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).
"Musical Theater" means any music in the tradition of theatrical or motion picture music, and is not limited to music from Broadway musicals (only).
Minnesota Varsity is open to classical and musical theater instrumentalists and vocalists, and composers, ages 14-18. Your legal residence must be in Minnesota OR you must legally reside or attend school in a one of the following counties in other states where Minnesota Public Radio’s terrestrial broadcasts can be heard:
NOTE: If you have questions about the residence requirement, contact email@example.com for an eligibility evaluation.
If you were a Minnesota Varsity 2014 Showcase Artist, you are not eligible to enter Minnesota Varsity 2015 except as follows:
Instrumentalists and vocalists 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.)
INSTRUMENTALISTS AND VOCALISTS: Submit your completed entry form and your recorded performance online at www.classicalmpr.org/varsity between 9:00 AM CT on September 15, 2014 and 9:00AM CT on December 5, 2014, OR send a CD or DVD and a completed entry form by mail to Minnesota Varsity, 480 Cedar Street, St. Paul MN 55101. Your mailed entry must be postmarked on or before December 5, 2014.
COMPOSERS: Submit your completed entry form, and the fully notated score of one completed composition as a PDF file, online at www.classicalmpr.org/varsity between 9:00 AM CT on September 15, 2014 and 9:00AM CT on Decmeber 5, 2014, OR send a printed copy of both by mail to Minnesota Varsity, 480 Cedar Street, St. Paul MN 55101. Your mailed entry must be postmarked on or before December 5, 2014.
INSTRUMENTALISTS AND VOCALISTS: The entire Submission, including the musical performances, may be up to ten (10) minutes in length. If a submission is longer than ten (10) minutes, then only the first ten (10) minutes will be considered.
COMPOSERS: The Submission must be at least three (3) minutes in length, and may be up to seven (7) minutes in length.
In order to help facilitate promotions and sorting of our submissions, we're asking you to identify your location. Within Minnesota, use the following regions:
Location is used for promotional and other informational purposes only; it is not used as a judging criteria.
Your recording doesn't have to be high-tech or professional. You can use a smart phone to record the performance! Composers, you may submit an audio or video recording, but it is not required.
INSTRUMENTALISTS AND VOCALISTS: You will be judged solely on your musical performance. Classical MPR staff will screen all the entries, and choose no more than 20 performances for the Featured Round. If you are chosen in the Featured Round, you will be recorded by a professional recording engineer who will 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.
COMPOSERS: The score of your composition will be screened by a panel selected by American Composers Forum. Up to five composers will be chosen for the Featured Round. If you are chosen for the Featured Round, you will attend a Workshop Day in February with Composer Carol Barnett as your Mentor and a chamber ensemble from the University of Minnesota will perform your composition. A panel of ACF judges will select two Showcase Composers, whose works will be performed by the chamber ensemble at the Fitzgerald Showcase Concert. That performance will be recorded. 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).
You may submit one composition as a composer.
Also, you may enter in both the INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL and the COMPOSITION categories, but you will only be selected in one category if you make it into the Featured Round.
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.
For advice on writing for these instruments, tutorial videos are available on YouTube from Composers Forum.
Entrants must be between ages 14-18 on April 19, 2015. For instance, a 19th birthday occurring prior to April 19, 2015 would make the entrant ineligible even if the Entrant was 18 when the entry was submitted. Similarly, a 14th birthday occurring prior to April 19, 2015 would make the entrant eligible even if the Entrant was 13 when the entry was submitted.
In the Instrumental/Vocal category, MPR will select
In the Composition category, ACF and MPR will select
Public voting in the Featured Round will be conducted between 9:00 AM CT on March 23, 2015 and 11:59 PM CT on March 29, 2015. The performer with the most votes at the end of that period will win a spot in the Showcase Round, bypassing the esteemed Featured Round judges.
Members of the public may cast one vote per email address. Subsequent votes from the same email address will be disqualified. IN THE SPIRIT OF FAIR PLAY, WE REQUEST THAT VOTERS LIMIT THEMSELVES TO “ONE PERSON, ONE VOTE” REGARDLESS OF ACCESS TO MULTIPLE EMAIL ACCOUNTS OR OTHER METHODS OF IMPACTING THE VOTING PROCESS.
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 Classical MPR website.
Each of the five Showcase Artists and the two Showcase Composers will receive the following:
INSTRUMENTALISTS AND VOCALISTS: One free recording (on CD) of the MPR-prepared recording of their performance (retail value: approximately $325)
COMPOSERS: One free recording (on CD) of the MPR-prepared recording of their composition (retail value: approximately $325), plus one complimentary yearlong student membership in ACF ($50 value).
NOTE: The prize is awarded as a single prize to the Featured Artist. Except as noted, the prize does not increase if the Featured Artist is an ensemble with multiple members.
The goal of Minnesota Varsity is not to single out the very best musician or composer in the state and its environs. 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.
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