Young musicians compete in concerto contest

Published: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

Area musicians 18 years old and younger are invited to compete in the CSA Sinfonia Concerto Competition. The deadline for applications is Monday. Auditions are scheduled in the Recital Hall of the Northern Illinois University Music Building on Nov. 11 beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The winner of the competition will receive $200 and will perform the concerto with the CSA Sinfonia on March 5 in the Concert Hall of the NIU Music Building. Linc Smelser directs the orchestra, which is a leading regional ensemble of about 50 high school students.

Those competing must live within a 75-miles radius of DeKalb and are expected to perform one movement of a standard solo concerto or an appropriate one-movement composition from memory. Auditions are limited to eight minutes and players are expected to bring their own accompanist.

Since the Concerto Competition began in 2001, there have been 12 winners: Andrew Parsons, Shawn Moore, Jonathan Richards, Hellen Weberpal, Jaime Sachay, Katelyn Kozinski, Autumn Chodorowski, David Petersons, Katie Schulz, Rachel Stenzel, Genevieve Smelser and Serena Harnack.

The NIU Community School of the Arts is an arts organization sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Northern Illinois University. A faculty of about 80 teachers offers ensembles, lessons and classes in music, art and theater. Teachers are NIU faculty and students, as well as community artists.

More information and applications forms are available at or by calling the community school office at 815-753-1450.

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