Competition

Don Chrysler Concerto Competition for Young Musicians

Don Chrysler

Don had admiration and respect for the benefits classical music provides – not only to an individual soul, but to civilization as a whole. Having great empathy for those willing to follow their creative spirit and produce great beauty, he realized this was often a path fraught with harsh realities. He therefore decided, early on, to share his time, effort and bounty to bolster, support and encourage the artistic endeavours of others. He was an honourable, intelligent man, tremendously generous.

It is to his memory that so many of his friends have donated to a Concerto Fund in his name. I would like to add my heartfelt thanks to you all. Janette Chrysler

2018 Finalists’ Competition Performance

April 21, 2018 – 7:00 PM
Free concert – Open to the Public!
Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, University of Victoria
Prizes donated by Long & McQuade

Click here for a list of the finalists:   TBA

13th Annual Don Chrysler Concerto Competition — 2018

Click to download: Concerto Competition Application Form 2018

Click to download: Concerto_Competition_Overview_2018

The Don Chrysler Concerto Competition is open to instrumental and voice students up to and including the age of 25 years (as of January 1, 2018). They must be studying privately or at an accredited institution on Vancouver Island or the Gulf Islands.

The 1st prize winner will have the honour of performing as a soloist at two performances with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra. The Celebration of Young Artists concerts will take place on October 27, 2018 at the Sooke Community Hall and October 28, 2018 in Victoria/Westshore, location TBA.

Preliminary audition will be by recording. Those interested should complete the application form and submit it, together with your recording, postmarked no later than Friday February 9, 2018. The recorded performance must be accompanied. In the case of a concerto, ONLY THE WHOLE OF THE FIRST MOVEMENT, plus cadenza, if any, should be presented. In the case of a song cycle or similarly constructed composition, a minimum of 15 minutes of contrasting material is required. To ensure anonymity during the first round of judging, please just label only the CD case (your name, instrument and piece). Finalists will be announced no later than February 16, 2018.

The final competition will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Phillip T Young Recital Hall, University of Victoria. This will be a live performance of the ENTIRE CONCERTO before a panel of judges and audience. Finalists must provide an accompanist where applicable. In the case of a pianist, there should be a second, accompanying pianist playing the orchestral parts, for which a second piano will be available. The works must be performed in their entirety, with no cuts in the opening tuttis, etc. The winners will be announced at the end of the concert.

There is no specific repertoire list to choose from.
However, prior to preparing and submitting your application, you must contact the Music Director of the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra to confirm the suitability of your selection. Failure to do so may invalidate your submission.

If a finalist is unable to meet the April 21st competition date and rehearsal/concert dates (October 20, 22, 26, 27 & 28, 2018), he or she must notify the Music Director immediately.

PRIZES

Prizes donated by Long & McQuade   Long&McQuade_logo

1st Prize:

Performance of the winning concerto with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra plus $500.00

2nd Prize:

$300.00

Application deadline: Must be postmarked or submitted no later than Friday. February 9, 2018

Competition performance: Saturday April 21, 2018 — 7:00 PM

Open to the Public!

Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, University of Victoria

For further information, please contact:
Norman Nelson, Music Director
Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra
P.O. Box 767
Sooke, BC
V9Z 1H7
(250) 642-5760 or
(250) 386-5760
info@sookephil.ca

2017 DON CHRYSLER CONCERTO COMPETITION

The 12th annual competition was held on April 22, 2017. Read all about it and view photos at sookephil.wordpress.com.


The Sooke Philharmonic Society wishes to express our sincere thanks to Long & McQuade for donating the prize, presented by Assistant Manager Matt Charbonneau.

1st Place:  Sophie van der Sloot. The First place prize of $500 courtesy of Long and McQuade was awarded to Sophie van der Sloot for her performance of the  Elgar Cello Concerto.

Sophie is set to perform her concerto with the Sooke Philharmonic at the Celebration of Young Artists concerts, Saturday October 28, 2017 7:30 p.m.at the Sooke Community Hall and 2:30 pm Sunday, October 29, 2017 at the Teechamitsa Theatre, Royal Bay Secondary School.

2nd Place: Danielle Tsao: The second place prize was awarded to Danielle Tsao for her performance of the Walton Viola Concerto

The other finalists were:

Tovin Allers, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major

Iris Hung, Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major

Gillian Newburn, Nielsen: Flute Concerto

Alyssa Fu, Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No.1, Op.25

Sophie van der Sloot also won the Audience Choice award.

Our sincere thanks to the adjudicators: Yariv Aloni, Nicholas Fairbank and Lanny Pollet.

2016 DON CHRYSLER CONCERTO COMPETITION

The 11th annual competition was held on April 23, 2016. Read all about it and view photos at sookephil.wordpress.com.

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The Sooke Philharmonic Society wishes to express our sincere thanks to Long & McQuade,  represented at the Competition by David Symon, for donating the prize money.

