Here, US Marine Band is presenting to you a 2021 Concerto Competition for the high school musicians to come forward and live their dream to perform in a solo concert. “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, in conjunction with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, is organizing this Concerto Competition for High School Musicians. The applications can be submitted only through November 15, 2021. The winner of the competition will appear as a guest soloist with the Marine Chamber Orchestra and receive a $2,500 scholarship from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. Additionally, the second and third-place winners will receive $1,000 and $500 scholarships respectively. The following competition is open to high school musicians from grades 9-12 enrolled during the 2021-2022 academic year. String, piano, and harp players are eligible for this year’s competition.
Based on the application materials, finalists will be selected and invited to Washington, D.C., to compete in a final round performance that is open to the public. The finals will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, in the John Philip Sousa Band Hall at the Marine Barracks Annex in Washington, D.C., and will be streamed live at www.youtube.com/usmarineband. Finalists will perform the same selection submitted with their application materials for an audience and panel of judges consisting of the Marine Band Director, Marine Band Assistant Directors, and a guest adjudicator.
The Marine Band will provide a piano accompanist for applicants who advance to the final round, but finalists may bring their own accompanist if desired. Finalists will have the opportunity to be coached by a member of “The President’s Own” during their rehearsal time. Applicants selected for the final round of the competition in Washington, D.C. are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. Travel and lodging will be provided for the competition winner and one guardian for the solo performance with the Marine Chamber Orchestra on April 3, 2022.
The U.S. Marine Band is the only musical unit that bears the title “The President’s Own” and whose mission is to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. The Marine Band performs a varied repertoire including new works for wind ensemble, traditional concert band literature, challenging orchestral transcriptions, and the patriotic marches that made it famous. The band frequently features its members in solo performances that highlight their virtuosity and artistry.
Following is the brief description of the following scholarship:
|Organization||US Marine Band|
|Education Level||High school|
|Number of Awards||3|
|Contest Deadline||November 15, 2021|
|Application Fees||Not required|
|Requirements||Recording, application form, and recommendation|
Who is Eligible?
Following are the eligibility requirements for the following scholarship contest:
- This competition is open to high school musicians (grades 9-12) enrolled during the 2021-2022 academic year.
- String, piano, and harp players are eligible for this year’s competition. (Woodwind, brass, and percussion players will be able to apply in the 2022-2023 competition.)
- Previous competition winners and immediate family members of current/former U.S. Marine Band members are not eligible.
- All applicants must be U.S. citizens.
How to Apply?
The application has three components that must be received before the deadline to be eligible for the scholarship.
1. Performance Recording:
- Applicants must select ONE work from the repertoire list and submit an unedited recording of their performance accompanied by piano, band, or orchestra.
- Recordings must be submitted in the form of a YouTube video. The application form cannot be completed without a link to the video.
- When posting to YouTube, applicants may also designate the video as “unlisted,” meaning it is viewable only by people who have the direct link. If desired, the applicant can choose not to be visible in the video.
2. Online Application Form: Fill out and submit all required information on the online application form given on the scholarship portal.
3. Letter of Recommendation: A teacher familiar with your musicianship must provide a letter of recommendation. This letter must be submitted by your teacher directly, via email, to Major Ryan Nowlin at email@example.com.
The competition winner will be invited to perform his or her solo selection in concert with the Marine Chamber Orchestra in the Washington, D.C. area, at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 3, 2022, and will receive a $2,500 scholarship from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. Second and third-place winners will receive $1,000 and $500 scholarships respectively.
The deadline for the application submission for the following contest is November 15, 2021. No applications will be considered after this date.