SUNY Orange Orchestra to hold concerto/aria contest

Contest offers solo performance opportunities for students and young musicians in Orange County

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— The SUNY Orange Community Orchestra will be accepting applications for its 16th annual Concerto/Aria Competition, which provides a solo opportunity for talented young local instrumentalists and vocalists from in Orange County.

Eligibility is open to SUNY Orange students and local high school students, as well as residents of Orange County who will be no older than age 23 as of Jan. 1, 2018. Entrants will audition for the opportunity to perform a solo with the orchestra, under the direction of Richard Milan Simons, during its annual winter concert scheduled for 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 25, in Middletown’s historic Paramount Theatre. Snow date for the concert is 3 p.m., Sunday, March 4.

A panel of music faculty from SUNY Orange and professional musicians from the Hudson Valley will judge auditions for the instrumentalists and vocalists in the College’s Orange Hall Theatre from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. Snow date for auditions will be during the same time slot one week later on Saturday, Jan. 20.

Deadline is December 8Interested musicians may get applications and information from their high school band, orchestra or chorus teacher, by contacting the College’s Arts and Communication Department at 341-4787, or via email by writing to The application deadline is Friday, Dec. 8.

Instrumentalists may perform a single movement from a concerto or multiple movements. Vocalists may prepare an aria or multiple arias. The length of the performance piece should be approximately 10-20 minutes. Music composed by 1900 will be accepted as long as it has a published and available orchestral accompaniment. Literature composed after 1900 will also be considered, but needs prior approval by Simons. Applicants must provide their own accompanist.

Last year, Angela Prictoe, of Monroe-Woodbury High School, was selected as the contest winner. She performed Ferdinand David’s “Concertino, Op. 4 for Trombone.”

Past winners of the orchestra’s Concerto/Aria Contest also include Sarah Tusch, Valentina Ponochovnaya, George Courtsunis, Radhika Shah, Lucie Jaronowski, Tim Takagi, Clare Herceg, Emily Moore, Rachel Conklin, James Rose, Stephen Gorgone, Justin Randolph, Kaitlyn Mesic, Erica Moore, Ashley Heilweil, Audrey Zybura, Eric Bjorkman, Michael Kolb, Julia Rupp, Jared Silbernagel, Nathan Sander, Olivia McCartney, Brianna Reed and Yena Lee.

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