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Young Artists Early Music Competition
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Beginning in 2005, the Walgreens Concerto Competition is adding an Early Music Category.
 
The Ars Antigua-Midwest Young Artists Early Music Competition is sponsored by Walgreens. The winners will perform April 29 at the first concert of the 2005 Bach Week festival (see http://www.bachweek.org/).
 
The MYA Division competition will be held January 2, 2005. The Open Division competition will take place on January 9, 2005.
 
For more information about the competition, please visit http://www.mya.org/competition.php.
 
For more information about the Ars Antigua Young Artists' Program, visit http://earlymusichicago.org/cgi-bin/yabb_emc/YaBB.cgi?board=chicago_area _early_music;action=display;num=1099668795.
 
For more information about Midwest Young Artists, visit http://www.mya.org/.
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Re: Young Artists Early Music Competition
« Reply #1 on: Feb 25th, 2005, 5:11pm »
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Well done Laura!   Grin
 
Laura won the open division of this competition with a piece she played on recorder.  This afternoon she and the winner of the other division played live on WFMT.
 
A live performance on WFMT: the pinnacle of musical performance in Chicago!  Wink  The sopranino was bubbly and perky.  Keep up the excellent musicmaking!
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« Reply #2 on: Mar 11th, 2005, 11:25pm »
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Wink Well, I've never had my playing described in that way before. Thanks a bunch!  
 
I'll also get to play the entire concerto at the Bach Week Fesitval in Evanston on April 29th. I've got my work cut out for me learning the whole piece, but at the same time I'm very excited.
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« Reply #3 on: Mar 13th, 2005, 3:15pm »
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Press Release  
Midwest Young Artists
878 Lyster Road
Highwood, IL. 60040
 
CONTACT:  Sarah Barnes, sarahbarnes@mya.org
Wk: 847-926-9898 ext. 306
Cell: 847-721-3680
 
Announcing Winners of the First Ever
Midwest Young Artists/Ars Antigua Early Music Competition

 
FORT SHERIDAN, IL March 13, 2005- Every year extraordinary music students travel from afar to compete in the largest and most prestigious concerto competition in the US.  In its 11th year, the Walgreens National Concerto Competition, hosted by Midwest Young Artists ( 878 Lyster Road Highwood, IL 60040 847-926-9898 ) drew more than 200 of the most talented young musicians from across the country for the two day event, January 2 & January 9, 2005.
 
Open to all instruments, including voice, the 2005 Walgreens' National Concerto Competition was divided into two levels, the Junior and Senior Level.  The Junior Level was open to 8th grade or younger musicians, while the Senior Level was for 9th - 12th grade students.  In addition, the competition was split into two divisions:  the MYA Division (January 2) and the Open Division (January 9).  The MYA Division was open to students who participate in the MYA Orchestra Program.  All other entries were eligible for the Open Division.
 
Beginning in 2005, MYA, in collaboration with the Chicago-based Baroque ensemble Ars Antigua, introduced an Early Music Category.  (Other categories included strings, piano, voice, and other instruments.)  Judging the competition were nationally known musicians and educators from top conservatories around the country.  In addition to scholarship prizes for each divisional category winner, the overall winner of the Early Music Category won the opportunity to perform on a concert during the 2005 Bach Week Festival in Evanston, Illinois.
 
Contestants were to prepare a movement from a concerto or a work that has an orchestral accompaniment. Selections were to be performed from memory with piano accompaniment.  Repertoire was suggested for the Early Music Category (especially for strings), but exceptions were permitted, as long as they represented music written before 1750. Players of harpsichord, viola da gamba and other string instruments, recorders and other wind instruments, also vocalists, were especially encouraged to participate in this category.
 
MYA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2005 Early Music Competition.  They include:
 
Laura Brooks, Early Music Winner of the MYA Junior Division, has been studying flute for three years with Shanna Gutierrez.  She is an honor roll student in the sixth grade at Hawthorn Middle School in Vernon Hills, Illinois.  Laura is a member of the Prep Orchestra of the Midwest Young Artists.  In addition to being a student member of the Chicago Flute Club, Laura is also active in dance, both ballet and jazz.  For the competition, Laura performed the first movement of the Vivaldi Concerto III.
 
Ken Fuller, Early Music Winner of the MYA Senior Division, has been playing double bass since third grade.  Currently a sophomore, he is an honors student at Evanston Township High School (Illinois), where he participates in the school's classical and jazz programs.  Ken performs with the MYA Symphony Orchestra and chamber music program, and enjoys getting together with friends and playing electric bass in a rock band.  With these different groups, he has had the opportunity to perform at Northwestern University's Pick Staiger Concert Hall, the Harris Performance and Dance Theatre, Jazz Showcase, in two honors recitals at his school, and in other venues as well.  He currently takes lessons with Dr. Allan Dennis and has previously studied with Ms. Carol Rand.  For the competition, Ken performed the first and second movements of Eccles' Sonata.
 
Erika Gray, Early Music Winner of the Open Junior Division, began violin at the age of three and the viola at the age of five.  At age four, Erika performed at her first solo and chamber music recital with her siblings.  She has received many honors, some of which include:  first place in the youth division of the 2003 Chinese Fine Arts Society's Music Festival in Honor of Confucius Competition; second place at the 2004 Chicago Viola Society competition; and Gold Medal at the 2004 Sonata/Sonatina Piano Festival competition in Chicago.  Erika currently studies violin and viola with Desiree Ruhstrat, piano with Soo Lee, and composition with Matthew Hagel.  For the competition, Erika performed the Concerto in C minor by J.C. Bach.
 
Laura Osterlund, Early Music Winner of the Open Senior Division, has been playing the recorder for 4-1/2 years.  Laura is a sophomore at Oak Park River Forest High School (Illinois), where she also plays cello in the school's Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.  Laura performs extensively throughout the Chicago area as a soloist and in ensemble and is an active participant in the Early Music movement.  She has attended national recorder workshops, including the Amherst Early Music Festival, Indiana University Recorder Academy, Colorado Recorder Academy, Hesperus SoundCatcher, Whitewater Early Music Festival, and others.  Laura has studied recorder for the last three years with Mary Anne Wolff Gardner.  For the competition, Laura performed the Allegro movement from the Vivaldi Concerto in C for Sopranino recorder.
 
Midwest Young Artists ( 878 Lyster Road, Highwood, IL, 847-926-9898 ), is the leading youth-music ensemble program in the Midwest. Founded in 1993 by Dr. Allan Dennis with one orchestra, MYA has grown into a full-curriculum music school. Presently, MYA has five youth orchestras, more than 50 chamber music ensembles, three vocal ensembles, an all-inclusive jazz program, as well as classes in music theory and history. The program is for serious young musicians and dedicated amateurs. MYA is housed in its own state-of-the-art facility in the town of Fort Sheridan, which provides its students with large rehearsal halls, classrooms, a recording studio, and music library. MYA graduates are accepted at the most selective conservatories in the country.
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Re: Young Artists Early Music Competition
« Reply #4 on: Mar 31st, 2005, 6:19pm »
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On February 25, 2005, WFMT Radio broadcast the program "Introductions," featuring the two senior division winners of the recently held MYA/Ars Antigua Early Music Competition.
 
For more, visit:
 
http://earlymusichicago.org/cgi-bin/yabb_emc/YaBB.cgi?board=young_early_ musicians;action=display;num=1112314538
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