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Durham Community Concert Band Youth Concerto Competition 2013

posted Dec 12, 2012, 8:59 AM by Durham Community Concert Band   [ updated Jan 7, 2015, 5:16 PM ]

The Durham Community Concert Band (DCCB) invites young artists to enter its second BIANNUAL 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 21, 2013 30th Anniversary Concert at the Carolina Theatre.


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 2013 DCCB Youth Concerto Competition is open to wind and percussion players ages 14-20 on April 21, 2013 who reside or study in Durham-area counties: Durham, Orange, 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 enclosed (below). 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, 2013 concert.



Applications must be received by Friday, February 1, 2013. 

Applicants will be notified if selected to audition and be given an audition time by Friday, February 8

Auditions will be held on Saturday, February 16, at the Durham Arts Council Building, 120 Morris Street in Durham. Each person will be assigned a time for his/her audition.


Download and complete the Application:

Be sure to keep a copy of the above information. 

Request a letter of recommendation from a private teacher or band director. Mail both of these to arrive by February 1 to:

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

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