About the Competition...

This competition is open to student instrumentalists (piano, strings, winds, or percussion) under the age of 19 as of February 18, 2018 and a resident of one of the following Virginia counties: Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, King George, Madison, Orange, Prince William, Rappahannock, Stafford, Spotsylvaniq or Warren (or independent cities within those counties). Current PSO student musicians are eligible to enter. Students who have been a first place winner in a previous PSO or PRO Young Artist Competition are NOT eligible to enter.

Required Repertoire: one movement of any instrumental piece composed for solo instrument (piano, strings, winds, or percussion) and orchestra. Entry Deadline: October 10, 2017.

To enter, send a high quality CD (preferably in mp3 forrrat) consisting of the required repertoire played by the instrumentalist with piano accompanimen! plus the audition form, photo/video release form and the $35.00 non-refundable audition fee to Debbie Gilbert, 5118 Laurel Lane, Broad Run, VA 20137 - (Pianists are not required to play with piano accompaniment.) Make checks payable to “Piedmont Symphony Orchestra.” Label CDs with name of instrumentalist, school and title of piece. DO NOT send video recordings.

Make checks payable to Piedmont Symphony Orchetra. Label CDs with name of instrumentalist, school and title of piece. DO NOT send video recordings.

Audition process:
1. Taped auditions will be evaluated and semi-finalists will be chosen. Semi-finalists will be notified by November 1, 2017.
2. Semi-finalists will perform the required repertoire, with accompanist before a panel of judges November 18, 2017. Each semi-finalist must provide his/her own accompanist (except for pianists). Three fmalists will be chosen from this audition.
3. The three finalists will rehearse their repertoire with the PSO, and compete for the Grand Prize, as featured performers with the PSO, in the February 18, 2018 concert at Highland's Center for the Arts, Warrenton, VA. A panel of judges will evaluate the finalists at the concert and award frst, second, and third place prizes.

First Place Grand Prize Winner will receive a $1,500.00 scholarship prize.
Second Place Winner will receive a $750.00 scholarship prize.
Third Place Winner will receive a $500.00 scholarship prize.

Scholarship money will be paid by the PSO directly to the college, summer music program, or other program that will further the education of the winner. Winners are responsible for notifying PSO of the name of the organization and address where the check should be sent.

For additional inforrnation, contact Debbie Gilbert at: 540-347-5761 or by email at jdgilbert99@gmail.com

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