Minnesota Varsity 2015, Classical MPR's fifth annual showcase of young musical talent across Classical MPR's broadcast region, is now open and waiting for your entry!

All you need to do is link to, or upload, a recording of your performance — it doesn't have to be professional, (a smartphone will do the trick). Composers, just upload an original score.

About Minnesota Varsity

Minnesota Varsity showcases the top high-school musical talent from Minnesota, bordering states, and Sun Valley, Idaho.

Music students (aged 14-18 or 9th-12th grade) from across Minnesota, as well as those who live or attend school outside Minnesota but strictly within the listening areas reached by MPR’s terrestrial radio signal (MPR News and Classical MPR networks and The Current) are invited to submit a recording of an instrumental or vocal performance of a classical or musical theater work, for evaluation by a panel of MPR judges. Performances can be solo, or with a group, and can be up to 10 minutes in length. Student composers in the same age group are invited to submit an original score for a piano, clarinet and French horn trio between 3 and 7 minutes in length.

Ten to fifteen instrumental and vocal entrants will be chosen by the MPR Judges for the Featured Round. Featured Round Artists will be invited to make a professional recording of their performances in MPR’s Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio in St. Paul (see last year's artists!). These performances will be heard on Classical MPR, on air and online. Up to five Featured Composers will be chosen by an American Composers Forum panel of judges. Featured Composers will be invited to a Workshop Day.

Four of the Featured Round Artists will be selected as Showcase Artists by a panel of celebrity judges and one by an online Audience Vote. Two Showcase Composers will be selected by American Composers Forum.

The Showcase Artists will perform on stage at the Fitzgerald Theater on Sunday, April 19th in a live radio broadcast. The Showcase Composers’ works will be premiered at the Fitzgerald Theater as part of the live Showcase concert broadcast.


For a slice of the fun, check out the video below from last season's Minnesota Varsity., and Where Are They Now? featuring updates on some of our 2011 and 2012 Featured and Showcase Artists.

After you've read the Rules and FAQ, let us know if you have further questions by e-mailing us. We look forward to receiving your entry. We can't wait to hear you!

Educational Sponsor Scholarships

Classical MPR is pleased to welcome five Educational Sponsors to present a special scholarship offer to the Minnesota Varsity Featured Round Artists. Luther College, Concordia College, Saint John's University, and College of Saint Benedict will present $4,000 for four years, to each Featured Round musician to attend their school. We're grateful for the commitment these institutions of higher education make to our Minnesota Varsity musicians!

Important Dates

9/15/14
Submissions Open

12/5/14
Submissions Due by 9:00 a.m.

1/13/2015
Featured Round Announcement

3/9/2015 - 3/27/2015
Featured Round On-Air

3/23/2015 - 3/29/2015
Online Audience Voting

3/30/2015
Celebrity Judges Select Showcase Round Artists

3/31/2015
Showcase Round Announcement

4/19/2015 at 5 p.m.
Minnesota Varsity Showcase Event
(Fitzgerald Theater)

Archive

Peruse the submissions, featured and showcase artists from Minnesota Varsity's past! 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 are all archived!

More Information

Visit the FAQ and Rules pages for more information. Please send questions or comments to varsity@mpr.org.

Submit Your Audio

Ready? Upload by 9 a.m. on 12/5/2014 or postmark your entry by December 5, 2014!

The Minnesota Varsity experience

Where Are They Now?

Where Are They Now? spotlights Minnesota Varsity Featured and Showcase Artists from 2011 - 2014! It's been fun catching up with them to ask what they're doing now and what they remember and value most about their Minnesota Varsity experience. We're pleased to share their inspiring stories with you, and we're proud of every student across the state who's entered Minnesota Varsity and shared their music-making with us and with their friends, families, and communities.

  • anna humphrey minnesota varsity alumnaMinnesota Varsity: Where are They Now? - Anna Humphrey
    Violinist Anna Humphrey from Rogers, Minn., was a Minnesota Varsity 2013 Showcase Artist, performing with the Luna String Quartet. She recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share what she's doing now.September 26, 2014
  • matt lammers aspen festival 1Matt Lammers: From Minnesota Varsity to Aspen Music Festival
    Performance Today host Fred Child is in Aspen, Colo., to record a series of programs on his show, and he happened to bump into Matt Lammers, a 2011 Minnesota Varsity Featured Round Artist.July 10, 2014
  • A bow for showcase artistsMinnesota Varsity Showcase: Minnesota's top young classical musicians
    It was cold and rainy on April 27, 2014, but inside the Fitzgerald Theater, a fire and passion burned among seven young classical musicians. They were the showcase round for Minnesota Varsity and they were about to perform live before hundreds at the theater, and thousands on the radio.May 13, 2014
  • A bow for showcase artistsSlideshow: Minnesota's best high school composers
    Composers from across Minnesota wrote original pieces of music for the Minnesota Varsity project. See the top composers in action as they workshop and premiere new classical works.May 7, 2014
  • Minnesota VarsityMinnesota Varsity Showcase Event
    Meet the Minnesota Varsity Showcase Round artists! These five instrumental and vocal artists will perform on stage at a free concert at the Fitzgerald Theater -- which will also be broadcast on Classical MPR -- on April 27th at 5 p.m.April 27, 2014
  • The Minnesota Varsity Showcase ArtistsWhat are young classical musicians listening to these days?
    What are young classical musicians listening to? We asked a few of our Minnesota Varsity showcase artists what they would play if given the chance.April 21, 2014
  • arjun ganguly st cloud times photoThree young Minnesotans head for international music stage
    Carnegie Hall has announced that 120 musicians from 33 states will make up the National Youth Orchestra on its eight-stop tour beginning in July. Among the musicians are Arjun Ganguly of St. Cloud, Minn., Emma Richman of Minneapolis and Anna Humphrey of Rogers, Minn.March 6, 2014
  • emma richmanMinnesota Varsity: Where Are They Now? - Emma Richman
    Violinist Emma Richman from Minneapolis was a Minnesota Varsity 2013 Showcase Artist, performing with the Luna Quartet. She recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share what she's doing now.December 20, 2013
  • drevlow brianna brett braydenMinnesota Varsity: Where Are They Now? - Brianna, Brett and Brayden Drevlow
    The Drevlow siblings from Thief River Falls, Minn., were involved in Minnesota Varsity in 2011 and in 2013. They recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share what they're doing now.December 13, 2013
  • aaron fagerstromMinnesota Varsity: Where Are They Now? - Aaron Fagerstrom
    Pianist Aaron Fagerstrom from Thief River Falls, Minn., was a Minnesota Varsity 2012 and 2013 Featured Artist. He recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share what he's doing now.December 6, 2013
  • karen baumgartnerMinnesota Varsity: Where Are They Now? Karen Baumgartner
    Flutist Karen Baumgartner from Roseville, Minn., was a Minnesota Varsity 2011 and 2012 Featured Artist. She recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share what she's doing now.November 29, 2013
  • Jeesoo LeeMinnesota Varsity: Where Are They Now? - Jeesoo Lee
    Pianist Jeesoo Lee from Eden Prairie, Minn., was a Minnesota Varsity 2013 Featured Artist. He recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share what he's doing now.November 22, 2013
  • david nelson, minnesota varsityMinnesota Varsity: Where Are They Now? - David Nelson
    David Nelson from Woodbury, Minn., was a Minnesota Varsity 2013 Featured Artist for voice. He recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share what he's doing now.November 15, 2013
  • austin kraftMinnesota Varsity: Where are they now? - Austin Kraft
    Austin Kraft from Savage, Minn., was a Minnesota Varsity 2013 Showcase Composer. He recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share what he's doing now.November 8, 2013
  • Joshua WeinbergMinnesota Varsity: Where are they now? - Joshua Weinberg
    Flutist Joshua Weinberg from St. Peter, Minn., was a Minnesota Varsity 2011 Showcase Artist. He recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share what he's doing now.November 1, 2013
  • nora doyle, celloMinnesota Varsity: Where Are They Now? - Nora Doyle
    Nora Doyle from Minneapolis was a Minnesota Varsity 2011 Featured Artist as a soloist, and a 2013 Showcase Artist as part of an ensemble. She recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share what she's doing now.October 25, 2013
  • Kristina ButlerMinnesota Varsity: Where are they now? - Kristina Butler
    Kristina Butler from Burnsville, Minn., was a Minnesota Varsity 2013 Showcase Artist who participated as a singer. She recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share what she's doing now.October 18, 2013
  • Cartesian TrioMinnesota Varsity: Where are They Now? - Derek Hartman
    Derek Hartman was a Minnesota Varsity 2013 Showcase Artist who participated as a pianist in the Hartman-Warren-Doyle Trio. Derek recently got in touch with Classical MPR's Christine Sweet to share what he's doing now.October 11, 2013
  • Aria StilesMinnesota Varsity: Where Are They Now? - Aria Stiles
    We recently caught up with former Minnesota Varsity Featured and Showcase Artists, including violinist Aria Stiles: "Since Spring 2012, I have completely changed states, weather, and styles of music."January 6, 2013
  • Brianna DrevlowMinnesota Varsity: Where Are They Now? - Brianna Drevlow
    We recently caught up with former Minnesota Varsity Featured and Showcase Artists, including Brianna Drevlow, who's studying Piano Performance and Theory/Composition and Film in college.December 30, 2012

For a third year, American Composers Forum (ACF) will be a partner with MPR in the Composition category.

Minnesota Varsity is supported by the generosity of these foundations and individuals:

The Charles H. Clay Family Charitable Trust
Kay and Gerry Erickson
Mary Gale
Margaret H. and James E. Kelley Foundation
Andy Kiorpes and Farrel Rich
Robert Kriel and Linda Krach
Ann Newhall and Rick Schleuss
Stephen Otto
Paul and Mary Reyelts
Robin Ryan and John Zech
Kay Savik and Joe Tashjian
Frank and Laurel Winsor
Irma Wyman


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