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Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition

January 15-17, 2016
The Colburn School, Los Angeles, California

Host: Richard Beene

 

Eligibility

Women bassoon players who are citizens of the Americas (North America, Central America, South America), or who are enrolled in school in the Americas during the year prior to the competition and who will not have reached their 24th birthday by the competition in January of 2016.

Prizes

Mission

The mission of The Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition is to provide an international competitive experience of the highest caliber for young women bassoonists in the Americas in order to build their confidence, hone their talents, and provide valuable experience towards performance careers. The organization will provide financial support, performance experience, artistic reinforcement, and inspiration through mentorship with world-class musicians and entrepreneurs at a three day symposium. Each competition will feature a required repertoire piece by a living woman composer, and will require speaking from the stage in order to cultivate in the young competitors a commitment to audience engagement and community involvement in the arts.

The name of the competition derives from the rich legacy of composer Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), who spent much of his prolific career working at a conservatory for young girls, the Seminario Musicale dell’Ospitale della Pietá in Venice. The spirit of creativity and benefaction of this competition is dedicated to Meg Quigley, an artist who had a passion for assisting young women in realizing their full potential.

Judging

Judging will occur in three rounds: preliminary, semifinal, and final.

Repertoire

  1. Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in e minor, RV 484 (Op. 45, No. 2/P. 137/F VIII, No. 6/M 71)
    Memory Component: in the final round, the Vivaldi will be performed from memory
  2. Jenni Brandon: Colored Stones (unaccompanied).
    This work was the winner of the 2014 Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition.
  3. Henri Dutilleux: Sarabande et Cortège
  4. Eugene Jancourt: 26 Melodic Studies, op. 15. Choose one of the following etudes: 3, 6, 7, 13, 15, 17, 19, 24.
    This etude is for the final round only.

All repertoire is available at TrevCo-Varner Music and The Double Reed Shop. Colored Stones is also available as a digital download from Imagine Music.

Preliminary Round

The preliminary round occurs via recording. Recordings may be submitted online via Mediafire, or by mail. See detailed instructions below. All submissions must be received by October 16, 2015.

Option 1: Online Submission

All materials must be received by October 16, 2015.

Application: Print, complete, and scan the official Application Form (PDF). On the application form you will be asked to certify with your signature that your uploaded files contain your own, unedited, performance. You will also be asked to agree that if selected as one of the ten semifinalists you will perform in the semifinal round of the competition, and the final round of the competition if chosen, both of which will be held at the MQVC Bassoon Symposium, January 15-17 at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, CA

Photograph and Bio: Please email a high-resolution photo and a professional biography of 200-250 words. These will be not be distributed to the preliminary round judges, but will be used for the MQVC web site and competition program if you are chosen to advance to the semifinal round of the competition. Your application will not be considered complete until we have received your photo and bio.

E-mail your completed application along with you bio and photo to submissions@mqvc.org.

Application Fee: a $65.00 application fee (which also counts towards the registration fee for the three-day 2016 MQVC Bassoon Symposium, regardless of semifinalist status) can be submitted via PayPal or sent via Western Union.

 

Uploading a Recording via Mediafire: All recordings should be submitted in mp3 format. Upload each movement of Vivaldi and Brandon as a separate track – Dutilleux should be a single track. Do not record your Jancourt etude for the preliminary round. Submit the required repertoire in the order listed, with accompaniment (where applicable), and with no cuts or edits within movements. Filenames should include your last name and the last name of the composer of the piece. Do not submit video files.

MediaFire Instructions:

  1. Go to MediaFire.com
  2. You may either create a free MediaFire account or log in with an existing Facebook or Twitter account.
  3. Once you've logged in, you may upload files by either clicking the "Add Files" button or by simply dragging and dropping them in the main window. (Note: before you upload your files, make sure the file names include your last name and the last name of the composer of each piece)
  4. After uploading, select your files and click "Share" at the top of the page. In the box that pops up, click on "Email."
  5. In the "Recipient Email" box enter "submissions@mqvc.org" (without quotes). Enter your full name in the "Your Message" box, and click "Send Link".

Option 2: Submission by Mail

All materials must be received by October 16, 2015.

Application: Application: Print and complete an official Application Form (PDF). On the application form you will be asked to certify with your signature that your CD contains your own, unedited, performance. You will also be asked to agree that if selected as one of the ten semifinalists you will perform in the semifinal round of the competition, and the final round of the competition if chosen, both of which will be held at the MQVC Bassoon Symposium, January 15-17 at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, CA

Application Fee: Include the $65.00 application fee (which also counts towards the registration fee for the three-day 2016 MQVC Bassoon Symposium, regardless of semifinalist status). Make checks payable to Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition.

CD Recording: Place each movement of Vivaldi and Brandon on a separate track – Dutilleux should be a single track. Do not record your Jancourt etude for the preliminary round. Submit the required repertoire in the order listed, with accompaniment (where applicable), and with no cuts or edits within movements. Do not submit video or DVD.

Send materials to:

Staci Spring, Competition Committee Chair
Stephen F. Austin State University
School of Music
P.O. Box 13043, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3043
Phone: (936) 468-1622
Email: springsa@sfasu.edu

Semifinal and Final Rounds

Up to ten applicants will be chosen to compete in the semifinal round in a concert format, open to the public, at the 2016 Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Bassoon Symposium. The repertoire for the semifinal round will include portions of the three pieces from the preliminary round. The final round will also take place at the symposium, and will include the same repertoire as well as your selected Jancourt etude. The judges may choose to hear only certain portions of the repertoire. All competitors will rehearse and perform with a professional accompanist provided by the MQVC. The judges may elect to award fewer prizes than outlined above, or no prizes at all. The judges' decision, announced after deliberations immediately following the final round, is final.

Audience Engagement Component: In the final round, the finalist should be prepared to speak to the audience about the works she is performing. These brief introductions to the works (1-2 minutes each) should demonstrate skill in audience engagement as well as knowledge of the work. This unusual element in the competition is in keeping with changing trends in the music industry, recognizing that the relationship between performer and audience has shifted and speaking skills are becoming more and more necessary.