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2019 Youth Concerto Competition

posted Nov 15, 2018, 8:25 PM by Durham Community Concert Band   [ updated Jan 18, 2019, 8:41 AM ]

The Durham Community Concert Band (DCCB) invites young artists to enter its BI-ANNUAL YOUTH CONCERTO COMPETITION. This contest is designed to give young wind and percussion players an opportunity to perform as soloists with the DCCB, and to encourage young artists by awarding cash prizes to be used at the winners’ discretion to further their studies on their instruments. The selected winner(s) will perform with the Durham Concert Band on the April 14th, 2019 at North Carolina School of Math and Science, Durham, NC. 


First Prize will be a cash award of $500 and a guaranteed opportunity to perform with DCCB.

Second Prize will be a cash award of $250 and the probability of performing with DCCB, as time permits.


The 2019 DCCB Youth Concerto Competition is open to high school and middle school wind and percussion players ages 14-19 on March 15th 2019 who reside or study in Durham-area counties: Secondary schools of Durham, Orange, Person, Chatham, and Wake. There is no application fee to enter the competition. 


Applicants must complete an Application Form and submit one Letter of Recommendation from a private teacher or band director. DCCB Board Members and Music Director will review applications and select those who are eligible to audition. Those selected for auditions must prepare a substantial section from a concerto or another solo work with band accompaniment for their particular instrument and must provide their own piano accompanist for the audition. Audition repertoire may be selected from the list of suggestions on our website or enclosed. Other pieces may be proposed if there are suitable wind-band arrangements available for purchase or rental. Applicants proposing to perform a work not on the suggested list should consult with the Music Director before auditioning on that work. The panel of judges will consist of well-qualified wind/percussion professionals and adjudicators. Those auditioning must provide three copies of the music for the judges. The winner(s) of the competition must be available to rehearse with DCCB on Thursday evenings in Durham for up to three weekly rehearsals before the April 14th, 2019 concert. 


Application Deadline

Applications must be received by Monday January 28th, 2019. - new deadline


Applicants will be notified if selected to audition and given an audition time by January 31st


Audition time Saturday February 16th from 10:00-1:00 at the Durham Arts Council

Building, 120 Morris Street in Durham. Each person will be assigned a time for his/her audition. 

Piano accompanist is not required for the audition.


How to Apply

Download the Application and Concerto List.  Links are below.

Be sure to keep a copy of the above information. 

Request a letter of recommendation from a private teacher or band director. 

Mail your completed application and letter of recommendation to arrive by January 14th, 2019 to:

Durham Community Concert Band / Concerto Competition
P.O. Box 52133
Durham, NC 27717 

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