Mary West Solo Competition

(updated 10/26/2022)

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 of the current school year (as of 1/1/2023 for the November 2022 competition). Students whose birthday is January 1 should compete in the younger of the two categories.

Registration has closed for the 2022 competition

Please join us for the Winners Recital

Sunday November 13, 7:00 p.m.

Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall

University of Minnesota School of Music

2106 4th St. S., Minneapolis map

The closest public parking ramp is 21st Ave Ramp, 400 - 21st Ave S, at S. 4th Street.

Winners Recital Program

Elementary Division

Arthur Scott, Violin student of Lucinda Marvin

Haesche, Gavotte Rococo

Kate Gao, Violin student of Elizabeth Ericksen

Mollenhauer, The Boy Paganini

Claire Givens Violins — Gift Certificate Winner

Intermediate Division

Anahit (Aeon) Bashir, Cello student of David Holmes and Teresa Richardson

Saint-Saëns, Concerto, a min, mvt 1

Ella Wan, Violin student of Sally O'Reilly

Mlynarski, Mazurka

Lorelei Schoenhard, Violin student of Marion Judish

Saint-Saëns, Concerto No. 3, b min, mvt 1

Claire Givens Violins — Gift Certificate Winner

Junior Division

Joshua Moon, Cello student of Mara Stojkovic

Fauré, Après un Rêve

Charlotte Lee, Violin student of Sally O'Raily

Hindemith, Sonata, Op 31 #1, mvt 1

Senior Division

Elizabeth Bergmann, Violin student of Sally O'Reilly

Bach, Sonata No. 2, AM, vn & pf, mvt 2

Ingrid Tverberg, Cello student of Ben Osterhouse

Elgar, Concerto, mvt 4

Claire Givens Violins — Gift Certificate Winner

Claire Givens Violins — Grand Prize Winner

Ruth Conry, Violin student of Sally O'Reilly

Sibelius, Concerto, d min, mvt 1

Honorable Mention

So Many students performed at a high level that not all could be put on the Winners Recital because of time. The judges recognize the following students with an Honorable Mention:

Elementary Division

Jeremy Liu, Violin student of Natalia Moiseeva

Úna O'Brien, Violin student of Sally O'Reilly

Intermediate Division

Blair Bartels Sperry, Violin student of Lucinda Marvin

Evelyn Chow, Violin student of Nancy Lokken

Junior Division

Rebecca Hall, Violin student of Ian Snyder

Evan Hsieh, Violin student of Mark Bjork

Senior Division

Jennifer Lee, Violin student of Sally O'Reilly

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.

Covid Policies

Because of the continuing covid pandemic, MNSOTA will continue to follow national, state and local guidelines to promote the safety of everyone involved in our events. Please check back close to the audition / concert times for any changes to these guidelines.

As of August 2022, we anticipate no masking or distancing mandates. However, we encourage all participants to keep vaccinations and booster shots up-to-date, to isolate and get tested when sick, and to wear a mask if you have been exposed or are recovering from covid.

Important Dates for 2022-2023

Tuesday October 25 - registration deadline

Saturday November 12, noon-6:00 pm — competition at Anderson Music Hall, Augsburg University; First Round expected noon–3:30, with Second Round after that. Street map. Campus map

Sunday November 13, 7:00 pm — Winners Recital at Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall, Ferguson Hall, UMN School of Music - map.

Sunday February 26, 2023, 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

Scheduling Guidelines.

In 2022, the First Round will be held noon-3:30 pm. Students will be selected for the Winners Recital, Sunday Nov 13, based on their First Round performance.

Those students playing a concerto / concert piece for solo and orchestra may be asked to play a second time, at around 4:004:50 for the full panel of judges for consideration for the Givens Violins Grand Prize / Bloomington Symphony Concerto performance. Please plan on being available noon-3:30 if you are not playing a concerto / concert piece for solo and orchestra, and noon-5:00 if you are playing a concerto / concert piece.

- in the First Round, all students in the same age group must be heard by the judges in one block so judges can select winners from each age group for the Winners Recital

- scheduling is adjusted to give accompanists playing for many students a sensible schedule, especially if they need to switch rooms for different age groups during the First Round.

- students selected for the unaccompanied Second Round will be announced soon after the end of the First Round, when the judges have made a thoughtful decision.

We regret that it is a long day for students involved in the Second Round. We appreciate good humor from parents and students to help make the day go smoothly for everyone. If you are assigned an early audition time, please plan on filling the time until call-backs are announced. Bring a book or your homework; go to nearby restaurants.

Special Scheduling Requests

Because judges must hear students in the same age level in a block, we can accommodate special scheduling requests only within that block. If you have a special scheduling request, you must indicate it on the application form.

More About Mary West

Minnesota Public Radio also has a very good biography of Mary West's life and teaching at: