The Minnesota Varsity process will unfold over the next months:
This year, a Minnesota Varsity Entrant must enter in one of the following categories:
Classical Music means any music in the tradition of Western sacred and secular music from the 11th century to present times, and is not limited to music from the Classical Period from about 1750 to 1820 (only).
Broadway Music means any music in the tradition of theatrical or motion picture music, and is not limited to music from Broadway musicals (only).
Classical and musical theater musicians and vocalists ages 14-18. Your legal residence must be in Minnesota, and you must be currently participating in a public or private school, religious or community music program. Soloists may have an accompanist, but that’s not required. If you need an accompanist, you must provide your own (of any age.)
It depends on the age of your accompanist:
Submit your entry form and your recorded performance of one piece of 10 minutes or less online at http://www.classicalmpr.org/varsity or send a CD or DVD and entry form by mail to Minnesota Varsity, 480 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55101. Application must be postmarked on or before January 19, 2012.
In order to help facilitate listening and sorting of our submissions, we're asking you to identify your region within the state. State regions are not used as judging criteria.
The recording doesn’t have to be high-tech or professional. You can use a smart phone to record the performance!
You will be judged solely on your musical performance. MPR Classical staff will screen all the entries, and choose 15-20 performances for the featured round. If you are chosen in the featured round, a professional recording engineer will come to you and help you sound your best. That recording will be played for a panel judges from the Minnesota classical music and musical theater world. The judges will choose the best performances for a live show at the Fitzgerald Theater. See the rules for more information.
You can submit one performance as a vocal soloist and one performance as an instrumental soloist, plus you can participate in as many ensembles as you wish. However, each ensemble may submit only one entry (each).
Yes, but it's only used as background information. You will not be judged upon the content of your statement.
We may use it on the air, the web or at the Showcase Concert and in any other materials related to Minnesota Varsity.
MPR will select
No. You will only be eligible to perform in one group/solo performance at the Showcase Event. If you're in two groups/solo performances that are Featured Artists, then MPR will decide which one (if any) moves into the Showcase Round.
If you're chosen as a Featured Artist, you’ll get to work with an audio engineer from MPR to produce a professional recording of your performance. Your piece may also be played on the air and the MPR Classical website.
Each of the five Showcase Artists will receive the following:
The goal of Minnesota Varsity is not to single out the very best musician in the state. It's to encourage young musicians to make music and to be involved in the process of creation with their peers. Minnesota Varsity helps to bring to the forefront the importance of music and arts education in this state and throughout the nation.
This year, in addition to the show at The Fitzgerald Theater, we are adding two Greater Minnesota tour dates and locations. If chosen as a Featured Artist, you will have the opportunity to perform on both or either of these concerts.
The dates and locations are:
You are not required to perform at either of the concerts, but are strongly encouraged to consider at least one concert. Travel and lodging for the Featured Artist and one parent/guardian will be reimbursed up to a maximum reimbursement amount determined by MPR. If you are under 18, you must be accompanied by an adult.