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REQUIREMENTS (read carefully)

Annual Student Soloist Competition

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-first 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 March 1, 2014

  • 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 $500.

  • 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. The piece performed must be of high musical and technical substance and quality.  The piece must be approved in advance of the competition by the Tacoma Concert Band.

  • The piece or movement from a piece must be performed in its entirety:  cuts will not be permitted.

  • The performance time must not exceed 12 minutes.

  • The soloist must be accompanied by piano at the audition.  The soloist is responsible for providing their own accompanist.

  • The solo performed at the audition must be the one intended for the performance with the Tacoma Concert Band.

  • The piece selected must have a band accompaniment easily and readily available to borrow or purchase.  Music available as “rental only” will not be acceptable.  It is the responsibility of the soloist to research the availability (publisher or source to borrow) of the band arrangement and the cost to purchase. If the selected piece is not approved by TCB for the competition, the student must select a different piece.  Both availability and cost of        purchase will be taken into consideration.

  • The student must be available for Wednesday evening rehearsals February 12, 19, 26 and the concert March 1, 2014.

  • Not all applicants will be selected to audition.

Tacoma Concert Band's

Annual Soloist Competition Winners

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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