Monday, July 30, 2012

Call for Young Soloists and Composers

The Orchestra of Southern Utah is pleased an announce auditions for their annual Roy L. Halversen Young Artist Concert, to be held Thursday, April 18, 2013.  The Orchestra welcomes auditions by young soloists, professional musicians and advanced music students from Southern Utah, ages 13 to 25.  Soloists and compositions will be reviewed and up to four will be performed with OSU during the Halversen concert.

Soloist applicants should choose one movement of a classical, romantic, or contemporary concerto; two movements if using a shorter Baroque concerto. Audition pieces must have commercially available orchestral parts. Contact Dr. Hal Campbell, OSU librarian, at (435) 586-8414 to help identify if orchestra parts are available. OSU will purchase orchestra parts if available.  Any rental charges are the responsibility of the soloist and rentals are discouraged.  The rentals can usually not be recorded.

All auditions are to be recorded on a digital CD with accompaniment. The accompaniment is essential; auditions without accompaniment will not be considered. Audition forms are available online on the OSU web site at 

Southern Utah composers, ages 13 to 25, need to provide a score and digital recording of their piece as their audition entry.   Composition submission forms are available online at

            Recorded auditions and compositions are to be submitted along with a $20 non-refundable audition fee to OSU President Pete Akins no later than 5:00 pm, Friday, November 2.   Mail entries to Pete Akins, Orchestra of Southern Utah, 2111 N Main St. #1, Cedar City, Utah, 84720. Recordings submitted to anyone other than Akins will not be considered.

            Primary auditions will be judged blind; the recordings will be numbered and judged without any identification of the person performing. 

Six to eight soloist finalists will be selected from the recordings to audition live for a panel of judges on Saturday, December 1. Live auditions require a piano accompaniment. Finalists will be notified by letter as to time and location. Soloists and the composer selected to perform with OSU will receive a $50 honorarium.

            For further questions, visit or contact Akins at (435) 590-4266 or