Topic: National Youth Instrumental Competition

Double Reed Friends:

I would like to let everyone know about a national instrumental competition for middle school and high school students.  Please pass along this information to anyone that you think might be interested in a high level competition for a student.

Rina Bristol
Montgomery, AL

The Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition

A program of the Montgomery Symphony League
Sponsored by The Blount Foundation and The Guice Slawson Family
Saturday – Sunday, January 27-28, 2007 at Huntingdon College

The Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition is open to musicians in the seventh through the twelfth grades residing in and attending school in the United States who have not reached their 19th birthday before May 1, 2007.  Students of strings, winds, brass, percussion and piano are eligible to enter in one category only.  Previous first place winners are not eligible to compete.  The winner must be available for rehearsals and publicity as required.

First Prize:  Performance with the Montgomery Symphony at the Davis Theater on April 30, 2007; $10,000 consisting of a Cash Award of $2,500 and an Educational Award of $7,500; An appearance on the nationally broadcasted From The Top Radio Show hosted by Christopher O’Riley.
Second Prize:  Cash award of $4,000
Third Prize:  Cash award of $1,000
Fourth Prize:  Cash award of $500
Merit Prizes (5):  Cash awards of $250 for the remaining 5 finalists*
*The Montgomery Symphony League reserves the right to amend the structure of the competition and prizes based on the number of registered competitors

Additional information regarding repertoire, accompanists, FAQs are available from the symphony website at: