Each year the Windham Orchestra hosts a Concerto Competition for high school age musicians. 2019 marks the 33rd year of this event. The competition is an opportunity for students of all instruments, including voice, to audition for a panel of judges, receive feedback on performance, and then present the work with the Windham Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Hugh Keelan.
In recent years the Windham Orchestra has performed with local, world music ensembles, and Maestro Keelan wishes to continue such explorations. Originally conceived as a competition for musicians of the Western art-music tradition, any composition normally accompanied by orchestra may be performed. Contestants may prepare and perform single movements or an entire multi-movement composition. In addition to the winner’s appearance at a Windham Orchestra Concert, open rehearsal performance opportunities are often offered. This opportunity to play their piece in public can be of great value to the student who has worked diligently preparing for the competition.
The competition is open to serious instrumental and vocal music students in grades 9 through 12 who live or attend schools in the following counties:
- VT: Windsor, Windham, Bennington
- NH: Cheshire, Sullivan, Grafton
- MA: Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire
Any and all eligible students are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is Monday, March 18. The competition itself will be held on Sunday, March 31st at the Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way, Brattleboro VT 05301