NICO TOSCANO CONCERTO COMPETITION FOR YOUNG PERFORMERS
The Nico Toscano Concerto Competition supports emerging musicians at the high school and college levels, ages 16-22
EXTENDED DEADLINE for ALL APPLICANTS:
COLLEGE LEVEL STUDENTS:
this year's theme is music by living composers
EXPANDED THEME for HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:
we are widening the theme to include a work written 1950 or after by any composer
ADDITIONAL AUDITION OPTION FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS:
Video audition: submit a video by december 31
(or audition in person December 12)
College level students:
DATE: thursday, december 12, 2019
LOCATION: the hochstein school
High School level students:
DATE: students may submit a video by december 31
or may audition in person on december 12
LOCATION: the hochstein school
DEADLINE: EXTENDED TO Sunday, December 1
APPLICATION FEE: $20 // nonrefundable
you can use the donate button/pay-pal option on the support page or use the address // a check sent to our mailing address (see below) is also acceptable.
PERFORMANCE WITH CORDANCIA ON ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
tuesday, february 25, 2020 // backstage pass live on classical 91.5 fm with Julia figueras
saturday, february 29, 2020
sunday, march 1, 2020
contestants entering the competition must be available on all concert dates in order to participate in the competition
HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL WINNER: $200
COLLEGE LEVEL WINNER: $200
ELIGIBILITY AND GUIDELINES
INSTRUMENT: any orchestra instrument including piano // percussion contestants must provide their own instruments but please contact us with any questions
GEOGRAPHY: contestants must reside in or attend school in monroe county, ny
PREVIOUS WINNERS: may not compete in same category but a former high school winner may compete in the college category
THEME: works by living composers // please see further guidelines below
DURATION: approximately 10 minutes // max. 15 min
INSTRUMENTATION: chamber orchestra // less-traditional repertoire preferred!
ACCOMPANIMENT: required unless a piano reduction is not available // please contact us if you need help finding an accompanist
pia liptak (strings, piano, harp): firstname.lastname@example.org
kathleen suher (winds, percussion): email@example.com
c/o Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word
597 East Ave, Rochester
we welcome any piece that falls within the guidelines described here. the performance materials, however, must be available for us to purchase, rent or loan. we will be able to work with you to confirm availability of parts and score.
ORCHESTRATION: must be fit for a small orchestra, double winds/brass maximum. Orchestration may be solo with mixed chamber orchestra (including winds, strings, piano, harp, percussion) or for solo with all winds or all strings.
DURATION: approximately 10 (max. 15) minutes. the selection can be one or more movements or an entire piece. your audition will be approximately 10 minutes.
THEME: we are aiming for repertoire which is not mainstream concert repertoire.
COLLEGE LEVEL STUDENTS: this year's theme is music by living composers.
HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL STUDENTS: we are widening the theme to include a work by any composer written in 1950 or after.
if you are uncertain about a specific piece or if you can participate with your particular instrument, feel free to contact us at one of the above e-mail addresses.
we are looking forward to hear from you - and to hear you play!
The Nico Toscano Concerto Competition supports emerging musicians at the high school and college levels. Named in honor of Nico Toscano, this competition reflects the significant role music played in his short life, providing him with community participation and emotional and spiritual sustenance.
Even as Nico's physical abilities progressively decreased as a result of a long term mitochondrial disorder, attending student performances, RPO concerts, faculty recitals, and especially Cordancia concerts gave him great joy and comfort and progressively became his main source of communication with the world around him.
This competition, by offering the opportunity to perform solo with an orchestra and by providing financial support to students who plan to pursue music either as a career or avocation, celebrates the power music can have for healing, connection, and community.