Eighth Annual Madeline Schatz-Harris Youth Concerto Competition Announced

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The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra will conduct its eighth annual Madeline Schatz-Harris Youth Concerto Competition on Saturday, September 8, 2018. Young woodwind, brass, percussion, and keyboard players from around the state are eligible to enter the competition this year; and string players next year. The venue for this year’s concerto competition will be at a private residence in Kailua-Kona.

During the competition, contestants will perform, by memory, one movement of a piece chosen from standard orchestral repertoire with piano accompaniment. A panel of judges will select one winner from each age category: 12 years and under, 13-15 years, and 16-18 years. The competition winners will perform their solos with the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra during its winter concert “En Pointe Brilliance” on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at 4pm at Kahilu Theatre in Waimea. In addition to performing with the Orchestra, the competition winners will also receive cash rewards.

2017 Youth Concerto Competition contestants with Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Artistic Director and Conductor Brian Dollinger.

Instrumentalists interested in entering the competition should visit the orchestra’s website kamuelaphil.org for further details on specific procedures for entry, and the approved repertoire. Applications for the event, which are due to Kamuela Philharmonic Artistic Director, Brian Dollinger, no later than September 1, 2018, can also be obtained from the website.

Founding Artistic Director, Dr. Madeline Schatz-Harris recognized and admired the talent exhibited by many young music students in Hawai‘i and came up with the idea of holding the yearly concerto competition as a showcase for that talent. Like his predecessor, Maestro Brian Dollinger has a passion for teaching, conducting, and mentoring young students, and has embraced the competition as an opportunity to continue this legacy.

Since the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra is a charitable organization as described in Section 501(c)(3), and part of its mission statement is furthering the musical knowledge of local young people, sponsoring this competition is one way of working to accomplish that goal. Those who wish to contribute to this endeavor, either financially, or in other ways, are encouraged to contact the orchestra either through the website or at P.O. Box 2597, Kamuela, HI 96743.


For More Info

Kamuela Philharmonic Website: http://www.kamuelaphil.org/
Kamuela Philharmonic Concerto Competition Page: http://www.kamuelaphil.org/unstoppable-youth/
Kamuela Philharmonic Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KamuelaPhilharmonicOrchestra/
Kamuela Philharmonic Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kamuela.philharmonic/

Photo Credit: Danny Waddell

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