The Washtenaw Community Concert Band's ANNUAL CONCERTO COMPETITION offers cash prizes totaling $2,000. The winner ($1,500 cash prize) and runner-up ($500 cash prize) will perform their concertos with the WCCB in concert.
Applicants must be enrolled in grades 9–12 in a public, parochial, or private high school located in Washtenaw County, be a member of the school's band or orchestra, and be a player of an instrument commonly used in concert bands. The applicant must have parental and band/orchestra teacher approval to apply. Music to be performed for the audition must be from the approved list. Prior approval from Chris Heidenreich, Conductor and Music Director, is required for any proposed substitutions (email email@example.com). The initial round of judging is based on a video recording that the applicant posts on a non-public section of YouTube.
Performed Georges Hue's Fantaisie for Flute and Winds with the WCCB on February 27, 2020.
Abi Middaugh is in the 10th grade at the Early College Alliance in Ypsilanti. Abi first noticed the flute at age three when her parents took her to an orchestra concert and started playing that same year. She has continually studied with Kelly McDermott, whom she cannot thank enough for her inspiring words and unrelenting wisdom. Abi owes her improvement on the flute and with overcoming performance anxiety to Kelly. After graduation, Abi plans on attending a college in the Midwest as a flute performance major with an undecided minor or double major.
Abi held the position of first chair throughout most of middle school and is thoroughly enjoying her first year participating in the Michigan Youth Symphonic Orchestra under Maestro Adrian Slywotzky. Last fall, she served as principal flutist on Ottorino Respighi’s Pines of Rome under Maestro Kenneth Keisler, which helped her grow as an orchestral flutist.
Abi is involved in her instructor’s flute group known as the Pitchbenders. This group of high school students travel and perform around Southeast Michigan including visits to senior homes, festivals, and private events. They are very passionate about teen mental health, and when they recorded their 2017 CD entitled Wind Songs, 100 percent of the proceeds were donated to the University of Michigan Depression Center, a sum of several thousand dollars.
Through hard work, Abi has grown to love and respect music for its infinite feelings and inflections. She believes music portrays what words and images cannot and that it is also undervalued in today’s society. If more people were to listen to and appreciate music, she believes we would be more open to listening to the words of others, creating a more peaceful society.
Besides expressing herself through music, Abi loves photography, shopping, movies, and spending time with her parents and younger sister, Josi. Abi is excited to have this opportunity to challenge herself and perform with the WCCB, and she hopes this will jump-start her musical career.
Will perform the Rondo from the Bassoon Concerto, Op.75, by Carl Maria von Weber with the WCCB at a future date to be announced.
Brian lives in Ann Arbor and is currently a junior at Pioneer High School. He initially started playing the clarinet in 5th grade under the direction of Craig Berry. He began playing bassoon at the end of 6th grade under the direction of Fred Smith and subsequently Lauren Stout. He began studying privately with Nora Schankin, to whom he is extremely grateful for her support tutoring, and encouragement. Brian is first chair bassoon in the Pioneer Symphony Band under the direction of David Leach, a position he has held since entering 9th grade. He has performed with the Pioneer Symphony Band in Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, and this year will travel to and perform in Germany. Brian is first chair bassoon in the Pioneer Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Jonathan Glawe and is co-principal bassoonist of the Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra.
This is Brian’s first concerto competition, and he is extremely grateful for the opportunity to perform at the summer concert with the Washtenaw Community Concert Band.
When Brian is not playing the bassoon, he is continuing to study the clarinet with Janet Sommerfeld, to whom he is immensely grateful for her continued support and encouragement. In 2017, Brian participated on the clarinet with the Honors Performance Series ensemble and performed at Carnegie Hall.
Brian also enjoys playing the alto and baritone saxophone, the acoustic guitar, piano, and listening to and playing jazz. Brian is grateful to all the music teachers he has had and the incredible experiences that music has given him. After graduation from high school, he plans to pursue a major in music performance.
The deadline for the Seventh Annual Concerto Competition will be in January 2021.
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All communications and submission of materials must be directed to Chris Heidenreich at firstname.lastname@example.org, including the application form, requests for substitutions to approved music list, and general questions.