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Mary West Solo Competition

Winners Recital Nov 10, 7 pm, Lloyd Ultan Hall, U of MN

Plan on attending the Mary West Solo Competition Winners Recital

Sunday Nov 10, 7 pm

Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall, U of MN music building

Congratulations to students chosen to perform on the Winners Recital:


Evelyn Chow, violin student of Nancy Lokken: Mollenhauer, The Boy Paganini 
Eira Lindberg, violin student of Mark Bjork — Givens Gift Certificate Prize: Vivaldi, Concerto in G minor, I.Allegro

Ruth Conry, violin student of Sally O’Reilly: Kabalevsky, Concerto in C, Allegro molto e con brio 
Grace Weitzel, violin student of Aaron Janse — Givens Gift Certificate Prize: Sarasate, Zigeunerweisen

Dennis Eum, cello student of Mina Fisher: Kabalevsky Concerto #1 in G minor, Allegro

Patrick Hyatte, violin student of Sally O’Reilly: Barber, Concerto, I. Allegro
Daniel Keeler, cello student of Tanya Remenikova — Givens Gift Certificate Prize: Britten Cello Suite #1, Canto primo: Sostenuto e largamente

CodaBow Prize
James Thompson, violin student of Sally O'Reilly: Sarasate, Carmen Fantasy

Claire Givens Violins Grand Prize
Sofia Schutte, violin student of Sally O'Reilly: Prokofiev, Concerto #1 in D, Andantino

In addition to the performers on the recital, the judges recognize the following students with Honorable Mention. These students will not perform, but will receive a certificate of accomplishment at the recital:
    Kana Aihara, violin student of Stephanie Arado
    Vladimir Tsiper, violin student of Lucinda Marvin
    Alexander Steil, cello student of Greg Marget

The Mary West Solo Competition is held annually in the fall for students of the violin, viola, cello, bass, harp and classical guitar. Participants must be MNSOTA members or students of MNSOTA members. Partic
ipants must live in Minnesota or study in Minnesota. Students in Elementary Division (age 11 and under ) and Intermediate Division (age 12 to 14) prepare one piece. Junior Division (age 15 to 18) and Senior Division (age 19 through 25) students prepare two pieces in contrasting styles by different composers. Determine student's age as of January 1, 2020, and students whose birthday is January 1 should compete in the younger of the two categories.

Important Dates for 2019-20
October 8, 2019 — deadline for on-line applications
October 27, 1:00-5:00 pm — competition at Augsburg University Music Building - map
For the 2019 schedule, prelims will be over at 3:10 followed by judges break and consultation, with call-backs after that.
November 10, 7:00 p.m. — Winners Recital at Lloyd Ultan Hall, U of M School of Music - map

CANCELLED due to COVID-19 concerns:
April 5, 2020, 3:00 p.m. — Grand Prize Winner in performance with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra (visit their website for more details).  This performance may be reschedule in Fall 2020 if possible.

For more information about the Mary West Solo Competition, contact Faith Farr at

More About Mary West
Minnesota Public Radio also has a very good biography of Mary West's life and teaching at:
Faith Farr,
Oct 20, 2013, 10:45 AM
Faith Farr,
Sep 2, 2019, 10:02 AM