Symphony opens Young Artist contest for audience to attend
January 21, 2013

The 34th annual Young Artist Competition sponsored by the Butler County Symphony Association will be open for the public to see and hear, one of the few times this has been allowed.

“We just think these musicians sound so good, and we wanted everyone to be able to hear them,” said Peggy McGuirk, the chairman of the Young Artist contest.

The competition will take place at 1 p.m. today at Swope Music Hall at Slippery Rock University.

One student will be chosen to perform as a soloist with the Butler County Symphony Orchestra during its March 9 concert.

Applications were accepted from college students up to age 25 living or attending college in a 25-mile radius of Butler.

Fifteen students have submitted applications and recordings of their pieces. Each student will have 15 minutes to play a prepared piece for a panel of judges.

Musicians submitting applications include those who play the tuba, bassoon, trombone, oboe and clarinet. Some vocalists also submitted applications.

Instrumentalists prepared a movement from a concerto, or a piece of music with orchestral accompaniment. Vocalists prepared three or four arias or a song cycle.

Admission to the event is free, but donations will be accepted to help fund next year’s competition.

The symphony’s next concert is “Passionate Russians” on Feb. 9 and will feature saxophonist Arthur Black.