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TCO Concerto Competition

Congratulations 2017 Winners

Hear Sakurako Saimaru 

Congratulations 2016 Winners

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David Restivo, Executive Director
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2017 International Concerto Competition

2017 Concerto Competition Winners

Join us for the Winners’ Concert 
Saturday May 13th, 8pm
Chappaqua Performing Arts Center
(Formerly Wallace Auditorium)
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Senior Division:
1st Place: Julian Langford – Cello
Stonybrook University/The Juilliard  School
$2000 - The George and Sheila Drapeau First Prize
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Junior Division:
1st Place: Dylan Wu - Cello
The Juilliard Pre-College
$1000 - The Frank and Suzanne Shiner First Prize

Senior Division:

2nd Place: Georgia Lazaridou – Piano   
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania


3rd Place: Radoslawa Jasik – Piano

The New School – Mannes
 $500 - The David and Natalia Restivo Third Prize

Junior Division:
2nd Place: Sara Scanlon – Cello
The Juilliard Pre-College
$500 - The Carmen and Rafael Forte Second Prize
Sara Scanlon

3rd Place: William Tang – Piano
Hunter College High School/Manhattan School of Music Pre-College
$300 - The Georgia and Ron Frasch Third Prize

William Tang

Auditions March 30 – April 1, 2017 
Music Conservatory of Westchester 216 Central Park Avenue, White Plains, NY
In our 2nd Annual Concerto Competition, students compete in two divisions – Junior (12-17), tristate area only, and Senior (18-25), no geographical restrictions - audition for six winning spots and a monetary prize.

Rules and Regulations
Preliminary Round: Thursday, March 30th, 2pm-7pm; Friday, March 31st, 2pm-7pm
Final Round: Saturday, April 1st, 2pm
Winner’s Concert: May 13, 2017, Wallace Auditorium, Chappaqua, NY

$125 per applicant. Send application and checks payable to:
The Chappaqua Orchestra, P.O. Box 461, Chappaqua, NY 10514
Or pay online at: http://tcoconcertocompetitionfee2017.brownpapertickets.com
Proof of payment must be sent with application.
The deadline for submitting all materials and payment is February 1st, 2017.

Junior: 12-17, Senior: 18-25

  • Participants must provide proof of age with a copy of their Birth Certificate.
  • High school seniors who turn 18 before the audition date may participate in the Junior division.
  • Junior Division is limited to NY, CT & NJ; No geographical limitations for Senior Division.

            Location: Music Conservatory of Westchester:
                216 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606, 914.761.3900, www.musicconservatory.org                                     

  • One movement of a Sonata must be performed for both Divisions; Junior Division: One movement of Concerto must be performed; Senior Division: Complete Concerto must be performed. The Sonata and Concerto must be contrasting and chosen from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or 20th Century/Contemporary repertoire.
  • Accompanists will NOT be provided.
  • Participants must provide their own sheet music for Sonatas
  • All Concerti must be memorized
  • Details on audition date and time will be emailed 3 weeks prior to the competition; participants must be available for the assigned time
  • Participants will be notified the afternoon of March 31st if they will be in the Final Round
  • Junior division participants must be accompanied to the audition by a parent or guardian

Prizes: All winners will be announced on the Chappaqua Orchestra’s website by April 3, 2017

  • Senior Division:
    • 1st Prize: $2000; Perform entire Concerto with TCO in our May Concert
    • 2nd Prize: $1000*
    • 3rd Prize: $500*
  • Junior Division:
    • 1st Prize: $1000; Perform 1 movement of Concerto with TCO in our May Concert
    • 2nd Prize: $500*
    • 3rd Prize: $300*
  • 1st Prize winners of both divisions may have their performance played on a nationwide NYC radio station broadcast

* Each 2nd and 3rd place winners from each division will have the opportunity to play in a section of TCO for our May Concert. All winners are encouraged to attend the May Concert to receive their prizes.
* Some participants will receive an Honorable Mention and will have the opportunity to sit in a section of TCO for our May Concert.

The Chappaqua Orchestra’s and the participating Judges’ decisions are final.

For any additional questions please contact the Executive Director at info@chappaquaorchestra.org

Winners' Concert Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 8 pm
Wallace Auditorium
480 Bedford Rd, Chappaqua, NY

The top prizewinners from each division will perform solo concerti with the orchestra conducted by Michael Shapiro. Concert concludes with Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony.
Tickets - $30, Seniors/Students $20 Buy Online

on Wednesday October 19th – between 9pm – 10pm

Congratulations 2016 Winners

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Sakurako Saimaru Joe Konno Dorothy Madubuko
Sakurako Saimaru Joe Konno

Dorothy Madubuko

Hear Sakurako Saimaru Sakurako Saimaru

Visit the YouTube link below to watch The Chappaqua Orchestra's 2016 Concerto Competition 1st place winner – Sakurako Saimaru – perform the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto No.1 E minor, Op. 64 and her encore of the Bach Sonata.

Mendelssohn:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0gdn6fwqS4

Bach:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVJ_65aVcgk

You can also listen to Miss Saimaru's performance on WQXR – Robert Sherman’s – "Young Artist Showcase"on Wednesday October 19th – between 9pm – 10pm

Be a Winner, Sponsor a Winner!

Your sponsorship may be the first step to a promInent career for one of our bright young talents. Opportunities for naming sponsorships start at $500. Please conctact David Restivo at info@chappaquaorchestra.org

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