Mendelssohn Club offers new wind category for scholarship competition

Mendelssohn Club offers new wind category for scholarship competition


Over the past 40 years of its 118 years of providing quality music for the greater Rockford area, the Mendelssohn Club has paid out almost $100,000 in scholarship awards through its Chandler Starr Miller Scholarship Competition. These prizes were awarded to young musicians in several solo categories—including piano, strings, vocal and for non-string orchestra instruments.

A new broadened instrumental category for the 2002 scholarships—to be held Sunday, Feb. 16, 2002—will include Small Wind Instrument Ensembles. This will permit a new challenging level of competition for outstanding young wind instrumentalists—being able to perform and compete in small ensemble groups that will include trios, quartets and quintets.

High school student brass, reed and woodwind instrumentalists may form these small ensembles with the help and cooperation of their school band directors and other music teachers. They can compete for up to $2250 in scholarship awards. The top Mendelssohn Club prize is the John Philip Sousa Award, which pays $200 to each member of the winning wind ensemble. A second prize of $100 for each ensemble member is available for the Henry Fillmore Award. Separate scholarship prizes will be available for the best performing brass, reed and woodwind ensembles who do not qualify for either the Sousa or Fillmore awards.

Students participating in the wind ensemble competition are also eligible to compete in the Mendelssohn Club’s solo competition along with violinists, pianists, vocalists and other non-string orchestral instrumentalists. This competition also takes place on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002. Separate fees and rules apply for the solo competition. Students must live within, or attend a school within, a 35-mile radius of Rockford. Geographically, this includes areas as far west as Freeport, north to Janesville, east to Woodstock, and south to DeKalb.

Entry forms and rule books may be obtained by calling the Mendelssohn Club office, (815) 964-9713, any weekday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Completed entry forms with entry fee must be postmarked no later than midnight on Friday, Dec. 14 or hand-delivered to the Mendelssohn Club office at 415 N. Church St. by 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, 2001.

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