Don Chrysler Concerto Competition for Young Musicians
12th Annual Don Chrysler Concerto Competition—2018
- Feb. 9, 2018: submit application form and recording
- Feb. 16, 2018: finalists announced
- Apr. 21, 2018: final competition performance (Free for Public! Philip T. Young Receital Hall, UVic)
- Oct. 20-28, 2018: rehearsal and performance with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra
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 at the Royal Bay Secondary School theatre (location to be confirmed).
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 Friday February 16, 2018.
The final competition will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. 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- 28, 2018), he or she must notify the Music Director immediately.
For further information, please contact:
Norman Nelson, Music Director
Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra
P.O. Box 767
(250) 642-5760 or
Generously donated by: Long & McQuade
1st Prize: Performance of the winning concerto with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra plus $500
2nd Prize: $300