Youth Soloist Competition Auditions

Audition Information

New Jersey Wind Symphony 2024 Youth Soloist Competition

Awards

First Place: Solo performance with The New Jersey Wind Symphony Friday, May 17, 2024, in addition to a $1,000 scholarship award
Second Place: $500 scholarship award
Third Place: $250 scholarship award

Eligibility

The New Jersey Wind Symphony Youth Soloist Competition is open to United States citizens and legal non-citizens who are full-time high school band students.
*Previous NJWS 1st place Youth Soloist winners are not eligible.

ENTRY PROCESS

Entering the NJWS YSC is a two-step process.

STEP 1:

Students must submit a typed letter with their name, instrument, address, telephone number, school, grade, e-mail address, band director name & email address, school phone and a $25 entrance fee. Check made payable to New Jersey Wind Symphony, postmarked by Thursday, February 22, 2024.

Letter and check mailed to:
NJWS Youth Soloist Competition
c/o Michael Connor
North Bergen High School
7417 Kennedy Blvd
North Bergen, NJ 07047

STEP 2:

In addition to the letter and entrance fee, students must submit a video recording of their performance of their piece. Post an unlisted YouTube video that can be accessed with the link. An accompanist is not necessary for preliminary audition videos.

Send YouTube link to both contacts below by February 22nd. YouTube videos will be reviewed after receipt of letter and entry fee.

COMPETITION PROCESS

The finalists will be chosen by March 1, 2024 and will be notified by email. Final auditions will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 5pm-7pm, at North Bergen H.S. Student-supplied accompanist at final auditions is required. The winners will receive their scholarships and the first-place winner will perform with the NJWS at the May 17, 2024, concert. Check the website njwindsymphony.org for updates.

THE NEW JERSEY WIND SYMPHONY

The New Jersey Wind Symphony is a volunteer concert band based in Ridgewood, New Jersey. This internationally recognized band consists of instrumentalists from all walks of life and includes retired members of professional orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic. Led by Music Director Dr. Christian Wilhjelm, the band performs a varied repertoire from pops to transcriptions and from traditional band literature to world premiers of new music. In addition, the group has had the privilege of performing with such soloists as Joseph Alessi, Philip Smith, and Chris Martin from the New York Philharmonic as well as Elaine Douvas from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS

Candidates are to perform a piece of appropriate standard with band accompaniment e.g., a Region Band piece or a piece of similar difficulty. It is the student’s responsibility, with their private teacher or band director, to confirm there is a band accompaniment before submitting their application.

IMPORTANT DATES

2024

February 22, 2024 – letter, fee and recording deadline
March 1, 2024 – finalists chosen and notified
March 12, 2024 – live final auditions
May 17, 2024 – NJWS concert, top three scholarships awarded; first place winner performs with NJWS

CONTACT

Questions & YouTube links to:

Laurie Kunzle  –  kunzlemusic@gmail.com
Mike Connor – mikertc1977@gmail.com

THE NJWS WILL BE HOSTING THE 2023 – 2024 YOUTH SOLOIST COMPETION FEATURING THE WINNING SOLOIST ON OUR MAY 17th, 2024 CONCERT. INFORMATION COMING SOON.