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.