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The Annual Young Artist Competition

February 20, 2021

Due to Covid restrictions, the instrumentation of the WVU Orchestra will be limited to strings, percussion, piano and harp next semester.  There will be NO winds in the orchestra.  Since the orchestra is rehearsing on the Clay Theater stage this year, and because this is a shared space with the entire college, it is impossible to have an entire concert devoted to Young Artist winners this year.  Dr. Ibrahim will invite one Young Artist winner to perform on the orchestra’s final concert, held April 29, 2021.

This competition will be organized and adjudicated as usual, and all the rules about level numbers, music availability, etc. will still apply.  The orchestra has moved to a new schedule, rehearsing Tuesday and Thursday beginning at 4:00pm and Wednesdays beginning at 5:00pm.  It is a requirement that the winner be available to rehearse during those times.  This is a very “unique” year, and the judges reserve the right to not award a YA winner if no contestant meets the usual standard of performance.


ELIGIBILITY:  Competition limited to full-time junior or senior music majors (those who have completed at least 59 hours as of the end of this Fall Semester) and full-time graduate students in music; students must be currently enrolled and studying applied music with a member of the School of Music faculty; students must be at performance level 8 1/2 or above at the time of the competition.  Soloists in last year’s Young Artists’ Concert are ineligible.  Students may enter only once per year.  Final approval of students entering the competition will come from each student’s Area Coordinator following the December jury.


JUDGES:  To be selected; one faculty member will be chosen from each of the following areas:  voice, keyboard, strings, woodwinds, brass-percussion, music education, music history, music theory; and possibly an Emeritus faculty member.


AWARDS:  Dr. Ibrahim will invite one Young Artist winner to perform on the orchestra’s final concert, held April 29, 2021.

Students contemplating entering the competition should select the music they wish to perform, with the approval of their applied music teacher, with the intent of performing it both for the competition and the concert.  At least an entire movement must be prepared.  Before students are eligible to compete, they must receive the consent of the conductor of the organization that would play the accompaniment.  Students must confirm the availability of the performance material; such  availability must be established by each competitor, personally, for a month to six weeks by written verification from the firm through which the accompaniment will be secured, INDICATING AVAILABILITY FOR GIVEN DATES AND RENTAL COST .


Addresses of such firms are available from the conductors of the organizations.   

NOTE:  The length of each winner’s performance is limited to a maximum of 25 minutes.  For the Young Artists Concert, winners must perform the movement(s) in their entirety, without cuts (unless traditional, or authorized by the composer).  

Performers will be limited to 10 minutes with cuts allowed in the competition in February. The competition will be open to the public.

Students wishing to enter the competition must submit the application form to Jodie Lewis in room 4103 by 4:00pm, February 15, 2021.  Applications are available here or from your applied teacher.


Best wishes to all participants.

Michael Ibrahim, Director