|Competition: Blount-Slawson Young Artists
Blount Slawson Young Artists Competition |
2014 Cello Fellowship
Former Blount-Slawson Competition Winners
BUTI Young Artists - Vocal |
2015 Blount-Slawson Young
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A program of the Montgomery
The Blount Foundation
and The Guice Slawson Family
*Please note the new changes for this year's
The 2015 Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition is open to
pianists only 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 the 2016 competition. Previous first place winners are
not eligible to compete. The winner must be available for
rehearsals and publicity as required.
Acceptable 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
The competition will be held on Saturday and Sunday, January
24 - January 25, 2015 at Huntingdon College in Montgomery,
Alabama. Entrants will be notified by mail two-three weeks
prior to the competition of their approximate performance
entrants from Saturday's preliminary round of competition will compete on Sunday at
1:00 PM in a final round of competition which will be open
to the public. The judges’ decision will be announced at the
end of the competition.
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 23rd, and a brief
warm-up on Saturday. Those with early Friday afternoon
rehearsals may need to travel to Montgomery on Thursday,
Entrants must note on the application form any expected
conflicts in scheduling their rehearsal or audition time.
Once the rehearsal and audition times are set, it is
nearly impossible 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
Travel and Accommodations
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 the
Competitors must be escorted by an adult. The competition is
unable to provide accommodations, transportation, or
First Prize: Performance with the
Montgomery Symphony at the Davis Theater on April 24, 2015;
$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
*The Montgomery Symphony League reserves the right to amend
the structure of the competition and prizes based on the
number of registered competitors and the judges’
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
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
click here. For more
information on BUTI, you may call 617-353-3386 or visit
their website at
The Montgomery Symphony will award a $6,770 scholarship to
the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) to a young
Alabama musician for the 2014 Summer session. For more
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there an entry fee for the
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.
Q Will there be a place for me to
practice while I am in Montgomery?
A 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.
On 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 practice rooms.
On Sunday, the nine finalists will have the first option on
practice rooms. Otherwise, they are open to other
Q 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.
What time will the competition conclude on Sunday?
I want to make my
return airline reservation but don't know when to schedule
my flight home?
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
a professional standard of performance among young musicians
through the experience of a competitive forum
young musicians the opportunity to be judged by artists of
To select a
talented young musician to perform with the Montgomery
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 perpetuity.
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 Montgomery,
Mr. And Mrs. Slawson support a variety of educational,
religious, and arts organizations in the community.
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.
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
Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) Auditions
Representatives 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.
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 25th, 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 2014 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
Click here to access the on-line audition excerpts for
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 2014 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