Young Artist Concerto Gala seeks talented students to perform
Some exciting news is coming to us from the Mozart School of Music. The school is making final preparations to host its Young Artist Concerto Gala 2015 on March 8th, 2015 at the Chan Centre for Performing Arts and has extended its application deadline from October 31st to November 7th. This is an opportunity for talented students to perform with a professional orchestra- the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra- at the prestigious Chan Centre. Last year’s event was sold out.
According to Mozart School of Music Director, Olga Lockwood, only 1 in 100, 000 music students ever get the opportunity to play with a live orchestra. When the school opened in 2009 Lockwood had a vision of providing the opportunity for students to perform with a professional orchestra. Her dream led her to the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra where she met with Conductor Kenneth Hsieh.
“[Hsieh's] goals aligned with mine in that he wanted to give young professional orchestra players an opportunity to perform,” says Lockwood. “The training to perform with an orchestra is so different from the goals in our teaching studios, for recitals, competitions or examinations. This opportunity is very unique and stretches our gifted young students to a higher level. I am so excited that we can provide this training and this wonderful professional experience to students.”
The Gala is now entering its third year and past participants speak highly of it. 2014 participant, Ariel Mo, said after the event that: “It was truly a unique opportunity and I can’t properly express how thankful I am that I was able to be a part of it. Last night was my first performance with orchestra and it was simply, well, amazing. Neither my parents nor I can thank you enough for organizing all of this.”
To see a video of student Claire Lee (who went on to win the Seattle International Piano Competition) performing at last year’s gala, click here. The audition requires one movement of a concerto or one advance repertoire limited to 15 minutes. The acceptance fee for young pianists who pass the audition is $5, 000. The acceptance fee includes 3 masterclasses, 2 dress rehearsals with orchestra, practice rooms, accompanist fees for 4 recitals/mastercleasses, professional headshots, hair and makeup specialists on the day of performance, lunch the day of performance, free tickets for family, and a professional DVD recording of the concert. If you have a student who is interested in participating click here and download the application form located midway down the page. Email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Best of luck!