Those in need of accompaniment tracks must confirm. James Welch will make accompaniment tracks free of charge for this event.
DUE TO THE COVID-19, WE WILL BE ACCEPTING UNACCOMPANIED AUDITION SUBMISSIONS & VIRTUAL ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS FOR BOTH COMPETITION ROUNDS.
THE INTERNATIONAL PIANO, VIOLIN, & GUITAR COMPETITION 2020 WILL CONTINUE OVER THE INTERNET AS ORIGINALLY PLANNED
OUR EARLY BIRD PROMOTION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JUNE 1 Save $50 off Solo & $25 off Ensemble Applications!
WE WILL BE ACCEPTING UNACCOMPANIED AUDITION SUBMISSIONS FOR BOTH SOLO COMPETITION ROUNDS.
• Applicants may choose one or two pieces from the standard repertoire (Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Contemporary periods) without exceeding category time limits.
• All solo pieces and concerto movements must be memorized.
(with exception to the adult amateur category)
• Memorization is not required for duo sonatas, chamber works, and piano ensembles.
• Only solo pieces and works for piano ensembles (one piano) are permitted in the Piano Category. Piano concertos are not permitted.
• Violin and guitar applicants may include chamber music for violin(s)or Guitar(s) and piano. Concertos with orchestral reductions are also acceptable. DUE TO THE COVID-19, WE WILL BE ACCEPTING VIRTUAL ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS FOR BOTH COMPETITION ROUNDS.
• Individual movements taken from larger works are acceptable (movements of Sonatas, Suites).
• Only original works are allowed. Simplified arrangements and incomplete movements will not be accepted (with exception to orchestral cuts and reductions in violin and guitar concertos).
• Repertoire chosen for video submissions and the winners recital may not exceed the category’s time limit.
DUE TO THE COVID-19, WE WILL BE ACCEPTING UNACCOMPANIED AUDITION SUBMISSIONS & VIRTUAL ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS FOR BOTH COMPETITION ROUNDS.
• Download and complete the application.
• The application may be completed on a computer with the use of any PDF annotating program (Acrobat, Preview, etc…). You may also choose to complete the application by hand and scan/email it back.
• All application fees must be paid before submitting the application. To make a payment, click the PayPal link and follow the instructions. When finished, include your PayPal transaction ID on the application.
FOR A LIMITED TIME: Take advantage of our Early Bird discount! $150 for soloists and $100 per group member for ensembles. EXTENDED through JUNE 1, 2020. This is marked down from our regular price of $200 for soloists and $125 per group member for ensembles.
• Applications must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line, be sure to include the submission deadline date and the applicant(s) name(s).
• Each submission should include the application and a headshot image of each performer no later than the listed deadline.
• Progressive Musicians reserves the right to make any changes regarding rules, dates, schedules and other information related to the competition.
ALL VIDEOS AND APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY JUNE 1, 2020.
All applicants applying during this promotional period must complete a video submission form in addition to the application. If applying as a duo or ensemble, only one video submission form is required.
*Musicians competing in the Adult Amateur category must be at least 19 years of age, not currently enrolled in a collegiate music program, and not pursuing a professional career in music. There is no age limit for this category.
**Musicians competing in the Collegiate category must be currently enrolled in a two or four year undergraduate collegiate degree program. There is no age limit for this category.
***Musicians competing in the Professional category must already have a professional career in music or be enrolled in masters or terminal degree program. There is no age limit for this category.
Known for his performances on three continents, JAMES WELCH maintains an active career as a piano soloist, chamber musician, conductor and instructor of piano at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia School of Music. He was a prize winner in many piano competitions including the John Pierce Langs and the Bradshaw and Buono International. He has performed solo and lecturer recitals for the SUNY at Buffalo; the SUNY at Fredonia; Morgan State University; East Carolina University; Jamestown Community College; all throughout the Portland, OR area; Lucca, Italy; and festivals throughout southern France. His chamber music performances have been heard on the stages of the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park with the Southwest String Quartet and a premiere performance with saxophonist Grant Larson of Philip Wharton’s Prohibition; the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society in Ontario with the Antero Winds; the Sydney Music Conservatorium in Sydney, Australia with soprano, Lianna Valente on the premiere performance of Dr. Timothy Brown’s Dreams Kept, Dreams Deferred; the many stages of the SUNY at Fredonia with various artists and repertoire including John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man and Lukas Foss’s Time Cycle; The Bop Stop in Cleveland, OH with The META Trio; stages along Italy’s Adriatic Coast with the Postacchini String Quartet; and his Carnegie Hall Debut in New York with violinist, Kaden Culp. His performances have been praised for his creative artistry by composers Lee Hoiby, John Corigliano, Eric Ewazen, Ian Clarke and Jason Robert Brown; to name a few. He has worked under the batons of Glen Cortese, Joann Falletta, William Weinert, Hugh Floyd, Joel Revzen, and Hans Schellevis. Additionally, he has played in workshops for William Eddins, Thomas Sauer, Renee Fleming, Giuseppe Sabatini, Victoria Clark, and Karen Akers. You can hear some of James’s performances with Jacob Swanson on their premiere recording titled, Invisible Cities.
