The Tacoma Concert Band is a nationally acclaimed community symphonic band dedicated to providing its audiences with the highest quality classical and contemporary music. The student soloist competition reflects our desire to recognize and encourage talented young musicians in the Puget Sound area. We are now inviting high school brass, woodwind and percussion students to audition and participate in the twenty-fourth annual Student Soloist Competition.
Any Puget Sound-area high school woodwind, brass or percussion student who has received the recommendation of his/her high school band director.
Participants must be members in good standing of the school band program.
Home-schooled students are encouraged to participate.
Perform as a soloist with one of the most respected community concert bands in the nation in the Pantages Theater on February 27th, 2016
Receive coaching in style, interpretation and stage presence from the Conductor, Robert Musser, Emeritus Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the University of Puget Sound.
Receive the Wayne Timmerman Prize of $300.
Use this opportunity to gain experience to compete for regional and state solo competitions and college scholarships.
The student must perform a live solo audition of sufficient musical substance to demonstrate technical and musical abilities.
The piece or movement from a piece must be performed in its entirety, cuts will not be permitted.
The performance time of the solo must not exceed 12 minutes.
The soloist must be accompanied by piano at the audition. Please be certain to finalize plans with your accompanist.
The solo performed at the audition must be the one intended for the performance with the Tacoma Concert Band
The solo must have band accompaniment readily available to borrow or purchase. The intended solo must be approved by the Tacoma Concert Band in advance of the competition. Music available as “rental only” may not be acceptable. The cost of purchase will be considered as well.
The student must be available for rehearsals and the concert on February 27, 2016.
2014 - Katherine Scheerer, basoon -Emerald Ridge High School
2013 - Alex Carlson, bassoon - Olympia High School
2012 - Torsen Necessary, flute - Curtis High School
2010 - Candy Chang, flute - Kentridge High School
2009 - Leah Tott, bassoon - Bellevue Christian High School
2008 - Benjamin Riodl-Ward, bassoon - Stadium High School
2007 - Mia Nafziger, clarinet - Olympia High School
2006 - Morgan Nash, clarinet - Olympia High School
Melanie Stambaugh - mallet percussion, Ferucci Junior High
2005 - Jens Peterson, tuba - Lakes High School
2004 - Samantha Baker, clarinet - Olympia High School
2003 - Joycelyn Eby, bassoon - Garfield High School, Seattle
2002 - Stephanie Enzmann, flute - Mercer Island High School
2001 - Zoe Hawkins, clarinet - Capital High School, Olympia
2000 - Erik Ibsen-Nowak, saxophone - Stadium High School
1999 - Chris Tiedeman, tuba - Stadium High School
1998 - Ben Lulich, clarinet - Woodway H.S., Edmonds
1997 - James Battle, euphonium - Rogers High School
1996 - Kevin Jones, french horn - Wilson High School
1994 - Jodi Johnson, euphonium - Rogers High School
1993 - Elliott Sohn, clarinet - Olympia High School
1992 - Torrey Lawrence, tuba - Clover Park High School
1991 - Anthony Christiansen, trumpet - Lake Washington H.S.
1990 - Jason Gilliam, euphonium - Foss High School
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