|Competition: Blount-Slawson Young Artists
Blount Slawson Young Artists Competition |
Former Blount-Slawson Competition Winners
BUTI Young Artists - Vocal |
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2013 Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition
January 26-27, 2013
A program of the Montgomery Symphony League
Blount Foundation and The Guice Slawson Family
For an application form,
The Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition is open to
musicians in the seventh through the twelfth grades residing in and attending
school in the United States. Students of strings, winds, brass, percussion and
piano are eligible to enter in one category only. Previous first place winners
are not eligible to compete. The winner must be available for rehearsals and
publicity as required.
literature for the competition includes any one movement from any work in the
standard concerto repertoire. Works associated with the student repertoire may
be selected if they are original works. Transcriptions or arrangements are not
acceptable unless transcribed by the original composer. Memorization is
preferred but not required. All works must have orchestral parts available.
Special permission is needed for complete concertos in a single movement. Please
call the Symphony office (334-240-4004) to request permission.
The competition will be held on Saturday and Sunday,
January 26 - January 27,
2013 at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama. Entrants will be notified by
mail two-three weeks prior to the competition of their approximate performance
Entrants will be divided into three groups of competitors for
Saturday’s preliminary round of competition. The top three entrants from each
group will compete on Sunday at 1:00PM in a final round of competition which
will be open to the public. The judges’ decision will be announced at the end of
All entrants must perform with live accompaniment. Accompanists are the
responsibility of each entrant. Entrants are strongly encouraged to bring their
own accompanists, however, a limited number of assigned accompanists are
available. The fee for an assigned accompanist is $150 for the preliminary round
and $50 for the final round. The $150 non-refundable preliminary round
accompanist fee must be enclosed with the application form or the application
will not be accepted.
All entrants using an assigned accompanist will
have a 40-minute rehearsal on Friday, January 25th, and a brief warm-up on
Saturday. Those with early Friday afternoon rehearsals may need to travel to
Montgomery on Thursday, January 24th.
Entrants must note on the application form any
expected conflicts in scheduling their rehearsal or audition time.
rehearsal and audition times are set, it is very difficult to re-arrange them
because of the number of competitors, venues, arranged accompanists, 2 piano vs
1 piano practice rooms, etc. Please make an effort to let us know on the
application form if your schedule is not completely free.
A listing of hotel and motel accommodations and
local rental car companies will be mailed to all competitors. Because
Montgomery’s public transit is very limited and taxi cabs are not always
available in a timely fashion, competitors’ parents are urged to rent a car or
to carpool with another entrant. There are no hotels within walking distance of
Competitors must be escorted by an adult. The
competition is unable to provide accommodations, transportation, or chaperone
First Prize: Performance with the Montgomery Symphony at the
Davis Theater on April 29, 2013; $10,000 consisting of a Cash Award of $2,500
and an Educational Award of $7,500; An appearance on the nationally broadcasted
From The Top Radio Show hosted by Christopher O’Riley.
Second Prize: Cash
award of $4,000
Third Prize: Cash award of $1,000
Fourth Prize: Cash award of $500
Merit Prizes (5): Cash awards of $250 for the remaining 5 finalists*
Montgomery Symphony League reserves the right to amend the structure of the
competition and prizes based on the number of registered competitors and the
Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) Auditions
Representatives from the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) will
again be present at this year’s competition. BUTI is the
high school division of the internationally famous Tanglewood Music Festival in
Lenox, MA, which draws young performers from around the world each summer.
If you would like to audition for BUTI while you are at the Blount-Slawson
Competition, please mark the appropriate box on the application form. For
detailed information about the audition requirements,
click here. For more information on BUTI, you
may call 617-353-3386 or visit their website at
The Montgomery Symphony will award a $6,500
scholarship to the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) to a young
Alabama musician for the 2013 Summer session. For more details,
Application Forms for the Blount-Slawson Young
Artists Competition may be printed off the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra’s
website and mailed to:
The Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition Committee
C/o The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra
P O Box 1864, Montgomery, AL 36102
Phone: (334) 240-4004
Printable application to fill out
Questions? Contact Helen Steineker at
Applications must be postmarked no later than December 7, 2012 and if an
accompanist is to be arranged by the Competition, a check for $150 made payable
to the MSO must be attached to the application.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q Is there
an entry fee for the competition?
A No entry fee is charged.
Q Can I compete in the preliminary
round on Saturday at a certain time of the day?
A Yes. If you let us know on
your application form that you will only be available, as an example, after noon
and if you bring your own accompanist, we will schedule
you accordingly. If you have asked the competition to provide you with an
accompanist, we will make every effort to accommodate your scheduling request.