James is also an active conductor and director of musical theatre. Recent credits include: Sweet Charity, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Ordinary Days (the Buffalo, NY premiere performance); The Last 5 Years (in performance for the composer, Jason Robert Brown); Spring Awakening; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; Godspell (2012 version); Little Shop of Horrors; Little Women; Once Upon a Mattress; Annie Get Your Gun; The Pirates of Penzance; and John & Jen; with theatre companies Sierra Repertory Theatre in Sonora, CA; University of Fredonia in Fredonia, NY; East Carolina University; O’Connell & Company, and New Buffalo Productions. Concert highlights include: A Tribute to Linda Ronstadt with headliner Yesnia McNett; a revue of Jason Robert Brown’s music (with Jason Robert Brown), and a Broadway revue concert featuring singer/actor Keith Buterbaugh on the Chautauqua Institute’s Amphitheater concert series. Other musical and operatic credits include: The Pirates of Penzance, Pippin, Kiss Me Kate, The Sound of Music, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Urinetown, Chicago, Anything Goes, Don Giovanni, Suor Angelica, Così fan tutte, La Cenerentola, The Abduction of Figaro and Carmen.
In recent years, James has arranged many workshops and benefit concerts to help support education, performance, and fundraisers. Highlights include: Workshops for singers and actors with Judy Kuhn (Disney’s Pocahontas); Tony Award winning musical director, Brian Usifer; an alumni piano recital to support endowments for the SUNY at Fredonia School of Music; and a church benefit concert which raised over $5,000 to build a self-sustaining medical clinic in LeCayes, Hatti.
James also has over 20 years of experience as a singer, conductor, educator, and administrator. Currently he is the pianist for the Western New York Chamber Orchestra; and a collaborative pianist for the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, CO. In previous years, he worked for the New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA) Choral Program; the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp; the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus; Director of many church music programs including choral, handbell, contemporary, orchestral, and instrumental chamber ensembles; and served as the board President for the Akron Community Band of Akron, NY.
James received his MM in Piano Performance from East Carolina University, and his BM in Piano Performance and Performer’s Certificate from the SUNY at Fredonia; with additional studies in piano from Music at Ambialet (now Music at Chateau D’AIX) in France; and operatic coaching and conducting at the Accademia Europea Dell’ Opera (AEDO) program in Lucca, Italy. His primary piano instructors have included, Robert Jordan, Dr. Paul Tardif, Paul Roberts, Brian Preston, and Mark Westcott. Additionally, James has studied conducting with Dr. Daniel Bara and Simone Luti; voice from Beverly Panten; and stringed instruments from Holly Meides.
Music is an artistic cornerstone that brings together math, history and art/imagery. It can be appreciated by many, but never be perfected. While performing, a musician must be able to simultaneously count beats, subdivide beats into duplets, triplets, quarters, quintuplets and beyond all within a steady pulse. Music highlights many cultures, many of our world’s biggest historical events, and continues to inspire stories, movies, dance, and social gatherings. Every student begins their musical training at different skill levels and varying abilities, and within any standard or curriculum there will always be varying results from one musician to the next. Some key ingredients to strong musical training include supportive instructors, supportive family, a disciplined practice routine, and much exposure to other musical artists. This combination will aid to produce endless musical possibilities. I am thrilled to be working with the Progressive Musicians team where I continue with the privilege of educating, encouraging, and rewarding musicians of all ages. ~ James Welch
Photo Credit: Kevin Michki Photography
ASHLEY DYER is a violinist who enjoys a multifaceted career as a performing artist and educator. She may frequently be seen with the Toledo, Columbus (OH), Jackson (MI), Flint, Michigan Opera Theatre, and Lansing Symphonies, where she has often served as Principal 2nd Violin. Since 2013, Ashley has served as Concertmaster of the pit orchestra for productions with the world-renowned University of Michigan Department of Musical Theatre.
Ashley has recently performed with such varied artists as Itzhak Perlman, Andrea Bocelli, Renée Fleming, Audra McDonald, Rachel Barton Pine, Rod Stewart, and Belle and Sebastian.
Formerly the Concertmaster of the Dearborn Symphony (MI), Ashley has also performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the National Repertory Orchestra (CO), the Lake Tahoe Music Festival Orchestra (CA), and as soloist with the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra (NC) and the Detroit Camerata. A native of Virginia Beach, VA, she has served as Assistant Concertmaster and Principal Second Violin of Symphonicity- the Symphony Orchestra of Virginia Beach.
Ashley performed with the Lake Tahoe Music Festival for five summers, serving as soloist and Concertmaster of the Academy Orchestra in 2015. Since 2013, she has performed as Assistant Concertmaster of the Hollywood Concert Orchestra (HCO), with whom she has toured the US, China, and Japan. Notable HCO tour performances include Beijing's National Centre of Performing Arts and Sapporo's Suntory Hall.
A dedicated and enthusiastic teacher, Ashley currently maintains a private violin studio in Columbus, OH, where she teaches with Suzuki Music Columbus. Ashley is a registered teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and completed long-term training for Violin Books 1-10 with Joanne Bath in Greenville, NC. In recent years, she has participated in teaching workshops with Almita Vamos and Simon Fischer. Ashley has served as a violin sectional leader, chamber music coach, and music theory teacher for Ann Arbor Huron and Pioneer High School's camps at Interlochen Arts Academy. She has worked extensively with the Ann Arbor Schools orchestras and has served as a chamber music coach for the Hampton Roads Chamber Players in Norfolk, VA.
In 2017- 2019, Ashley was a Next Generation Alumni Artist for the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival's Summer Chamber Music Institute (SCMI) at East Carolina University, where she coached young chamber ensembles and performed alongside world-class chamber musicians.
In the summer of 2020, Ashley will serve on faculty of the Suzuki Music Columbus Summer Institute.
Ashley completed a Masters in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan, studying with Yehonatan Berick. As a member of the University Symphony Orchestra, she performed at New York's Carnegie Hall. Ashley received a Bachelors in Violin Performance from East Carolina University under the tutelage of Ara Gregorian, where she served as Concertmaster of the East Carolina University Symphony. In addition, Ashley has studied at the University of North Carolina School for the Arts, Killington Music Festival in Vermont, and le Domaine Forget in Quebec, CA.
Ashley currently resides in Columbus, OH with her husband, clarinetist Mark Kleine.
Photo credit: Vera Davis
Dr. JASON PRISET is an internationally recognized guitarist as both a soloist and chamber musician with performances throughout the United States as well as concerts in Taiwan, England, and Spain. Dr. Priset holds a Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University and specializes in a variety of lute and guitar-related instruments. Dr. Priset also holds a Bachelor of Music from the State University of New York at Fredonia and has recently completed Formació Continuada at Escola Superior Musica Universidad de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Dr. Priset has appeared in concert through the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, Great Music in a Great Space, and Midtown Concerts (through GEMS) including concerts in the Cathedral at St. John the Divine and Alice Tully Hall in New York City as well as L’Auditori and Museu de la Música in Barcelona, Spain. Dr. Priset has appeared in concert with Paul O’Dette, Nigel North, Emma Kirkby, Xavier Díaz-Latorre, and the jazz trombonist Ray Anderson to name just a few. Concerts include performances with Brandywine Baroque, Early Music New York, Newton Baroque, LOFT Opera, Piffaro : The Renaissance Band, Stony Brook Opera, and Voyces of Staten Island.
As an educator Jason holds an extensive guitar and lute studio in Stony Point, NY near New York City and teaches students of all ages in a very eclectic number of styles. Dr. Priset has served on faculty at Montclair State University since 2016 and currently teaching both guitar and lute. Currently, Dr. Priset is also serving as Executive Director for the Lute Society of America Summer Festival (the largest festival of its kind in the United States) as well as serving on faculty at the Amherst Early Music Festival.