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Each year the ISO sponsors a "Young Performers Competition" in which music students across Long Island vie for the opportunity for a scholarship award and to perform a full classical concerto as a soloist with the orchestra.
This competition provides young musicians with much needed experience that prepares them for the challenges of a future career in music. Since this program began, the ISO has granted more than 25 performance opportunities to our First and Second Prize winners.
The competition typically opens in September and applications will be accepted for a specified window to November/December. Finalists are selected and auditions are conducted in January of the following year, with a winner selected shortly thereafter. The performance opportunity for the winner will generally occur in May at the ISO's annual spring concert.
Watch here for further information about the next competition's call for entries in September 2018.
Our continued thanks to Mr. Peter Horvath for generously underwriting the scholarships awarded to our competition winners.
Winner of our 2018 Young Performers Competition
Anthony ("AJ") LaBarca
COMPETITION RULES and GUIDELINES=
The ISO Young Performers Competition is open to all instrumentalists, 18 years old or younger, currently residing in Nassau or Suffolk Counties and studying with a private teacher.
To apply, the following application materials must be submitted to us electronically. CLICK ON THE SUBMISSION LINK ABOVE TO BEGIN THE APPLICATION PROCESS:
1. A completed ONLINE application form (available once you click the link to submit your application above). You will be asked for your name, age, address, email address, phone number, the title of the work you would like to perform in concert with us, any alternative works you might be ready to play, should your first choice not be appropriate to our needs, and a short biography of your musical training and background.
2. An audio recording of you, performing an entire movement from the work you wish to play,
with accompaniment. This submission (in mp3 file format) must be attached to your online application.
All works must be for soloist and orchestra.
Works for solo instrument alone or soloist and piano are not acceptable.
EXCERPTS or SINGLE MOVEMENTS from multi-movement works ARE NOT acceptable.
Video submissions are not acceptable.
(Please contact us if you encounter technical difficulties in submitting your audio file online.)
3. A confidential letter of recommendation from your current private music teacher (Hard copy only--this letter should be sent within 2 weeks of submitting your online application materials).
Island Symphony Orchestra
Young Performers’ Competition
P.O. Box 2185
Brentwood, NY 11717
Deadline: December 1, 2018
All winners are expected to play a complete work at a concert scheduled for Sunday, June 2, 2019.
Finalists will be selected by a committee of orchestra members and contacted in late 2018/early 2019.
Live auditions will be scheduled in January 2019, and the winners announced by February 2019.
Cash scholarship awards will be presented at the June public concert performance only.
All submissions become the property of the ISO and will not be returned.
Previous First Prize winners are ineligible to reapply.
Please contact us at competition@IslandSymphony.org