The Sault Symphony Association presented its 11th Young Artists’ Competition on Saturday, May 5 at St. Luke’s Cathedral at 160 Brock St. from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m. Invited to participate were the best of the senior-level students in the area who are aged 21 and under to enter and showcase their talents to their peers, their family and friends, and, of course, the adjudicators. The competition was open to the public, with admission at the door by silver donation.
Back Row, from left: Louise Stephens (Adjudicator - Sault Ste. Marie) and Marie Ng-Au (Adjudicator - Sudbury)
Middle Row, from left: Rebecca McCauley (Voice), Carrie Berkompas (Voice), Melanie Case (Voice,) and Maggie Andersen (Voice)
Front Row, from left: Nicholas Ross (Adjudicator - Sudbury), Victoria Jones (Violin), Claryssa Webb (Violin), Hannah Nicoletta (Violin and Piano), Benjamin Gulder (Violin), and Matthew Wilkinson (Violin)
Terms & Conditions
In registering for the Young Artists’ Competition, contestants agree to the following terms and conditions:
1. There is an entry fee of $25.00 Cdn/U.S. for this competition. Students wishing to compete in more than one discipline must complete a separate application form and pay separate entry fees for each discipline. Additional applications may be picked up at the Sault Symphony office, and are also available via email by request. The deadline for submitting applications and paying the entry fee is Monday, April 23, 2012.
2. A minimum of 6 contestants is required for the competition each year; if fewer than 6 students apply in a given year, the competition will be cancelled. Contestants will be notified of the cancellation by phone and/or by mail, and the entry fee(s) will be reimbursed.
3. Students must meet the following eligibility criteria to participate in the competition:
a) Contestants must be 21 years of age or younger as of the date of the competition
b) Contestants must be living and/or studying in Ontario’s Algoma District or
in Michigan’s Tri-County area
c) Contestants must be at an advanced level of study/performance
d) Contestants must be an orchestral instrumentalist, or a guitar, piano and/or
e) Instrumentalists should perform 1 movement in a fast tempo or
movements contrasting in tempi, with instrumental accompaniment,
and must not exceed 20 minutes in length
f) Vocalists must perform 3 pieces in contrasting styles, including at least one
example that is not in English, with instrumental accompaniment, and must
not exceed 20 minutes in length
4. Concerto-type works performed by more than one student will be allowed; all music should be memorized.
5. A student placing first in the competition for two consecutive years will be ineligible to compete in the next year in the same discipline.
6. Three adjudicators, representing a wide range of music skills and knowledge, will evaluate all of the competitors. One adjudicator will be local, while the other two will be from out of town.
7. The first place prize will be $500.00, and includes the opportunity to perform with the Sault Symphony Orchestra at a future concert (date to be determined). The second place winner will receive $300.00, with two honourable mentions each receiving $100.00. All prizes will be in Canadian funds.
8. The Sault Symphony Young Artists’ Committee reserves the right to:
a) Not award prizes if students have not demonstrated sufficient skill to
merit the award
b) Choose the date of the winner’s future performance with the Orchestra
c) Make final determination on a suitable piece to be performed with the Orchestra
9. Parents and friends of all contestants are welcome to attend; entrance is by silver donation.
10. The Sault Symphony Association assumes no responsibility for any extraordinary costs incurred in entering the competition, or in the first place winner’s performance with the Sault Symphony Orchestra, including, but not limited to, travel, instrument rentals, tuning, or special music rentals.
This event was introduced in 1999 as The Young Artists’ Concerto Competition. It was later renamed The Young Artists’ Competition to reflect some important changes to the rules and regulations, as students, although required to be at an advanced level of instruction, are no longer required to perform concerto movements.
Past winners include:
1999: Sheldon Jaaskelainen
2000: Christopher Morano
2001: Christopher Jaaskelainen
2002: Christine Aceti
2003: Sheldon Jaaskelainen
2004: David Miller
2005: Amanda Nelli
2006: Samantha Mosher (co-winner); Sarah Cole (co-winner)
2008: Leah Dominy
2010: Leah Dominy
2012: Victoria Jones