Will there be a place for me to practice while I am in Montgomery?
Generally speaking, the practice room demands of the competition fill many of
the available practice rooms on Friday night and all of them during the day on
Saturday. Instrumentalists should plan on practicing in their hotel room.
Pianists should check with local churches or music stores for a piano.
Friday night, any practice rooms not already assigned to a competition
accompanist can be used by competitors on a first come, first served basis.
Please share. During the day on Saturday, each competitor will be assigned a
practice room for the 40 minutes prior to his or her performance in the
preliminary round. After the preliminary round is over, anyone may use the
On Sunday, the nine finalists will have the first option
on practice rooms. Otherwise, they are open to other competitors.
May I request a specific competition supplied pianist to accompany me?
A Yes and No. You may ask the competition to match you with someone but we
cannot guarantee you that we can make that particular assignment. Our assignment
process is geared to providing the best collaboration for all competitors who
have requested that we provide them with an accompanist. That said, we
will do our best to pair you with the pianist you have requested.
Q Can I have my first rehearsal with my assigned pianist on Saturday as
opposed to Friday?
A No. All of the practice rooms will be
assigned on Saturday to competitors warming up to compete in the preliminary
round. Your assigned pianist will be busy playing for the other
competitors assigned to him or her.
Q. What time will the competition conclude on Sunday? I
want to make my return airline reservation but don't know when to schedule my
A. The short answer is that we really won't know
when the competition will end until the
judges tell us they are ready to announce the prize winners. We do not
know the lengths of the movements the nine finalists will perform and we do not
know how long the judges will deliberate.
However, based on past years, we expect everything to be over by 5:00 pm.
The college is approximately 20 minutes by car from the Montgomery Airport.
The goals of the Blount-Slawson Young Artists
Competition are threefold:
- To promote a professional standard of
performance among young musicians through the experience of a competitive forum
- To afford young musicians the opportunity to be judged by artists of
- To select a talented young musician to perform with
the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra
The Blount-Slawson Young Artists
Competition and Concert are made possible by the generosity of The Blount
Foundation and The Guice Slawson Family in cooperation with the Montgomery
Symphony League and Huntingdon College.
The Blount Foundation
The Blount Foundation was the creation of the late Montgomery businessman and
philanthropist Wynton M. (Red) Blount. As Founder and Chairman of Blount
International Inc., Mr. Blount established the Foundation in the 1970s to
support activities in the communities in which his company had a presence.
Foundation President D. Joseph McInnes continued to nurture the arts in
Montgomery and created an environment where they thrived until the Foundation's
closure in 2007.
The Blount Foundation’s 30-year partnership with the
Montgomery Symphony League and its endowment of the competition has resulted in
a nationally respected event for young musicians that will continue in
The Guice Slawson Family
The Montgomery Symphony League extends its thanks to Guice and Caroline
Slawson for their generous support of this competition. Mr. Slawson is the
President of Southeast Wood Treating, Ltd., with corporate offices in
Mr. And Mrs. Slawson support a variety of educational, religious, and arts
organizations in the community.
Huntingdon College has served as the host of the Blount-Slawson Young Artists
Competition for over 20 years. From the beginning of each competition's
three day schedule, until the last note has been played, Blount-Slawson judges,
competitors, their accompanists, and families fill the Smith Music Building to
overflowing. Ligon Chapel in Flowers Hall provides an exciting venue for
the competition's final round.
Our thanks go to Dr. Cameron West, President of Huntingdon College, and the
entire music faculty for their generosity of spirit in supporting the efforts of
pre-college musicians and their willingness to provide such a fitting home for
the Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition.
Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) Auditions
All wind and brass players
auditioning for BUTI are required to prepare and submit audition excerpts as
part of their BUTI application. A BUTI representative will be on-site on
Saturday, January 26th, during the competition to record audition excerpts OR
you are welcome to record your excerpts on CD and send to the Boston University
Tanglewood Institute. The application deadline for
2013 has not yet been announced.
Please contact the BUTI office to set-up a recording time or to
learn more about this specific requirement by calling 617-353-3386. You can
also email BUTI at
from the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) will again be present at
this year’s competition. The Tanglewood Institute is the high school division of
the internationally famous Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, MA, which draws
young performers from around the world each summer.
Click here to access the on-line audition excerpts for your instrument:
String players and pianists do not need to provide audition
excerpts. Your audition for the competition is all that is required for your
application to BUTI.
If you would like your
Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition audition to also
serve as a Tanglewood audition for the 2013 Summer Season,
please mark the appropriate box on the application form. For
more information on BUTI, you may call (617-353-3386) or visit their website at