Each year, the Windham Orchestra, an ensemble housed within the Brattleboro Music Center, hosts a concerto competition for high school age musicians, and 2018 marks the 32nd year of this event. The competition is an opportunity for students of all instruments, including voice, to audition for a panel of judges, receive feedback on performance, and then present the work with the Windham Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Hugh Keelan.
In recent years, the Windham Orchestra has performed with local world music ensembles, and Maestro Keelan wishes to continue such explorations. Originally conceived as a competition for musicians of the Western art music tradition, any composition normally accompanied by orchestra may be performed. Contestants may prepare and perform single movements or an entire multi-movement composition.
In addition to the winner’s appearance at a Windham Orchestra concert, an open rehearsal performance opportunity is offered to all contestants. This opportunity to play their piece in public at the Brattleboro River Garden can be of great value to the student who has worked diligently preparing for the competition.
The competition is open to serious instrumental and vocal music students in grades 9 through 12 who live or attend schools in the following counties:
VT: Windsor, Windham, Bennington
NH: Cheshire, Sullivan, Grafton
MA: Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire
Any and all eligible students are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is Monday, April 9th, 2018. No recorded auditions will be accepted. There is a $25 application fee payable by check or credit card.*
The competition itself will be held on Sunday, April 22nd at the Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way, Brattleboro VT 05301
The winner will receive $200 and perform with the Windham Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Hugh Keelan. The Windham Orchestra, founded in 1969, is composed of amateur and professional musicians.
For more information, download the application packet below. This info can also be found at https://bmcvt.org/windham-orchestra-concerto-competition
*If the fee creates a hardship for you, please let us know. Assistance is available.
We are grateful to Douglas Cox, violinmaker, for funding this annual competition.