Young Performers Competition
Competition Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2022
(late afternoon and early evening)
Official Rules and Regulations
The goal of the St. Cloud Symphony’s Young Performers Competition istoprovide talented young musicians in central Minnesota with an opportunity to compete for scholarship awards, receive written feedback from a panel of distinguished judges, and perform for family and friends on the Honors Concert. The Grand Prize winner will perform as soloist with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra.
Each winner will receive a $400 scholarship to be applied to tuition or the further study of music. In addition to receiving a scholarship, the Grand Prize Winner will perform as soloist with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra on April 23, 2022 in Ritsche Auditorium at St. Cloud State University.
1. The competition is open to student musicians who are enrolled in an educational institution or studying music with a professional teacher, and who have not previously been awarded the Grand Prize (performed as soloist with the SCSO).
2. Contestants will compete in one of two divisions:
School Age Division – Grades 7-12
College Age Division – Undergraduate
3. School Age Division students must reside in one of the following counties: Benton, Sherburne, Wright, Meeker, Kandiyohi, Pope, Stevens, Douglas, Todd, Morrison, Cass, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs, Kanabec, Isanti, or Stearns. College Age Division contestants must be enrolled in an institution located within those counties, or have a permanent address therein.
4. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
School Age Division: Piano
School Age Division: Brass, Woodwind, String, Percussion and Vocal
College Age Division: Piano
College Age Division: Brass, Woodwind, String, Percussion and Vocal
5. Eligible concerto movements must not exceed 15 minutes in length, and orchestra parts must be readily available.
1. All applications and fees must be received by January 26, 2022. Applications must include a $25 application fee, which is non-refundable. The competition will be held in the Ruth Gant Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center at St. Cloud State University and will be open to the public. Winner(s) will be announced the day after the competition.
2. Each contestant will present a concerto movement that they are prepared to perform with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra. All movements submitted as an entry (including cadenzas) must be prepared in their entirety, although the actual competition auditions will be limited to 8 minutes. Necessary cuts should be made carefully so that the judges have the opportunity to evaluate the most important segments. If the entry represents two movements, both movements must be represented in the audition.
3. All contestants (including pianists) must perform the audition with an accompanist, at their own expense. Two pianos will be provided at the audition site.
4. Contestants must provide the panel of judges with 3 copies of the music score of the prepared concerto movement. Memorization is strongly recommended but not required.
1. A panel of judges will select winners in each category to receive scholarships and perform on the Honors Concert.
2. The Grand Prize Winner will be chosen in consultation with Artistic Director candidate Hisham Groover. Artistic, logistic, and financial considerations of the orchestra will be taken into consideration. All decisions are final.
The judges will select participants whose musicianship displays a readiness for a formal concert setting to perform in the Honors Concert. The Honors Concert will be Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 7:30 pm in Ruth Gant Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center at St. Cloud State University.
Grand Prize Winner
The Grand Prize winner(s), if any, must be available to perform with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra on April 23, 2022 at 7:30PM at Ritsche Auditorium, and will attend rehearsals as agreed upon between the winner and the conductor, Hisham Groover.
If you have questions, need more information, or if financial concerns make the application fee a problem, please contact Lucia Magney at 320-252-7276 or Lmagney@stcloudsymphony.com.
2021 SCSO Young Performers Scholarship Competition Scholarship Winners
Kallen Hanzsek-Brill, Oboe
Eleanor Melton, Piano
Carter Scheele, Viola
Thomas Stang, Piano
Kallen Hanzsek-Brill is 16 years old and a junior at St. Cloud Apollo High School. He has been studying the oboe under Brendon Bushman for the last two years and playing the oboe in the Symphonic Band and the saxophone in the Jazz Band at Apollo under the direction of George Zahn. Kallen is captain of the boys’ swim team, a member of the cross country team, treasurer of the National Honor Society, and is involved in community service through the Young People’s Collective. He plans on continued study with the oboe throughout high school and college.
Thomas Stang is a 14-year-old homeschooler. He began taking piano lessons at the age of 6. At the age of 9, he began studying with Dr. Paul Wirth and currently studies with Dr. Chris Weldon. He enjoys fishing, skiing, mechanical engineering, and wood working. He plans to attend college and earn a degree in music studies.
Carter Scheele studies viola with David Arnott and will be graduating from Saint John’s University this May. Carter began his musical experience as a violin student of Kara Mather, and within a few years began dabbling with the viola. Carter later studied violin and viola with Steve Eckblad, and at age seventeen became a member of the Saint Cloud Symphony Orchestra. Carter plays with the Amadeus Chamber Symphony and various music ensembles in college. Aside from playing the viola, Carter is an avid Nordic skier during the winter and is employed as a wildland firefighter in the western U.S. during the summer. During his free time, he treasures any opportunity to cook, ride his bike, or climb a tree.
Eleanor Melton is graduating in May 2021 from the University of Minnesota Morris with her B.A. in music performance. She began taking piano lessons at age five and studied under Dr. Ann DuHamel during her undergraduate career. After graduating she plans to teach piano in the Red Wing area, where she currently lives with her husband. Outside of music, her interests include literature, languages, and gardening.
2020 Young Performer Competition Winners:
Young Performer Competition sponsored by Beste & Associates
George Doyle, Piano
Kate Landsteiner, piano
Jacob Meyer, piano
Grand Prize – Anthony Berndt, piano
The goal of the St. Cloud Symphony’s Young Performers Competition is to provide talented young musicians in central Minnesota with an opportunity to compete for scholarship awards, receive written feedback from a panel of distinguished judges, and perform for family and friends on the Honors Concert. The Grand Prize winner will perform as soloist with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra.