For young musicians, new contests from Sphinx and New West Symphony

Posted on: October 16, 2012

The Sphinx Organization and the New West Symphony have each announced December deadlines for new young-musician contests. For its “Sphinx Stars” contest showcasing Detroit-area young musicians, Sphinx is accepting applications from instrumentalists and vocalists age 18 and under, of all genres and cultural backgrounds from Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties in Michigan. Musicians may audition by uploading a video to the Sphinx website by December 31, or by requesting a live audition, to be held on December 15 in Detroit. Semi-finalists and finalists will compete on May 12, 2013, with the winner to receive a $10,000 cash prize and community-engagement performance opportunities. The New West Symphony, which performs in Santa Monica, Oxnard, and Thousand Oaks, California is inviting young singers between ages 18 and 35 to audition for the soloist slots in its May performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony for its SymphoNet Young Artists YouTube Competition, co-sponsored by the career-consulting company iCadenza. To apply, singers must submit an audition video to YouTube by December 1. Contest judges will choose three finalists for each voice part, and the singer for each voice part who receives the most “likes” on YouTube between December 1 and January 4 will automatically advance to the final round, held in Los Angeles on February 2, when winners will be announced. Winners will perform at the orchestra’s three May concerts of Beethoven’s Ninth with the Los Robles Master Chorale, and will each receive a $2,500 prize and three months of career consulting from iCadenza. 

Posted October 16, 2012