag, River Concert Series and Chesapeake Orchestra music director, explaining the creation of this new musical opportunity. “We continue to do that on many different levels at St Mary’s College. The opportunity to play with a fine professional orchestra, and to an audience of thousands, was another aspect of discovering, nurturing, and promoting talented young people that we see as an important facet of our endeavor. The timing is right for this new undertaking.”

High school students enrolled in public or private schools, or registered home-schooled students, may apply. This year’s applicants must play a string, woodwind, or brass instrument. Piano and percussion will be added for the 2011 competition.

The competition will include taped and live rounds. Applicants must submit a CD of a single unedited movement of a major concerto with an accompanist. Winning tapes will then get to audition live.

Note deadlines: Audition tapes and supporting material must be received by December 16, 2009. Applicants who advance to the live finals January 29-30, 2010, will be notified before December 24. For information and an application, go to; questions, contact David Froom at

The River Concert Series, which already has begun preparation for its 12th annual year of summer evening entertainment, has become a cornerstone of the growing arts activities at St. Mary’s College and throughout 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 Silberschlag and renowned guest artists. Concerts are free and open to the public.