OBU to Host Concerto Competition for High School Seniors

OBU's Division of Music will host a Concerto Aria Competition for high school seniors - with a prize including a $4,000 scholarship, a $500 cash award and an opportunity to perform with an orchestra - on Saturday, Dec. 4, in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium.

Vocalists, pianists and instrumentalists can enter only with a memorized piece of work. One $4,000 scholarship to OBU will be awarded to the winner, as well as a cash award of $500. The winner will perform in the prestigious OBU Concerto-Aria Concert on Feb. 20, 2011, at 8 p.m.

The Concerto-Aria Competition has been a musical highlight at OBU for 36 years, but this is the first year OBU is hosting a competition for high school students. This also will be the first year a high school student is invited to perform in the university concert.

High school seniors are invited to compete for a coveted spot in OBU Concerto-Aria Concert on Saturday, Dec. 4, in Raley Chapel. Entries must be received by Nov. 1.

"The Concerto-Aria series was born from the desire to allow OBU piano majors the opportunity to work with an orchestra," said Thresa Swadley, secretary to the dean of Fine Arts and coordinator of music recruitment for the Division of Music.

The original competition was not well-known, Swadley said, but grew over the years to become a university-wide event. Now the competition includes vocalists and instrumentalists who compete for a coveted spot on the program. Dr. Ron Lewis, professor emeritus of piano, was one of the main founders of the event.

This year's competition, which provides additional musical experience for the university students, will provide a great learning opportunity for the high school students.

"Many musicians are never given the opportunity to work with a conductor and perform with a live orchestra," Swadley said. "To be able to do this and learn the art and technique of collaborating with a large ensemble gives students an amazing opportunity to grow and mature as a musician."

Entries must be completed and signed by parent or legal guardian before the competition. All entries must be postmarked by Nov. 1, 2010. An entry form can be found online by clicking here.

For more information, contact Thresa Swadley at (405) 878-2305 or music@okbu.edu.