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 26*) students prepare two pieces in contrasting styles by different composers. Determine student's age as of January 1 of the current school year (as of 1/1/2022 for the November 2021 competition). Students whose birthday is January 1 should compete in the younger of the two categories.
*In October 2021, the MNSOTA Board decided to extend the age range for the Senior Division to "age 19 through 26" for the 2021 competition so that college students who missed the chance of competing last year can participate this year. We anticipate the age range will return to "age 19 through 25" for the competition next year.
Information you will need to register includes:
Rules Summary — download the PDF below for complete rules
Download the FAQs doc below for explanation of the rules
Students are required to play all works by memory, except Classical, Romantic or Modern sonatas.
Students must prepare complete works or complete single movements; cuts are encouraged in piano tutti sections. Because the audition time may be shorter than the entire length of the piece(s), teachers should suggest appropriate cuts for the audition presentation. However, students are expected to prepare the entire piece(s), and the judges may ask for any portion outside of the cuts the teacher suggests.
Elementary and Intermediate level students should prepare a maximum of 4 minutes of music from one piece;
Junior and Senior level students should prepare a maximum of 8 minutes of music from two contrasting pieces.
Elementary and Intermediate level students will be allocated a 6-minute time slot; Junior and Senior level students will be allocated a 10-minute time slot. Students will be stopped by the competition timer 4 or 8 minutes after they start, allowing the extra two minutes for passing time and tuning.
Important Dates for 2021-2022
Tuesday October 19 - registration deadline
Sunday November 14, 7:00 pm — Winners Recital at Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall, Ferguson Hall, UMN School of Music - map.
Sunday February 27, 2022, afternoon — Grand Prize Winner 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 email@example.com.