Competitions & Awards

Competitions & Awards 2017-07-18T21:11:25+00:00

David Hubbell Concerto Competition

Since 1995, the Alachua County Youth Orchestra has hosted the David Hubbell Concerto Competition which highlights its winner as the ACYO’s spring concert guest soloist.  Young musicians are invited to submit an application to audition in December of each year.  Once their proposed piece (concerto or aria) is approved by the ACYO Conductor, they perform the piece by memory in the presence of adjudicators who determine if there is a winner.  This prestigious award has launched the music careers of successful musicians from our area; the ACYO is proud to support their growth and exposure.

Please note the following important dates for the 2017 Concerto Competition:

  • Application and fee payment due to ACYO Saturday, December 31, 2016.
  • Competition Auditions Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 1:30PM; UF Music Building, Room 101.
  • Competition winner performs at the ACYO Spring Concert at 7:00 pm on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at UF’s University Auditorium.

Click here for a copy of the Hubbell Concerto Competition application form including eligibility, procedures, audition and selection details.

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Concerto Contestant Name


David Hubbell Concerto Competition Past Winners

Year
Winner
Grade
Selection
Composer

2015

Skyler Covert

10

Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35

Tchaikovsky

2014

MinJia Zhong

12

Piano Concerto No. 2

Chopin

2013

Bailey-Michelle Collins

10

Piano Concerto in A minor

Grieg

2012

Julia Lee

6

Concerto for Violincello and Orchestra

Elgar

2011

Michael Helvey

9

Symphonie Espagnole for Violin and Orchestra

Lalo

2010

Kimberly Fang

12

Violin Concerto no. 5 in A minor

Vieuxtemps

2009

Katherine Shen

12

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor

Chopin

2008

Jimmy Wong

12

Violin Concerto in D minor

Sibelius

2007

Lucy Zhong

9

Piano Concerto

Grieg

2006

Christine Shen

11

Concerto No. 3 in B minor

Saint-Saëns

2005

Vivia Chengsi

8

Shostakovich Piano Concerto

Shostakovich

2004

Alan Clark

7

Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 50

Kabalevsky

2003
Victoria Brown
12
Piano Concerto in A minor
Grieg
2002
Jung-Yun Lee
9
Cello Concerto in E minor
Elgar
2001
Taiko Pelick
10
Piano Concerto No. 1 G minor
Mendelssohn
2000
Dwanleen Eric. Shen
12
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major
Tschaikowsky
1999
Angela Simmens
8
Suite Hebraigue for Viola and Orchestra
Bloch
1998
Micah Killion
12
Concerto for Trumpet in E flat
Arutunian
1997
Shu-Ping Shen
12
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso for Violin
and Orchestra
Saint-Saëns
1996
1996
Elaina Cook
Prentis Lee
10
11
Violin Concerto # 5
Violin Concerto in E minor
Mozart
Mendelssohn

Dorothy Reaves Senior String Competition

The Dorothy Reaves String Award, sponsored by the Foundation for the Promotion of Music (FPM), is presented annually to an outstanding string player who is enrolled in 11th or 12th grade at a school in Alachua County. The winner will be presented the award and a monetary prize of $350 and will perform at the annual FPM Awards Recital. For 2016, applications must be received by mail or email before Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Successful applicants will audition on Saturday, March 5, in the Choir Room at First Presbyterian Church, 300 SW 2nd Avenue, Gainesville, Florida. Audition material must consist of a work for solo instrument chosen by the applicant. Music is not restricted to American composers. Each soloist must provide a piano accompanist (unless the selected literature is specifically written for unaccompanied instrumentalist) at both the audition and the award recital. The 2016 FPM Awards Recital will be held at the historic Thomas Center on Sunday, April 17, 2016, at 2 pm. The application can be found here, 2016 Dorothy Reaves String Award Application. There is no application fee. For more information, please contact Bill Dishman, afn54653@yahoo.com, (352) 338-1763, 3622 NW 53rd Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32606.

 

Betsy Schnell Youth Award in Music

The Betsy Schnell Youth Award in Music, sponsored by the Foundation for the Promotion of Music (FPM), is presented annually to outstanding musicians, including vocalists, who are middle and high school students in Alachua County or a contiguous county. The winners will be presented the award and a monetary prize and will perform at the FPM’s Annual Meeting at the historic Thomas Center on Sunday, April 17, 2016, at 2 pm. Application letters along and the nonrefundable $10 application fee (make checks payable to FPM) should be sent to BETSY SCHNELL YOUTH AWARD, 2020 NW 56th Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32605. Application must be received by April 2, 2016, and must include:

  • Student’s name, address, and phone number
  • Instrument or Voice
  • Age, grade, and name of school
  • Parents’ names
  • Teacher’s name, phone number, and a chronological list of previous teachers
  • Repertoire, including accurate timings

Auditions will be held on April 9, 2016. There are two levels of competition. Middle school applicants are required to perform an 8 to 12 minute memorized program representing at least two different periods of music. High school applicants are required to perform a 13 to 20 minute memorized program representing at least three different periods of music. Piano concertos are not allowed; however, string and wind concertos are permitted. Each student must bring music for the adjudicator’s use, clean and with measures numbered; photocopies are not permitted. For more information, please contact Barbara Young by emial at bobbe39@juno.com.

 

Sarah Baird Fouse Wind Award

The Sarah Baird Fouse Wind Award, sponsored by the Foundation for the Promotion of Music (FPM), is presented to an outstanding wind player (woodwind/brass) in high school living in Alachua or contiguous counties. The winner will receive a monetary prize and be invited to perform at the FPM’s Annual Meeting at the historic Thomas Center on Sunday, April 17, 2016, at 2 pm. Auditions will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at First Presbytarian Church, 300 SW 2nd Avenue, Gainesville, FL. For more information, please contact Bill Dishman by email at afn54653@yahoo.com.