The Plymouth Concert Band has proudly sponsored a competition for local High School students to compete for a Scholarship Prize in addition to performing at our Season Finale Concert.
Jason French, marimba
Jason French is the winner of the 2018 Plymouth Concert Band Young Artist Competition. Jason is a senior at Fourth Baptist Christian School in Plymouth, MN. Music has always been a big part of his life. He began piano at age 5 and has studied the instrument through private lessons for 10 years. He has been a member of the Fourth Baptist band and percussion ensemble for the last eight years. To take his mallet skills to the next level, he has studied privately with Joel Alexander at Wayzata High School for the past two years. Jason also sings in the school choir and mixed ensemble. In addition, he plays in the school platinum handbell choir. He enjoys the opportunities through his church to play percussion in the orchestra, participate in the adult handbell choir and play piano for youth group and evening service preludes.
This Season’s Key Dates:
Deadline for Submissions:
March 29, 2019
April 18, 2019
Season Finale Performance Date:
May 4, 2019, 7:30PM
The Plymouth Concert Band High School Soloist Competition is open to high school aged woodwind, brass or percussion student instrumentalists who meet one of the following requirements:
are in grades 9–12, in any public or private school district directly bordering Plymouth including Wayzata, Orono, Robbinsdale, Minnetonka, Hopkins, Maple Grove, St. Louis Park, Osseo, Rockford, and Delano
reside in Plymouth, but attend grades 9–12 at public or private schools elsewhere
are of high school age (14–18), reside in Plymouth, and are home schooled
Rules & Process
Competitors will prepare an audio recording of a solo piece of their own selection according to the guidelines set forth below. We recommend you have a piano accompaniment.
The piece must be recorded to YouTube as an “unlisted” link to be submitted via the entry form.
A panel of judges will listen to the recordings without knowledge of the competitor’s name or school. Judges’ decisions are final and the PCB reserves the right to not declare Finalists or a Winner.
Up to three (3) Finalists will be invited to a live panel audition at which they are required to supply their own accompanist.
The Winner will be invited to participate at the Season Finale concert and are required to supply their own accompanist. A small stipend will be provided to the Winner’s accompanist. The Season Finale performance is a requirement to receive the Scholarship Prize, and to be declared the official Winner.
Participation in the contest implies that participants agree that their names and photos may be used for publicity of the competition and the performance with the Plymouth Concert Band.
There are no exceptions to the submission deadline.
Music Selection Criteria
There is no grade level or difficulty requirement for the musical selection. However, the difficulty of the piece will be a factor in judging.
The preliminary audition piece should be between three and six minutes long. If performing an excerpt of a larger piece, be sure the excerpt fits within the time requirements. Entries outside this time requirement will be disqualified.
Alterations in the music to comply with time limits should involve deleting repeated sections rather than omitting essential parts of the piece.
Playing one or more movements of a piece, rather than the entire piece, is permitted within the time limits set forth above. If two or more movements must be used to meet the minimum time, they should be contrasting movements.
Accompaniment parts must be played, whether by an accompanist or SmartMusic.
Competitors need not memorize their pieces, nor will memorization be a factor in judging.
Judges will consider the following criteria in selecting finalists and the competition winner:
A characteristic well-supported tone on your instrument.
Accurate notes and intonation.
Technical facility and clean, accurate articulation.
Steady pulse and accurate rhythms.
Dynamics played as written; with obvious contrast between dynamic levels.
Shaping of phrases and breathing in appropriate places.
Appropriate tempo established.
Style appropriate for the piece.
Your emotional engagement with your piece.
Level of overall difficulty of the piece, and your mastery of it.