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Classical Minnesota Public Radio Presents: Minnesota Varsity 2017

April 30

5:00 pm

Minnesota Varsity is a showcase for top high-school musical talent in Minnesota and its environs. This is the third season that non-Minnesota residents, from areas bordering Minnesota and from Sun Valley, Idaho, are eligible to enter.

Music students (age 14-18 or 9th-12th grade) from across Minnesota, as well as those who live or attend school outside Minnesota but strictly within the listening areas reached by MPR’s terrestrial radio signal (MPR News, Classical MPR networks and The Current) are invited to submit a recording of an instrumental or vocal performance of a classical or musical theater work, for evaluation by a panel of MPR judges. Performances can be solo, or with a group, and can be up to 10 minutes in length. This year, student composers in the same age group are invited to submit an original score for trumpet, cello, and piano or for any solo or combination of those instruments, between 3 and 7 minutes in length.

Ten to fifteen instrumental and vocal entrants are chosen by the MPR Judges for the Featured Round. Featured Round Artists are invited to make a professional recording of their performances in MPR’s Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio in St. Paul. These performances are broadcast on Classical MPR, and are made available to stream online. Up to five Featured Composers are chosen by an American Composers Forum panel of judges. Featured Composers are invited to a Workshop Day with charter ACF member and composer Carol Barnett as Mentor, to have their works performed by an ensemble and to receive assistance in polishing their compositions and presenting them to an audience.

Ten to fifteen instrumental and vocal entrants are chosen by the MPR Judges for the Featured Round. Featured Round Artists are invited to make a professional recording of their performances in MPR’s Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio in St. Paul. These performances are broadcast on Classical MPR, and are made available to stream online. Up to five Featured Composers are chosen by an American Composers Forum panel of judges. Featured Composers are invited to a Workshop Day with charter ACF member and composer Carol Barnett as Mentor, to have their works performed by an ensemble and to receive assistance in polishing their compositions and presenting them to an audience.

The concert is free and open to the public. The Fitzgerald Showcase Event will be broadcast live. Advance reservations are encouraged.

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