Wednesday November 21, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- The Windham Orchestra announce that auditions for its 27th Annual Concerto Competition will be held on Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Brattleboro Music Center, 38 Walnut St.

The concerto competition is open to serious music students, in grades 9 through 12, who live in Windsor, Windham and Bennington counties in Vermont; Cheshire, Sullivan and Grafton counties in New Hampshire; and Berkshire, Franklin and Hampshire counties in Massachusetts.

Contestants may play any concerto (or other accompanied solo piece) within the limits of the following orchestration: strings, two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba and timpani.

All auditions must be accompanied and entrants must provide their own accompanist. Students may play one or more movements, but audition time will be limited to 10 minutes. An audition time will be set, once the application is received.

The Concerto Competition winner will receive $200 and the opportunity to perform with the Windham Orchestra, under the direction of Hugh Keelan, on Thursday, March 21, and Sunday, March 24.

Brattleboro violinmaker Douglas Cox has funded the Windham Orchestra’s Annual Concerto Competition since its inception 27 years ago (www.coxviolins.com).

Applications must be received, with a $25 application fee, on or before Jan. 28, 2013. Download an application at www.windhamorchestra.org.

For more information, contact Competition Coordinator Karen Bressett with any questions at info@bmcvt.org or by calling the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523.