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Mary West Solo Competition

Volunteer coordinator needed

MNSOTA is looking for a team of volunteers to coordinate the Mary West Solo Competition this fall. Faith Farr serves as Board Liaison.

We already have helpers willing to set the date and find the space, and to hire the judges and run the audition day. We need one or two additional helpers. 

Helper 1 would be responsible for confirming prizes (requiring a few phone calls in the spring), and then processing applications, setting the audition schedule, and communicating the audition results to students and teachers and prize donors (requiring work from late September through early November). 

Helper 2 would be responsible for running the Winners Recital (usually early November) — get helpers to make sure students get to the green room on time, set up the reception etc. One person could do both jobs. 

Please contact Faith Farr with questions or to volunteer.

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, noon-6:00 pm — competition; prelims are usually over around 4:00, with call-backs after that.
November 10, 7:00 p.m. — Winners Recital at Lloyd Ultan Hall, U of M School of Music - map
April 5, 2020, 3:00 p.m. — Grand Prize Winner in performance with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra (visit their website for more details).

Congratulations to the 2018 winners:

Givens Violins Grand Prize - $250 from Claire Givens Violins and Concerto Performance with the Bloomington, MN Symphony on February 24, 2019 - Cate Carson, violin (Sally O’Reilly) – Saint-Saens – Concerto No. 3, III. Molto moderato e maestoso - Allegro

CodaBow Prize - Imala Witherspoon, viola (Kory Konkel and Sally O’Reilly) – J.S. Bach – Solo Violin Sonata in G minor, II. Fugue

Claire Givens Violins – $75 Gift Certificates
Elementary – Evelyn Chow, violin (Nancy Lokken) – Vivaldi – Concerto in G Minor, I. Allegro
Intermediate – Dennis Eum, cello (Mina Fischer) – Saint-Saens – Concerto, III. Allegro non troppo
Senior – Michael Chu, violin (Sally O’Reilly) – Sarasate - Zigeunerweisen

Performance Awards
Elementary Division - Una O’Brien, violin (Sally O’Reilly) – Kroll – Donkey Doodle
Intermediate Division - Vladimir Tsiper, violin (Lucinda Marvin) – Polonaise de Concert, op. 4
Junior Division
Joyce Zhao, violin (Sally O’Reilly) – Hindemith – Solo Violin Sonata op. 31, no. 1, III. Sehr lebhafte Viertel
Hwi-Sung “Harrison” Oh, cello (Tanja Remenikova) – Ligeti – Cello Sonata in G minor, I. Diagolo
James Thompson, violin (Sally O’Reilly) – Ysaye – Sonata No. 4, III. Presto ma non troppo
Senior Division
Morganne McIntyre, violin (Sally O’Reilly) – J.S. Bach – Solo Violin Sonata #2 in A minor, III. Andante
Juntak Lee, cello (Tanja Remenikova) – J.S. Bach – Cello Suite No. 3, I. Prelude

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:
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