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1st Place:  Kevin Chen. The First place prize of $500 courtesy of Long and McQuade was awarded to Kevin Chen for his performance of the Khachaturian Violin Concerto.

Kevin is set to perform his concerto with the Sooke Philharmonic at the Celebration of Young Artists Concerts, 7:30 pm October 29, 2016 at the Teechamitsa Theatre, Royal Bay Secondary School, and 2:30 pm Sunday, October 30, 2016 at the Sooke Community Hall.

2nd Place Iris Hung: The second place prize was awarded to Iris Hung for her performance of the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 17, K453 in G major.

The other finalists were:

Tovin Allers who performed the Korngold Violin Concerto

Emma Reader-Lee who performed the Haydn C Major Violin Concerto.

Aimi Howden who played the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1.

Kevin Chen won the Audience Choice award for his Khachaturian Violin Concerto performance.

Our sincere thanks to the adjudicators: Jeanne Campbell, Gerald Stanick and Lawrence de la Haye.

2015 DON CHRYSLER CONCERTO COMPETITION

The 10th annual competition was held on April 23, 2015. Read all about it and view photos at sookephil.wordpress.com.

Click here for archived program.

2015-competitors

The Sooke Philharmonic Society wishes to express our sincere thanks to Long & McQuadeVictoria Store Manager Michael Arensen and Assistant Manager Shaun Wilson for attending the competition and donating the prizes.
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1st Prize: Rae Gallimore. Rae performed Bartok’s Viola Concerto (Serly ed.) with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra on Sat. October 24, 2015 (Sooke Community Hall) and Sat. October 25, 2015 (Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Langford). Rae also received a prize of $500 courtesy of Long and McQuade.

Rae Gallimore is no stranger to Sooke and Metchosin audiences. She placed second in last year’s concerto competition; she also played the Telemann Viola Concerto in G in November 2014 with the Sooke Philharmonic Chamber Players, in our Warming to Winter concerts.

2nd Prize: Two second prizes were awarded to the two pianists: Ya-Ping Huang, who played Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Alyssa Fu, for her performance of the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2.

Four of the six competitors— Leo Phanichphant (Krommer Clarinet Concerto), Ya-Ping Huang, Ashley Green (Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations for Cello and Orchestra) and Rae Gallimore — were competing for the second year in a row.

Nelly Tian won the Audience Choice award for her performance Saint-Saens’ Violin Concerto No. 3.

Our sincere thanks to the adjudicators: Linda GouldLanny Pollet, and Dolores Vann.

2014 DON CHRYSLER CONCERTO COMPETITION

The 9th annual competition was held on April 26, 2014. Read all about it and view photos at sookephil.wordpress.com.

Click here for archived program.

The Sooke Philharmonic Society wishes to express our sincere thanks to Long & McQuade and Victoria Store Manager Shaun Wilson for donating the prizes.
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1st Prize: Masahiro Miyauchi. Masahiro performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5 (Emperor) with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra on Sat. October 25 (Sooke Community Hall) and Sat. October 26, 2014 (Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria).

Masahiro also received a prize of $500 courtesy of Long and McQuade.

Finalists (L-R): Leo Phanichphant, Hailey Philllips, Masahiro Miyauchi, Rae Gallimore, Ashley Green, Ya-Ping Huang (all photos by Michael Nyikes)

Finalists (L-R): Leo Phanichphant, Hailey Philllips, Masahiro Miyauchi, Rae Gallimore, Ashley Green, Ya-Ping Huang (all photos by Michael Nyikes)

2nd Prize: Two second prizes (thanks to the generosity of Long & McQuade, $300 each) were awarded — to Ashley Green (Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto No.1) and Rae Gallimore (Walton’v Concerto for Viola and Orchestra).

The Audience Choice award went to Rae Gallimore.

Our congratulations and best wishes to all the finalists!

Our sincere thanks to the adjudicators: Jeanne CampbellRebecca Hissen, and Brian Yoon.

 

2013 Don Chrysler Concerto Competition

The 8th annual competition was held on April 27, 2013. Read all about it and view photos at sookephil.wordpress.com.
The Sooke Philharmonic Society wishes to express our sincere thanks to Long & McQuade and Victoria Store Manager Shaun Wilson for donating the prizes.
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1st Prize: Keaton Ollech. Keaton performed his concerto (Piano Concerto No.1 by Beethoven) with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra on Sat. October 26 (Sooke) and Sat. October 27 (Victoria), 2013.Keaton 2013

Keaton also received a prize of $500 courtesy of Long and McQuade.

2nd Prize: The second prize was awarded to Ceilidh Briscoe, who played Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.5, K219.

The Audience Choice award went to Blythe Allers, who performed the virtuosic Violin Concerto in E minor by Julius Conus.

Our congratulations and best wishes to all the finalists!

Our sincere thanks to the adjudicators: David Stratkauskas, Dolores Vann and David Watson