Competition Open to SUNY Orange Students and Orange County High School Students

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – The SUNY Orange Community Orchestra is conducting its 11th annual Concerto/Aria Competition and once again is offering talented young local musicians the opportunity to perform as soloists for the orchestra’s Feb. 23 concert at Middletown’s historic Paramount Theatre.

SUNY Orange students, as well as Orange County high school students, are invited to enter the contest, designed to provide a featured musical performance opportunity for outstanding young instrumentalists and vocalists from within Orange County.

A panel comprised of music faculty from SUNY Orange, as well as professional musicians from the Hudson Valley, will judge auditions for the instrumentalists and vocalists in the College’s Orange Hall Theatre from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. The application deadline is Dec. 7.

Interested musicians may acquire applications and information from their high school band, orchestra or chorus teacher, by contacting the College’s Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4787, or via email from Dr. Hilarie Clark Moore, SUNY Orange Community Orchestra conductor.

Instrumentalists may perform a single movement from a concerto or multiple movements. Vocalists may prepare an aria or multiple arias. The length of the performance piece should be approximately 10-20 minutes. Music composed by the 1850s will be accepted as long as it has a published and available orchestral accompaniment. Literature composed after the 1850s will also be considered, but needs prior approval by Moore. All applicants must be accompanied by a piano accompanist.

Past winners of the contest include Sarah Tusch, Valentina Ponochovnaya, George Courtsunis, Radhika Shah, Lucie Jaronowski, Tim Takagi, Clare Herceg, Emily Moore, Rachel Conklin, James Rose, Stephen Gorgone, Justin Randolph, Kaitlyn Mesic, Erica Moore, Ashley Heilweil, Audrey Zybura, Eric Bjorkman and Michael Kolb.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940