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2014 Western States Honor Orchestra Festival

31th Annual
Weekend for Strings

Union Colony Civic Center
Greeley, Colorado

November 6 - 8, 2014

with
Peter Stumpf, cello

and
Cosima Luther, guest conductor


We ask that each director nominate his/her high school string players that he/she feels would most benefit from participation in the festival. Students that are homeschooled are also welcome to audition.

Audition Recording Submission Procedures

1. Audition recordings (mp3 files only) must be submitted by email or via Dropbox:

A. Email recorded audition files to WSHOF@unco.edu
B. Dropbox is a free online data storage service (for up to 16GB). You do have to register and create an account. To use this option, please email WSHOF@unco.edu to request an invitation to a folder with your school’s name. You will then follow the link on the email, and drop your auditions into the folder.

2. The audition document (mp3 file) must be labeled: LastName_FirstName_School_Instrument.mp3

3. All required audition material must be included in one file in the following order: Scales, Orchestral Excerpts, Solo Selection. Only one file including all audition requirements should be submitted per applicant.

4. Mp3 files must be compressed at a bit rate of no more than 256 kbps. Files larger than 20MB will not be accepted. Consider that the quality of the audition recording may reasonably affect the perception of the adjudicators.

5. The applicant’s name and instrument must be announced at the start of each recorded audition.

6. Links to the required audition materials are listed in the Resources Section.

Application Forms and Fees

1. Include a completed application form and the $25.00 audition fee for each student that auditions. You will need to mail this in separately since all auditions will be submitted electronically. Please type or print application forms, as they are used for program information. Make checks payable to UNC Orchestras and mail the audition form and fee to:

University of Northern Colorado
Western States Honor Orchestra Festival
501 20th Street, Campus Box 28
Greeley, CO   80639

2. Orchestra directors may include recommendations for the section (1st or 2nd) for which each violinist would be best suited. Indicate this on the application form.

3. The student’s orchestra director, the school principal, and a parent/guardian must sign all application forms. Students that are homeschooled should have the signature of their private teacher and parent/guardian.

Required Recorded Audition Materials

  1. VIOLIN
    1) E-flat major scale and B melodic minor scale, three octaves, quarter note = 40
    2) Orchestral excerpts from Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, eighth note = 104 AND
    Mozart’s Symphony No. 39, quarter note = 120.
    3) Piece of your choice that is most indicative of your musical and technical abilities,
    2 ½ minute time limit
  2. VIOLA
    1) G major scale and D melodic minor scale, three octaves, quarter note = 40
    2) Orchestral Excerpts from Mozart’s Symphony No. 35, half note = 132 AND
    Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 (play top line), eighth note = 72.
    3) Piece of your choice that is most indicative of your musical and technical abilities,
    2 ½ minute time limit
  3. CELLO
    1) B-flat major scale and E melodic minor scale, three octaves, quarter note = 40
    2) Orchestral excerpts from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, dotted half note = 78 - 82, AND
    Brahm’s Symphony No. 2, quarter note = 50 – 56.
    3) Piece of your choice that is most indicative of your musical and technical abilities,
    2 ½ minute time limit
  4. DOUBLE BASS
    1) G Major scale, three octaves, quarter note = 70
    2) Orchestral excerpt from Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, quarter note = 110 – 125 AND
    Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, quarter note = 65 – 75.
    3) Solo piece of your choice, please no orchestral or ensemble bass excerpts,
    2 ½ minute time limit
  5. HARP
    1) Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite – Berceuse and Finale, quarter note = 60
    2) Piece of your choice that is most indicative of your musical and technical abilities,
    2 ½ minute time limit

Application Deadlines and Address

1. The completed application form and audition fee must be postmarked by WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014. Audition recordings must be submitted via Dropbox or emailed to WSHOF@unco.edu by 4:00 pm on Friday, September 19, 2014. Hand-delivered audition forms and fees must be received in the Orchestra Office by 4:00 pm, Friday, September 19, 2014. Any recordings or applications received after this date will not be eligible!

2. Please send the audition form and fee as soon as possible to avoid possible ineligibility from postal delays.

3. Mail the completed applications and audition fee to:

University of Northern Colorado
Western States Honor Orchestra Festival
501 20th Street, Campus Box 28
Greeley, CO 80639

Results

1. Audition results will be posted to the WSHOF website by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 3rd.
2. We regret that we are unable to provide evaluations of each student, nor are we willing to repeat the process in order to possibly reconsider a student's audition. All judges’ decisions are final.


