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Mary West Solo Competition

Mary West Solo Competition 2020

Cancelled due to Covid!

We look forward to holding the competition again in the fall of 2021

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 of the current school year and students whose birthday is January 1 should compete in the younger of the two categories.

Important Dates
early October — usual deadline for on-line applications
late October/early November — competition usually at Augsburg University Music Building - map
early November — Winners Recital usually at Lloyd Ultan Hall, U of M School of Music - map
March /April — Grand Prize Winner usually in performance with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra (visit their website for more details).

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,
Aug 27, 2020, 4:30 PM