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BLOUNT-SLAWSON YOUTH COMPETITION WINNER ESTHER LIAO

The Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition featured pianos this year and attracted bright young musicians from around the U.S. 

Esther Liao, a high school senior from Houston, Texas, captured first place at the Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition's final round held Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at Huntingdon College in Montgomery.

Liao won $10,000 and she will perform with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra on April 27th!

Hillary Respass and Grace Kennerly of Boston University's Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) visited Montgomery, Alabama for the upcoming summer session auditions. The representatives auditioned young musicians from the Montgomery Youth Orchestra, Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition and also met with Alabama Friends of BUTI during the trip. For further information on Tanglewood Institute for students and visitors, please visit http://www.bu.edu/cfa/tanglewood/.

Two Year Artist Residency in Cello with The Montgomery Symphony

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MSO Cello Fellowship 2016-2018, the second season upon agreement between the MSO and the Fellow.
$35,000 stipend per nine-month season.

Application Postmark Deadline is March 29th, 2016

The MSO Cello Fellow is encouraged to perform solo engagements, enter competitions, and accept significant outside performance opportunities that may further his or her career during the Fellowship period. The Association Board requires, however, that the Fellow establish a residence in Montgomery, Alabama, and that any absences from Montgomery Symphony Orchestra (MSO) performances or rehearsals be approved in advance by the Music Director.

Candidates for the 2016 - 2018 Cello Fellowship should have completed their formal musical education and be at the beginning of their professional performing careers. Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States during the period of the residency.

Fellowship Duties:
As a Guest Artist: Perform a concerto with the MSO on the October 2016 classical subscription concert.

As a Recitalist: Perform three scheduled solo recitals each season in Montgomery. A modest artist fee is provided for pianists.

As an Orchestral Cellist: Serve as the MSO Principal Cellist at weekly rehearsals and at the 10 scheduled classical and pops concerts each season of the MSO from September 2016 to May 2018.

Stipend: $35,000 per nine month season.

Engagement:
September, 2016 through May, 2018. While the Fellowship is intended to be a two year engagement extending from September 2016 - May 2018, the second season continuation will be upon agreement between the MSO and the Fellow. The months of June, July and August, 2017 are free for the Fellow.

In 1989, the Montgomery Symphony Association's Board of Directors established a program to promote the concert careers of promising young violinists through its Violin Fellowship program. Based on the overwhelming success of the Violin Fellowship, the Symphony expanded the program in 1996 to include a Cello Fellowship. For a list of former Fellows, click here.

How to Apply:

Audition Procedures:
Candidates should submit a downloadable audio file recordings (mp3, etc) of a major concerto and at least one contrasting work suitable for recital, a resume which includes the names, addresses (regular and email) and telephone numbers (both studio and home) of two people who will serve as references.

Email Application to:

montgomerysymphony@gmail.com

Email subject line of email should read: Application for Cello Fellowship
 

Application Deadline: Submitted by March 29th, 2016.

Finalists will be notified in early April. Final auditions will be held in Montgomery, Alabama on April 25-27, 2016, with travel expenses paid inside the United States.

Final Round
Four finalists will be notified in early April of their selection for the final round to be held April 25-27, 2015. Because travel expenses will be paid within the United States by the Montgomery Symphony, finalists must be completely available all three days of the competition. Finalists will interview privately with the competition jury and will perform in a final round of competition which will be open to the public. All finalists will perform a movement of a concerto and a movement of an unaccompanied work. After the Jury deliberates, the winner will be announced from the stage.