2014 Guest Artists:

Peter StumpfPeter Stumpf is professor of cello at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Prior to his appointment, he was principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 9 years. Stumpf’s tenure in Los Angeles followed 12 years as associate principal cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. At the age of 16 he began his professional career, winning a position in the cello section of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. He received a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and an Artist’s Diploma from the New England Conservatory.

A dedicated chamber music musician, he is a member of the Johannes String Quartet and has appeared on the chamber music series at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, the Boston Celebrity Series, the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles, Walt Disney Concert Hall and at the concert halls of Cologne, at the Concertgebeow in Amsterdam, and at Casals Hall in Tokyo. He has performed with the chamber music societies of Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia and at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico as well as the Festivals of Marlboro, Santa Fe, Bridgehampton, Ottawa, Great Lakes, Ojai, Spoleto, and Aspen. He has toured with Music from Marlboro, the Casals Hall Ensemble in Japan, and with pianist Mitsuko Uchida in performances of the complete Mozart Piano Trios. He has collaborated with pianists Leif Ove Andsnes, Emmanuel Ax, Jorge Bolet, Yefim Bronfman, Radu Lupu, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Andras Schiff, Jean Yves Thibaudet, Mitsuko Uchida, and with the Emerson and Guarneri String Quartets. The Johannes Quartet has collaborated with the Guarneri Quartet on tour including commissions from composers William Bolcom and Esa Pekka Salonen.

Concerto appearances have been with the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Philharmonic, the Virginia Symphony, the Vermont Symphony, the Connecticut String Orchestra, at the Aspen Music Festival and most recently at the opening concert of the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles. As a recitalist he has performed at the Universities of Hartford, Syracuse, and Delaware, Vanderbilt University, at Jordan Hall in Boston, and at the Philips and Corcoran Galleries in Washington D.C. He has performed the Six Suites for Solo Cello of J. S. Bach on the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society Series and on the Chamber Music in Historic Sites Series in Los Angeles. His awards include first prize in the Washington International Competition, the Graham-Stahl Competition, the Aspen Concerto Competition and 2nd Prize in the Evian International String Quartet Competition.

As a former member of the Boston Musica Viva he has explored extended techniques including microtonal compositions and numerous premieres. As a teacher he has served on the cello faculty of the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford, the New England Conservatory, the University of Southern California and guest artist faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music as well as at the Yellow Barn Music Festival and the Musicorda Summer String Program. He has conducted masterclasses at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Manhattan and Mannes Schools of Music, Iowa and Pennsylvania State Universities, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Seoul National University, Temple University, Vanderbilt University, and at the Universities of Delaware, Indiana, and Michigan.

 

Cosima Luther

Cosima Luther is an active artist, having recently performed in Germany, Spain, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, England, Scotland, and Wales. Currently, she conducts all three orchestras of Gustavo Dudamel’s Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, where she is also the head violin instructor. In 2008, Luther became the principal conductor of the South Bay Youth Orchestra and Irvine Young Concert Artists Orchestra. That summer, she toured with the Irvine Young Concert Artists Orchestra as their conductor in Seoul, Korea and Beijing, China for the Olympics of 2008. For three summers she was a Fellow for the Conductors Institute at Bard College, directed by Harold Farberman and Leon Botstein. Luther is guest artist faculty for Pepperdine University’s summer music program in Heidelberg, Germany, as a chamber teacher and performing artist since 2006. Born in Denver, she attended Denver School of the Arts before moving to Los Angeles as a violin performance major at Pepperdine University, and then attended the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music for her Master of Music degree. Outside of conducting and teaching, she works as a freelance musician and performs with various ensembles in and around the Los Angeles area. Cosima is the co-founder and co-director (along with her brother and father) of Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, now entering its 16th successful season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources

Required Audtion Materials

  • VIOLIN:
  • Violin Scales
  • Violin Excerpts
  • Piece of your choice that is most indicative of your musical and technical abilities, 2-1/2 minute time limit
  • VIOLA:
  • Viola Scales
  • Viola Excerpts
  • Piece of your choice that is most indicative of your musical and technical abilities, 2-1/2 minute time limit
  • CELLO:
  • Cello Scales
  • Cello Excerpts
  • Piece of your choice that is most indicative of your musical and technical abilities, 2-1/2 minute time limit
  • HARP:
  • Harp Excerpt
  • Piece of your choice that is most indicative of your musical and technical abilities, 2-1/2 minute time limit