“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, in conjunction with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, is pleased to announce its annual concerto competition for high school musicians. The winner will appear as a guest soloist with the U.S. Marine Band and receive a $2,500 scholarship from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. The runner up will receive a $500 scholarship.
The 2019 competition is open to high school musicians (grades 9-12) enrolled during the 2018-19 academicyear. Performers of woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments may apply. Previous competition winners and immediate family members of current or former U.S. Marine Band members are not eligible, and all applicants must be U.S. citizens.
Applicants must select ONE of the works listed for their instrument in the application packet and submit an audio recording of their performance of that selection accompanied by piano, band, or orchestra. (Video submissions will not be accepted.)
All applications should include the following:• a completed application form• a letter of recommendation from a teacher familiar with the student’s musicianship• an unedited audio recording of the applicant performing their selected work. (Please do not send video.)
Application packets must be postmarked or time stamped by Nov. 15, 2018
Electronic submission requires the applicant to have a cloud file storage account (such as Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Box, etc.)
• The application may be signed by typing the signatory’s name.• Applicants should create a folder for the complete submission package; the folder should be named as follows: lastname_firstinitialmiddleinitial_instrument_competition Ex: smith_jc_clarinet_competition
The two components of the application package that should be contained within the created folder should be named as follows:
Audio File/Recording: lastname_ firstinitialmiddleinitial _instrument_recording Ex: smith_jc_clarinet_recording
Recommendation Letter: lastname_ firstinitialmiddleinitial _instrument_recommendation# (Recommendations may be submitted as one document if preferred.) Ex: smith_jc_clarinet_recommendation1
Applicants should “send link” or “share” the completed application package folder with firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not email the application folder itself; only email the invitation/link as prescribed by the cloud application.
Based on the application materials, finalists will be selected and invited to Washington, D.C., to compete in afinal round that will be open to the public. All finalists will be notified by Jan. 1, 2018. The finals will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in the John Philip Sousa Band Hall at the Marine Barracks Annex in Washington, D.C., and will be streamed live at www.marineband.marines.mil and www.youtube.com/usmarineband. Finalists will perform the same selection submitted with their application materials in front of an audience and panel of judges consisting of the Marine Band Director, the Marine Band Assistant Directors, and a special guest adjudicator to be announced at a later date.
The Marine Band will provide a pianist to accompany each contestant for the final round. Contestants will have the opportunity to be coached by a Marine Band member during their rehearsal with the pianist (see Timeline below). If preferable, contestants may bring their own accompanist.
The winner will be invited to perform their solo selection in concert with the Marine Band in the Washington, D.C. area, at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 31, 2019, and will receive a $2,500 scholarship from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. The runner up will receive a $500 scholarship from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. Memorization is not required.
Contestants selected for the final round of the competition in Washington, D.C., will be responsible for theirown travel and lodging expenses. Travel and lodging will be provided for the winner and one guardian for the solo performance with the Marine Band on March 31, 2019.
2019 Competition Timeline:
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018Application packets are due and must be postmarked or time stamped by this date.
Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019Finalists will be notified on or before this date.
Final Round in Washington, D.C.
Friday, Feb. 15, 2019Rehearsal with Marine Band pianist and coaching session with a Marine Band soloist
Saturday Feb. 16, 2019Final round in John Philip Sousa Band Hall, 2 p.m. (open to public) and streamed live at www.marineband.marines.mil and www.youtube.com/usmarineband(Memorization is not required.)
Performance with the Marine Band
Sunday, March 31, 2019The competition winner will return to Washington, D.C., to perform his or her solo selection at a Marine Band concert during the 2019 regular concert season. The winner will have ample rehearsal time with the ensemble as well as a sound check in the performance space. Travel and lodging for this performance will be provided for the winner and one guardian. (Memorization is not required.)
For any additional questions, please contact Captain Ryan Nowlin at (202) 433-4002 or email@example.com.
2019 Competition Repertoire (Please select ONE of the following solos):
FluteCécile Chaminade: Concertino for Flute, Op. 107Otar Gordeli: Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, Op. 8
OboeNicolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Variations on a Theme by GlinkaWolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Oboe Concerto in C, K. 314, Mvt. 1
ClarinetHenri Rabaud: Solo de Concours, Op. 10Carl Maria von Weber: Concertino for Clarinet, Op. 26
BassoonWolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in B-flat, K. 191, Mvt. 1Carl Maria von Weber: Bassoon Concerto in F, Op. 75, Mvt. 1
Alto SaxophonePaul Creston: Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Band, Op. 26, Mvts. 2 and 3Alexander Glazunov: Alto Saxophone Concerto in E-flat, Op. 109
TrumpetJoseph Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat, Mvt. 1, OR Mvts. 2 and 3Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat, Mvt. 1, OR Mvts 2 and 3
HornRichard Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1, Op. 11, Mvts. 2 and 3Camille Saint-Saëns: Morceau de Concert, Op. 94
Tenor TromboneFerdinand David: Concertino, Mvts. 2 and 3Henri Tomasi: Trombone Concerto, Mvt. 1 OR Mvts. 2 and 3
Bass TromboneJean-Michel Defaye: Two Dances (Deux Danses) ALLAlexey Lebedev: Concerto in One Movement
EuphoniumYasuhide Ito: Fantasy Variations for Euphonium and BandRolf Wilhelm: Concertino for Euphonium and Band
TubaEdward Gregson: Concerto for Tuba, Mvts. 2 and 1, OR Mvts. 2 and 3Rolf Wilhelm: Concertino for Tuba and Wind Instruments, all Mvts.
Mallet PercussionNey Rosauro: Concerto for Marimba, Mvts. 1 and 4Darius Milhaud: Concerto for Marimba and Vibraphone, Op. 278, Mvts. 1 and 3
Additionally, complete the application below: