The twenty-second annual Inland Northwest Musicians Young Artists Competition will be held on the afternoon of Sun., March 3, 2024 at the Hermiston Community Center. Support funding for this year’s competition was provided by the Hermiston Kiwanis Club. This event offers young musicians the opportunity to perform, be adjudicated, receive cash awards, and possibly be selected to perform with the Inland Northwest Orchestra in concert on Sat., April 27, 2024 in Richland, WA.
The competition is open to young musicians in four age categories: Elementary Division (through fifth grade), Junior Division (grades 6-8), Senior Division (grades 9-12), and Young Adult Division (through age 25). All participants must have the recommendation of their private music instructor. Please have the instructor sign the application. After the closing date for receipt of applications, all participants will be scheduled for individual audition times on the day of the event.
Entrants will be allowed up to 12 minutes to perform. The accurate timing for the selection must be given on the application form. The piece performed must be one that has a published orchestral accompaniment and the publisher information listed on the application form. All entrants must bring their own accompanists for the competition.
Three copies of the music must be provided for the use of the adjudicators during the competition. Photocopies are acceptable and must be provided by the entrant. There will not be a photocopier available at the competition venue. All copies of music will be returned to each participant at the conclusion of the event.
All participants will receive adjudication forms and certificates at the conclusion of the competition. Judging will be based on quality of sound, technique, musicality, and overall performance. A division winner will be chosen from each division. Division winners will receive $200 cash prizes. Some entrants may be selected to perform with the Inland Northwest Orchestra. Those musicians will receive additional $100 awards on the day of their performance with the orchestra. Entrants chosen to perform with the Inland Northwest Orchestra must be available for rehearsals with the orchestra prior to the performance.
Entrants will not be permitted to win in the same division two years in a row unless their performance the second year is on a different instrument/voice than that of the previous year. Division winners may choose to perform for adjudication only in the following year, if desired.
The completed application form and entrance fee of $30.00 must be received by Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. The entrance fee is non-refundable and should be mailed to PO Box 7039, Hermiston, OR 97838. Applicants will be emailed a schedule of audition times and additional instructions by Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024.
For additional information, please contact:
Alice Massey, Young Artists Competition Chair
This year, for our 25th anniversary we will be holding a special event. The event will have a final concert of the season starting at 3pm with a catered dinner following. This will be an event to celebrate, remember, and look toward the future of our program. We are so excited to hold this event at Hermiston Community Center in Hermiston, OR on June 22nd.
Tickets for the dinner are now available and can be purchased online. There are limited seats, so be sure to get your tickets early to be sure you can join us in this celebration dinner. Click on the link below to purchase your tickets. This is a non-reserved seating event, and tickets must be purchased in advance. They are $45.00 per person or $360.00 for a full reserved table of 8.
Inland Northwest Musicians also offers an opportunity for people to learn a string instrument of their choice in a class environment. The Beginning Strings Class introduces students to the violin, viola, cello, or bass and teaches them the foundations. Students work with an instructor to refine and improve their newly learned skills in a fun environment with other students learning alongside them.
Inland Northwest Musicians plans to have a new beginning strings class starting in the summertime!
Inland Northwest Musicians offer a musical experience for those that haven’t played an instrument for a long time and those that have been playing an instrument for only a couple of years. One of the concerts performed in the season is called the Young People’s Concert. This concert is performed in the Hermiston area by the Willow Creek Symphony and in the Wallowa Valley area by interested musicians from the Wallowa Valley as well as members of the Inland Northwest Orchestra, targeting students in 4th, 5th & 6th grades.
The students in each area come to a central location and are introduced to the various instruments in the orchestra. There is also an opportunity to ask questions before they listen to a few pieces that the group has prepared. Sometimes they actually get to do a “Symphony Safari” by walking through the orchestra as they exit.
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