R. L. Halversen Young Artist Concert





R.L. Halversen Young Artist Concert

Open Audition Call

April 18, 2014

Dear Music Teachers and Youth Musicians,

The Orchestra of Southern Utah is pleased to announce that our annual R.L. Halversen Young Artist Concert is open once again for auditions. We understand the dedication and time it takes to prepare for a solo and invite all soloists to participate! We challenge all musicians from age 13-25 to prepare and audition with a concerto, symphonic solo, or original composition.

The “Roy L. Halversen Young Artist Concert” honors a beloved teacher who came to Cedar City after training at Juilliard and in Germany. He taught countless young people and built a string program at the local university. We feel this is an appropriate way to honor the memory of the man who did so much to establish the standard of musical excellence in Cedar City.

The concert will take place at an evening concert on February 19, 2015 and a family matinee on February 21, 2015. Those selected to perform at these concerts will receive a $50 honorarium, 3 complimentary tickets, experience as a soloist with a symphony orchestra, and opportunity to participate in school assemblies across Iron County. Those not selected to perform, will have the invaluable experience of preparing/performing a formal audition, as well as opportunity for a feature on the OSU website and Youtube channel.

To give potential soloists as much time to prepare as possible, the deadline for recorded auditions should be received by Wednesday, October 10, 2014; they may be submitted any time prior. Please have the best quality digital CD recording possible. Six to Eight finalists will be chosen from the recording for the live audition on Saturday, November 15, 2014; finalists must be present at live auditions for further consideration. Time and location of live auditions are to be determined. Since this is a concert competition it is essential to hear the accompaniment as well as the solo part. Any audition (live or recorded) without accompaniment will not be considered. Rehearsals will be held Thursday evenings in January and February with a dress rehearsal on February 18, 2015. The performance is recorded and may be broadcast via youtube and our website.

If you would like your audition materials returned to you, please note it and include a self-addressed and stamped envelope with audition application and CD.

We ask that music be chosen from the OSU library, SUU library, or that may be purchased. Any music that would be rented is at the expense of the soloist. For any questions, please e-mail Emily Hepworth at emilyosucedarcity@gmail.com.

If you have any further questions, please, don’t hesitate to contact me. We look forward to hearing many talented young musicians this season!


Pete Akins

Executive Director, Orchestra of Southern Utah

435-592-4266 435-592-4266 or peteakins@tlc2.org

Audition Applications enclosed and available on www.orchestraofsouthernutah.org/halversen

Please click here for the Application. 


Below is the information for the 2015 concert:

Three to four young soloists will be chosen by competitive auditions to showcase their musical prowess.  Original composition is a new category.

 Audition recordings due Oct. 10; Live Auditions, Nov. 15; Dress Rehearsal Feb. 18 Concert Feb. 19 and Feb. 21, 2015

Please choose music we own or can buy.

No rentals unless you pay the rental cost and we would prefer to avoid rentals because they usually cannot be recorded.

Original compositions encouraged.  One complete movement OR up to five minutes per submission.



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