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Information about the 2020 Auditions

Posted October 1st, 2019

Please note that the deadline for applications to be postmarked has been extended until January 27th

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Audition Date and Place
Saturday, March 14th, 2020
Ewell Hall, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg

The WMC Grants-in-Aid committee has prepared a mission statement that defines student eligibility.

The Williamsburg Music Club’s Grants-in-Aid program provides scholarships to serious music students. An eligible applicant must be a resident or attend school (including private and home school) in Williamsburg, James City County or York County, Virginia. Members of the Williamsburg Youth Orchestra may also apply.

While it is requested that the student’s teacher be a member of the Williamsburg Music Club, it is not mandatory.

Junior Division auditions, for Grades 6-8, are in the morning.
Senior Division: for students in Grades 9-12, are in the afternoon.

If you have a conflict with another musical event, please contact the Auditions Committee at auditions@williamsburgmusicclub.org

Keyboard: Piano and Organ.
Orchestral Strings including Harp:
Orchestral Winds and Brass including Saxophone:
Percussion (mallets only)

Application Form
.The Application Form must be downloaded, printed and completed in full. The application and a check for the fee must be mailed and postmarked by January 27th, 2020 to:
WMC Auditions, PO Box 1808, Williamsburg 23187-1808.
Applications received postmarked after the deadline of January 27th, 2020 will not be accepted.

2020 Grants Audtions Application Form.pdf Click here for the 2020 Application Form and Instructions

Performers must select works of contrasting styles from two different periods.
Note: Piano and string students must choose one selection from either the Baroque or Classical periods.

Suggested minimum level repertoire for each division is available below as a guide to help determine the student’s eligibility. This repertoire has been defined by comparing numerous lists of similar types of competitions including The Piano Teachers’ Guild, the American String Teachers’ Association, American Harp Society, Music Teachers' National Association (MTNA) Student Competition and The National Federation of Music Clubs Competition. These are minimum standards, and students are not required to prepare pieces on this list. Comparable level repertoire or more technically challenging repertoire for each division may be included. Students in grades 9 to 12 are considered Senior Division applicants and must choose material commensurate with the minimum requirements in the Senior Division.

Suggested repertoire for the Junior Division is available here as a pdf document (2 pages).
Suggested repertoire for the Senior Division is available here as a pdf document (2 pages).

Time Limits
Junior applicants will be allotted SIX minutes on stage for the audition; senior applicants EIGHT minutes. For pieces that use an accompanist, please edit to reduce solo playing by the accompanist, especially long introductions and interludes.

If the first piece is long, you will be stopped to move on to the second selection. Perform pieces from the beginning of the music; no cuts are permitted except to shorten accompaniment sections. Candidates should prepare selections in their entirety, including cadenzas which may be requested by the judges even if the pieces run longer than the alloted times. Please plan selections as closely as possible within the time limits of the competition (6 min/8 min). Performers may not play a cadenza only.

Music for the Judges
No changes in repertoire will be permitted after February 28th; however, pieces may be performed in order of choice.

On the day of the audition, students will submit for the judges' use one original score of the music to be played. Failing to do so will result in disqualification from the competition.

Memorization and Accompanists
All performers are strongly encouraged to play from memory, but the use of scores is permitted. Repeats should be omitted. Applicants must be prepared to perform cadenzas if a concerto with a cadenza is selected. The judges may stop the performance and request the cadenza. Be prepared.

Students who perform works that were written with an accompaniment or orchestral reduction will be deemed ineligible to audition unless an accompanist is present at the audition. This includes concertos, sonatas, or other works that were written with a piano accompaniment or have an orchestral reduction for piano. This rule applies to all instruments, including piano. There are no exceptions.

Recording Equipment
The audition committee respectfully requests that parents and teachers use recording equipment with discretion at the auditions. This includes cell phone cameras. Recording during the audition can be a distraction for the students and the judges. Please sit in the reserved area if you wish to make a recording during a performance and be as unobtrusive as possible.

How to Apply
Complete and mail the downloaded paper Application Form postmarked by January 17, 2020.

To be considered complete, the Williamsburg Music Club must receive this application together with the $35 application fee. The fee is reduced to $25 if your teacher is a member of the Williamsburg Music Club. Enclose a check made payable to the Williamsburg Music Club to the following address: WMC Auditions, P.O. Box 1808, Williamsburg VA 23187-1808. Note: Only the first 40 students who submit completed and approved applications will be eligible to compete in this year's competition, even if the application is submitted before the deadline. There will be no exceptions to this quota.

The Grants Audition Committee will evaluate all applications. Candidates will be notified of their acceptance in the competition by February 1, 2020. Application fees will be returned to students not accepted with an encouragement to re-apply in future years. Incomplete applications, or applications sent in postmarked after January 17th will not be considered. Please read the requirements carefully.

All applicants will be judged within their own divisions.

The Junior and Senior divisions will each have a First Prize and a Second Prize that is open to all instruments. In addition, judges will have the discretion to award separate achievement prizes in each of the five instrument categories. Prizes may be used to further musical education (such as for private lessons or summer music camps) or to purchase instruments.

The Kathleen Exton Prize of $500 is available to students in the 12th grade at the time of the audition. To be eligible, the student must plan to continue music studies at the post-secondary level. All applicants for the Exton Prize must indicate on the Grants-in-Aid application their future musical plans, what colleges they have applied to and what degree program they have chosen. The prize will be made payable directly to the school attended.

The Williamsburg Consort Scholarship of $500 is available to students in the 12th grade at the time of the audition. To be eligible, the student must plan to continue music studies at the post-secondary level. All applicants for the Consort Scholarship must indicate on the Grants-In-Aid application their future musical plans, what colleges they have applied to and what degree program they have chosen. The Scholarship will be made payable directly to the school attended.

The WMC Endowment Scholarship, a monetary award of up to $500 annually in three consecutive installments for years two, three and four of college studies, is available this year to a qualified GIA Auditions Senior Winner accepted as a music major at the college level. Value of this award is up to $1500 over a three year period, the amount to be determined annually by the Board depending on funds available.

Please continue to refer to this site for updates and other details of the competition. For direct assistance please email: auditions@williamsburgmusicclub.org

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