Repertoire Pre- Approval: Students who wish to participate in the competition must email Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association Director, Gary Nicholson, at email@example.com, to receive pre-approval of their concerto movement before submitting their application *Application form will be available at PPMTA website in September 2019.
PPMTA and the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony have collaborated to create a Piano Concerto Competition beginning in 2018 with the winner performing their concerto with the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony in late February, early March. We are optimistic that this may be the beginning of opportunities for other joint efforts in the years ahead:
To include piano students in a group of the finest young musicians from Colorado Springs and the surrounding area to rehearse and perform together under inspiring leadership.
To afford piano students the experience of performing with other instruments.
To afford students the opportunity to perform under a director/conductor.
To develop performers and audiences for the future.
To offer students opportunities to broaden their repertoire.
To ultimately increase the number of string teacher members by building relationships.
To create an environment that may allow piano student participation in Chamber Groups in future years.
Eligibility: non-collegiate piano students of PPMTA, SCMTA and non-MTA members teaching in the area.
Literature: Teacher is asked to contact Gary Nicholson, Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Music Director, for approval of concerto repertoire prior to serious study. Note the link to the Literature Guide available above.
Audition Requirements: Student performs one movement of a piano concerto by memory with accompanist. Allowed 10 minutes.
Judges: Three including Gary Nicholson, CSYSA Music Director.
Prizes: The Winner performs with the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony on March 10, 2019 at 3:00 PM at the ENT Center For the Performing Arts.
PPMTA/CSYSA Piano Concerto Competition a Success!
Benjamin Randall performed Piano Concerto in Eb Major, Op. 73 by Beethoven and won first place this past Saturday at the PPMTA/CSYSA Piano Concerto Competition. He is a student of Dr. Joan Sawyer. He will be performing with the Youth Symphony on March 10, 2019 at 3 PM at the ENT Center under the direction of Gary Halvorson, CSYS Music Director. Mark your calendars! Dr. Ofer Ben-Amots awarded Benjamin a full tuition scholarship to his International Summer Academy of Music in Ochsenhausen, Germany taking place between July 25 and August 9, 2019.
Shannon Spahr played Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22 by Saint-Saens and placed 2nd. Her teacher is Kelly Zuercher. She was also awarded a $500 Scholarship to attend the Lamont School of Music Summer Program.
Ian Patterson played Concerto in a minor, Op. 54 by Schumann, accompanied by Jennifer Swendson and placed third. His teacher is Linda Skaret. He was also awarded a Scholarship to the Pueblo and Southern Colorado Adventure Music Camp from Dr. Zahari Metchkov.
Elia Muncey, student of Jodie Jensen, NCTM and Annie Qin, student of Dr. Jan Saffir, were awarded Honorable Mentions and Scholarships to the Pueblo and Southern Colorado Adventure Music Camp.
Ian Patterson and Sahana Datar were also awarded scholarships to the Adventure Music Camp.
Thank you to Colorado College and their Staff for the use of their facility. Competition judges were Gary Nicholson, Dr. Zahari Metchkov and Dr. Ofer Ben-Amots. Festival chairs were Barbara Taylor, NCTM and Mary Beth Shaffer, NCTM.