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New Philharmonic of Glen Ellyn to hold young people's competition auditions online

Kirk Muspratt conducts the New Philharmonic based at the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage.
Kirk Muspratt conducts the New Philharmonic based at the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage.

GLEN ELLYN – For the first time, New Philharmonic will conduct the annual New Philharmonic Young People’s Competition online.

Applications can be downloaded from AtTheMAC.org (under Shows|Events/New Philharmonic/Young People’s Competition). Video submissions and applications are due by May 31.

“In concert with the College of DuPage leadership, and the MAC, New Philharmonic holds the health and safety of students, community and patrons as a first priority, however, we wanted to carry on with our six-year tradition of showcasing young people in New Philharmonic concerts. As a result, Maestro [Kirk] Muspratt and I decided to move our Young People’s Competition to an online format this year,” General Manager Paula Cebula stated in a news release.

Young musicians are being asked to submit a two-minute video of the student’s performance and upload it to the Dropbox link provided on the application. Whether they sing or play an instrument, students may perform solos, duets, trios or quartets. Students need to memorize their music and provide their own accompanist. (If recording the audition with live accompaniment is not possible, students may use a recorded accompaniment or play unaccompanied). There is a two-minute maximum for audition and performance.

The competition is open to young instrumentalists and vocalists who reside within College of DuPage Community College District 502 or who study with a teacher in District 502. Students must have completed no grade higher than the 11th grade by June 30, 2020. Winners of the competition will have the opportunity to perform at a New Philharmonic orchestra concert within 18 months.

About New Philharmonic

The professional New Philharmonic has inspired classical music enthusiasts in Chicago and the suburbs for more than 40 years. The orchestra was honored with the Illinois Council of Orchestras’ 2017 ICO Award for Professional Orchestra of the Year. Today, under the direction of Muspratt, New Philharmonic consists of more than 60 musicians.

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