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Mary West Solo Competition

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. Participants 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, 2019, and students whose birthday is January 1 should compete in the younger of the two categories.

Important Dates for 2018-19
October 9 — Online Application Deadline
October 28, 1:00-6:00 p.m. — Competition at Augsburg College - map
November 11, 7:00 p.m. — Winners Recital at Lloyd Ultan Hall, U of M School of Music - map
February 24, 2019, 3:00 p.m. — Grand Prize Winner in performance with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra (visit their website for more details).

Division winners get a $75 gift certificate from Claire Givens Violins; the violin/viola/cello/bass student with "the most beautiful bow arm" receives a CodaBow Diamond SX bow or CodaBow Infinity bass bow; the Grand Prize Winner receives a $250 cash prize from Givens Violins and plays a movement from a concerto with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra.

For more information about the Mary West Solo Competition, Eric Olson at

Online Application/Entry Forms:

2018 Elem & Interm - Mary West Solo Competition Entry Form

2018 Senior & Junior - Mary West Solo Competition Entry Form -

Last Year's Mary West Solo Competition Winners

The Winners Recital program will include:
Givens Violins Grand Prize — Katia Tesarczyk – violin student of Sally O’Reilly — Mendelssohn Concerto

CodaBow Prize — Michael Chu – violin student of Sally O’Reilly — Stravinsky Concerto

All String Attached Gift Cards
Elementary – Vladimir Tsiper – violin student of Cindy Marvin — Sarasate Malagueña
Intermediate – James Thompson – violin student of Sally O’Reilly — Wieniawski Concerto
Junior – Joyce Zhao – violin student of Sally O’Reilly — Bach Partita #3

Performance Awards
Intermediate Division
Kana Aihara – violin student of Stephanie Arado — Kabalevsky Concerto
Jennifer Lee – violin student of Sally O’Reilly — Lalo Symphonie Espagnole

Junior Division
Catherine Carson – violin student of Sally O’Reilly — Kroll Banjo and Fiddle
Maria Chirinos – violin student of Sally O’Reilly — Ysaÿe Sonata 3
Matthew Pakola – violin student of Sally O’Reilly — Bacewicz Four Caprices

Senior Division
Mary Alice Hutton – violin student of Sally O’Reilly — Paganini Cantabile
Morganne McIntyre – violin student of Sally O’Reilly — Bach Sonata #2

In addition to the performers on the recital, the judges wanted to recognize the following student with an Honorable Mention:
Sofia Schutte – violin student of Sally O’Reilly

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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