Peter Perret Youth Talent Search

 
Each year the Winston-Salem Symphony conducts a talent search to identify gifted and accomplished young musicians. Maestro Peter Perret, conductor emeritus of the Winston-Salem Symphony, established the competition as a means of helping to develop young talent, and as a way of recognizing and supporting the teachers and families of musically gifted students.

Participation in the competition also provides students with information and motivation to continue their musical studies. Many have gone on to become professional musicians, including the winner of the very first Peter Perret Youth Talent Search, who is now a member of the New York Philharmonic.

Rules and Regulations

Applicants compete in two age categories:
Junior Level: ages 8 – 12
Senior Level: ages 13 – senior year of high school
Note: age as of first day of preliminary competition; proof of age required on the day of the competition

First, second, and third place winners will be named from each age group. First place winners will be invited to perform with the Winston-Salem Symphony on the upcoming Concert for Community on Saturday, February 2, 2019 in Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University. (No ties will be awarded; Judges reserve the right to not award any prizes)

Competitors must currently reside in the state of North Carolina.

First Place Cash Award— $250
Second Place Cash Award— $150
Third Place Cash Award— $100

Application Procedure and Deadlines:

A $35 registration fee ($25 for each additional sibling), must be brought to the preliminary competition. Arrangements for financial assistance must be made prior to the audition. If you are in need of financial assistance, please specify on the registration form, and arrangements can be discussed.
Proof of North Carolina residency may be required.

Registration is now closed.

Repertoire:

A movement from a concerto is recommended, but other pieces suitable for orchestra are possible. Applicants must provide three (3) copies of music for the judges at the time of the competition. Pieces that are more than 10 minutes in length will need to be cut to fit the allotted time, both in the audition and for the concert performance, should the applicant win.

Accompanists:

For an accompanist for the Winston-Salem preliminary round and final round, contact Nancy Johnston, johnstonn@uncsa.edu

An accompanist for the Charlotte preliminary round will be named soon.

Auditions:

  • It is preferred that auditions be performed from memory, but not required.
  • Auditions are scheduled in 10 minute segments and competitors will be stopped if the length of the composition exceeds 10 minutes.
  • Applicants cannot win more than once in the same age category.
  • No more than eight applicants per age category will advance to the Finals.
  • After the competition, applicants will receive written results of the competition and feedback from the judges.
  • All decisions are final and may not be appealed.

Dates and Locations

Preliminary Round:
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Noon – 6:00 pm
Crawford Hall at UNCSA
Winston-Salem, NC
OR
Sunday, December 2, 2018
Noon – 4:00 pm
Bryant Hall, Central Piedmont Community College
Charlotte, NC

Final Round:
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Noon – 4:00 pm
Crawford Hall, UNCSA
Winston-Salem, NC

For first-place winners

Dress Rehearsal—Saturday, February 2, 2019
10:00am-12:30pm
Wait Chapel, Wake Forest University

Performance—Saturday, February 2, 2019
3:00pm
Wait Chapel, Wake Forest University

Questions?

Please contact Charley Bryant at cbryant@wssymphony.org.

Preliminary Round:
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Noon – 6:00 pm
Crawford Hall at UNCSA
Winston-Salem, NC
OR
Sunday, December 2, 2018
Noon – 4:00 pm
Bryant Hall, Central Piedmont Community College
Charlotte, NC

Final Round:
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Noon – 4:00 pm
Crawford Hall, UNCSA
Winston-Salem, NC

Registration is now closed.

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