Henry Schwab Violin & Viola Competition

Miriam and Henry Schwab Academy of Music


10th Annual Henry Schwab Violin & Viola Competition

Competition will take place in the third week of the Academy

  • New this year – Two competition Categories
  • Preliminary Auditions – April 27, 2019 Ventura College Performing Arts Center
  • Competition entry form is due by April 23, 2019
  • Final Competition – July 6th and 7th 2019
  • Awards to be presented at the Final Competition  
  • Entry form can be found on the Academy website

Eligibility requirements to compete as a Soloist in the Henry Schwab Violin & Viola Competition

  • Student age is up to 23 on or before the final competition
  • Must be a registered resident of Ventura County or Santa Barbara County
    • Or currently studying with a Ventura County registered resident, recognized by the HSV&VC board as an established prominent string instructor in Ventura county.
    • Or con-currently enrolled in Schwab Summer Academy of Music on the campus of Ventura College June 17-July 7. All Academy students regardless of their registered resident location are eligible to apply and compete in the competition.

New this year Two categories of competition

  • Competition participants will perform a full concerto of their choosing from memory with orchestra at the final competition
  • Competition participants will perform a movement of their choosing from the 17th or 18th century repertoire from memory with orchestra at the final competition  

Preliminary Audition – April 27, 2019 in PAC 139

  • Audition for category a.
    • Play one movement from the concerto you intend to perform at the final competition
    • Play one movement from J.S Bach’s Sonatas or Partitas for solo Violin, Violas may choose a movement from J.S. Bach’s cello suite
    • The selections may be performed with sheet music
    • Bring two extra copies of your music for the judges
    • Participant must provide their own Accompanist
  • Audition for category b.
    • Play the movement from the concerto you intend to perform at the final competition
    • Play one movement from J.S Bach’s Sonatas, Partitas, or study for solo Violin, Violas may choose a movement from J.S. Bach’s cello suite, or study
    • The selections may be performed with sheet music
    • Bring two extra copies of your music for the judges
    • Participant must provide their own Accompanist

The final competition will be July 6, 2019 for category a, and July 7, 2019 for category b

  • Category a - Three finalists will be selected from the preliminary competition to compete in the final competition. They will perform the complete concerto from memory with Academy’s Orchestra in front of an audience and judges.
  • Category b – Up to Five finalists will be selected from the preliminary competition to compete in the final competition. They will perform their selected movement, or in the case of a short multi movement concerto of 12 minutes or less, with Academy’s Orchestra in front of audience and judges. Participants in category b  may use sheet music during competition.

Awards:

  • Awards – Category a:
    • 1st prize $2000
    • 2nd prize $1500
    • 3rd prize $750
  • Awards – Category b:
    • 1st prize $1000
    • 2nd prize $750 
    • 3rd prize $500

All participants will receive a certificate of achievement

Judging Criteria: - Finalists will be chosen based on their stage presences, accuracy, articulation, intonation, and overall musicianship skills. Judges will consider the difficulty of the repertoire as well as accurate interpretation of style.

Students are encouraged to register for the three-week Academy, those participants chosen for the competition will be assigned in the third week to focus on their concerto.

 

Competition Entry Form

 


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