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2018 Young Artist Auditions

The Clinton Symphony Orchestra’s annual Young Artist Auditions will be held Saturday morning, January 13, 2018.  Student musicians in grades 9 through 12 are eligible to participate.  One student will be invited to perform his/her piece on the Symphony’s concert February 24, 2018, at Morrison High School Auditorium accompanied by the Orchestra.  Each student who auditions will receive a personal performance evaluation from a panel of adjudicators from the Symphony.

The auditions are a part of the Symphony’s ongoing commitment to youth, and a recognition of the excellent music education available in our service area.  Entrants must be residents of either Clinton or Jackson counties in Iowa, or Whiteside or Carroll counties in Illinois.

The auditions are open to young performers in piano, strings, voice, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Entrants must audition with a composition intended for performance with orchestra accompaniment, and for which orchestra accompaniment parts are obtainable – perhaps an aria or a movement from a concerto – and which does not exceed 15 minutes in length.  Entrants provide their own accompanist for the audition. The student invited to perform on the concert will receive a $250 award, and an alternate will receive $100 from the Symphony.

Entry forms are available from high school music teachers and private studio teachers or from the Symphony, and must be received by January 9, 2018.  Please contact Executive Director Robert Whipple with any questions about eligibility, audition scheduling, or selection of an appropriate audition/performance piece.

Past participants have gone on to become prominent music teachers, performers, and conductors, as well as leaders in many other professions. Those auditioning this year will be a special part of that succession.

Recent Young Artist Soloists with the Symphony

2018 – Grace Rowland, Clinton – flute      William Hicks, Clinton – bassoon

2017 – Allison Houldson, Morrison – soprano

2016 – Cody Lund, Sterling – violin

2015 – Alice Lind, Clinton – soprano    Colleen Elfline, Morrison – saxophone

2014 – Cyrus Colah, Clinton – piano

2013 – Benjamin Rogers, Savanna – tuba     Taylor Hicks, Clinton – Tuba

2012 – Alexandria Weets, Morrison – saxophone

2011 – Heather Elfline, Morrison – flute

2010 – Dillon Schuneman, Sterling – piano

2009 – Johnny Kermott, Sterling – violin     David Olsen, Fulton – marimba

2008 – Matthew Hulteen, Sterling – saxophone