STATEWIDE COMPETITION IN JANUARY – FEATURING YOUNG ARTISTS

Bozeman, January 2017 – Finalists will be performing in Bozeman as part of the biennial Young Artists Competition, on Saturday, January 14, 2017 on the campus of Montana State University-Bozeman, Reynolds Recital Hall (located inside Howard Hall). Young artists, ages 13 to 22 that play any of the standard orchestral instruments will be featured as part of this statewide competition. The competition is free and open to the public.

“The MASO Young Artists Competition has a great tradition of identifying and presenting some of the most talented musicians in our state. It’s a tremendous opportunity for young musicians to participate in the thrill of competition and to ultimately have the chance to play with a professional symphony orchestra. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime” said John Zoltek, chair of the Young Artists Competition and Music Director of the Glacier Symphony and Chorale. In addition to an opportunity to perform with a Montana symphony orchestra, winners of each division win a cash scholarship: Junior (ages 13-15), $450; Senior (age 16 through high school graduate), $650; and College (post high school through age 22), $1,000. Participating orchestras include the Glacier Symphony, Billings Symphony, Bozeman Symphony, Butte Symphony, Great Falls Symphony, and Helena Symphony.

Finalists are invited to perform in person and a panel of judges will announce the winners immediately following each division’s performance. Performance times will vary. For specific times, please contact the Bozeman Symphony at 406-585-9774 or info@bozemansymphony.org. The Young Artists Competition, which recognizes and nurtures talented young Montana musicians, is made possible, in part, through a legislative grant from Montana’s Cultural Trust and grants from the Montana Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on the MASO Young Artist’s Competition, call the Glacier Symphony and Chorale office at 406-407-7000.

About MASO: The Montana Association of Symphony Orchestra (MASO) was formed in 1981 by steering committee composed of representatives from six symphonies (Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, and Missoula). Glacier Symphony and Chorale, Kalispell, joined in 1984 followed by Miles City Community Orchestra in 1985. MASO’s mission is to promote, encourage, and assist
in the maintenance and development of quality musical programs throughout the state of Montana.

MASO is a statewide coalition of seven orchestras, each with up to four members on the board of directors which meets at least two times each year. A separate planning meeting of music directors from each symphony also takes place once every year. An associate membership level provides some benefits for small orchestras, but does not require attendance at meetings. Since its inception, MASO has established a number of mission-related programs to promote the exchange of ideas and resources among its member organizations and to encourage and develop music programs, careers, and education services: With support from the Montana Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and Montana’s Cultural Trust, MASO is proud to be a statewide coalition that enhances the cultural climate of Montana.

For more information please visit montanasymphonies.org or contact the Bozeman Symphony at 406-585-9774 or info@bozemansymphony.org.

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