VISION AND MANDATE
To recognize excellence in musical aptitude and achievement among young musicians, while providing competition winners with exposure through the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Oakville Chamber Orchestra (OCO).
- be under 21 years of age for instrumentalists, and under 25 years of age for vocalists on the final competition day
- be Canadian citizen or Landed Immigrant
- reside in the province of Ontario
Previous year Grand Prize winners may not re-apply to the same category.
Applicants are categorized as follows to ensure fair competition:
- Junior — 17 years of age and under for instrumentalists.
(Vocalists compete in the Senior category.)
- Senior — 21 years of age and under for instrumentalists;
25 and under for vocalists.
NOTE: Entrants may compete in one category only. Applicants 17 years of age and under may opt to compete in the Senior category, however it is important to understand that all applicants in the Senior category will be judged at the same standard, regardless of age.
Repertoire / Music Selection
- Junior — Entrants must perform one movement of a concerto, memorized.
- Senior — Instrumentalists must perform an entire concerto, memorized.
— Vocalists must perform a suite of arias equivalent to 10 minutes of
performance time, memorized.
NOTE: Applicants must arrange for their own piano accompaniment, and are responsible for related costs. Applicants may enter the competition with any concerto of their choice, but should they win a prize based on their performance of a concerto composed for a full symphony orchestra they will be asked to select another work to perform in concert with the Oakville Chamber Orchestra. (Please see 1st place awards under Awards and Recognition below.) Only works for performance by a chamber orchestra are eligible for performance in concert with the OCO.
For this purpose, a chamber orchestra is defined as: maximum 2 flutes; 2 oboes; 2 clarinets; 2 bassoons; 2 French horns; 2 trumpets; timpani, plus up to 2 additional percussionists; 1 keyboard; 12 violins; 3 violas; 3 cellos; and 2 double basses. Continue
Awards and Recognition
Finest Oakville-based Musician*:
- $500 cheque
*Applicant must officially reside in Oakville at time of competition. This award
can be won in combination with another award.
All placed winners also receive:
- the opportunity to perform their concerto with the Oakville Chamber Orchestra during the following season, and
- the opportunity to serve as an ambassador, or liaison, representing the Oakville Chamber Orchestra to the public.
Application Process and Competition Procedure
A non-refundable $40 processing fee (payable by cheque or via the competition’s Eventbrite site) must be included with the application submission.
YCC 2017 Application Deadline: April 20, 2017, by which date the application, processing fee, and video URL of performance must be submitted. There is no deadline extension.
The competition takes place across 2 rounds, the second round serving as the final round.
Round 1: As part of the application process, each applicant must submit a video of themselves performing their piece with piano accompaniment, which will be play-listed on the Oakville Chamber Orchestra’s YouTube page (https://www.youtube.com/user/oakvillemusic).
YCC 2017 Round 1 deadline: April 20, 2017
The Jury: A panel of 3 nationally-recognized musician judges in addition to the Oakville Chamber Orchestra’s Music Director reviews each applicant’s video and selects which performances will proceed to the second round. Videos of applicants who are to proceed to the next round will be removed from the page.
Round 2 (Final Round): Applicants who qualify for this round will be invited to perform their piece live with their piano accompanist (at cost to the applicant) before a jury of nationally-recognized musicians, led by Oakville Chamber Orchestra’s Artistic Director Charles Demuynck. The Jury reserves the right to not award any winners in a given category if it is determined that performance quality is not at standard.
YCC 2017 Round 2: May 27, 2017 at Robert Lowrey Piano Experts — 943 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, ON, M4G 4B5.
Application Form: CLICK HERE to apply online!
Note: The OCO reserves the right to use the applicant’s image in promotional material.
We welcome your questions and comments! Phone 905-483-6787 or email us
mail [at] oakvillechamber [dot] org.
Write to Us
Attention: General Manager
Oakville Chamber Orchestra
PO Box 76036,
1500 Upper Middle Rd. West,
Oakville, ON, L6M-3H5
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