Young Artists Solo Competition

Sponsored by

Palen Music Center

The NorthWinds Symphonic Band would like to thank Palen Music Center for supporting our organization and for sponsoring the Solo Competition. Palen Music Center funds our winning performer’s scholarship award totaling $1000

Shawn Griddine, 2013 solo competition winner, performing "The Carnival of Venice" on our 2013 May concert.

Shawn Griddine, 2013 solo competition winner, performing "The Carnival of Venice" on our 2013 May concert.

Chris Kidwell 2012 Winner

Chris Kidwell 2012 Winner

Joel Gordon 2011 Winner

Joel Gordon 2011 Winner

Felice Doynov 2010 Winner

Felice Doynov 2010 Winner

The NorthWinds Symphonic Band, a music educators' band, is proud to host an annual solo competition for outstanding young instrumentalists.  The winner of this competition will perform with NorthWinds on their annual Spring concert on May 4, 2014 and will also receive a $1,000 scholarship from the band. Up to two additional scholarships of $250 each may be awarded to runner-ups.

Printable Application

Online Application

Selected Repertoire List

Application Deadline - February 14, 2014

Who is Eligible?

The competition is open to instrumental musicians (ages 15-18) during the 2013-14 NorthWinds season. Eligibility is restricted to performers of woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. Entries from soloists in college will not be accepted.

Rules and Application Guidelines

Soloists interested in applying for this competition should provide a letter of intent to audition via electronic mail by February 7, 2014 to:  

The letter of intent must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format, and emailed to Stacy Lendt at
Letter of Intent must include:
1. Full Name
2. School Name (if applicable, for biography purposes only)
3. Age (as of the date of the application)
4. Home Address
5. Phone Number
6. Email Address
7. Instrument
8. Title of Solo you intend to audition with.
9. A short paragraph describing your musical goals and why you intend to audition for this solo contest.

Following this submitted notice, the applicant should obtain and complete the application (see above).

The first round of auditions will require a submitted recorded performance along with a completed application form and two letters of reference. After a preliminary round of judging is completed, finalists will participate in a mandatory “live” audition to be held on the afternoon of March 9th, 2014.  

The winning musician will be selected shortly thereafter and will be notified by March 11, 2014. Receiving the award is conditional upon the winner being available and committed to participating in dress rehearsal dates (March 30, April 6, 13, 27) and the performance date of May 4th, 2014.

Applicants are encouraged to select from works found on the NorthWinds Symphonic Band Young Artists Solo Competition Music Repertoire List and must submit an audio recording of their performance on the chosen selection(s). All submissions must include piano, band, orchestral, or SmartMusic accompaniment. Works not found on the list must be approved for use by the NorthWinds Symphonic Band Solo Competition committee prior to the submission of an application.

Along with the initial audition recording, a completed application form and two (2) reference letters are required from individuals who can best attest to your musical abilities and skills, especially related to solo performance. Letters should include information on the relationship of the reference writer to the applicant.

It is imperative that any literature performed must be representative of the soloist’s ability on his or her instrument. Band accompaniment must be available* for any literature performed.

*“Available” is defined as: Currently available in the NorthWinds Symphonic Band library, or obtainable from readily available* sources (e.g., in print and readily available for purchase or rental, or otherwise obtainable by the soloist.

Each selection submitted for the audio audition must be recorded straight through with no editing. To reiterate: all submissions must include piano, band, orchestral, or SmartMusic accompaniment. The best recording quality possible is recommended. Applicants may submit a cassette tape, CD or MP3 recording of their audition.  DVDs will not be accepted.

Please limit the unedited recording to no more than 10 minutes in length.
All soloists must provide their own accompanists for their recorded and live audition.

Each recording must be clearly labeled with applicant’s name, instrument, and recorded musical selection(s) – (complete title, movement(s), composer/arranger, and type of accompaniment). Submitted recordings will not be returned. Recordings may be sent as MP3 files to These must also be clearly labeled in the email with the same specifications as CD recordings.

All application materials, including the completed application form, an unedited audio recording, and two letters of reference, must be postmarked on or before Friday, February 14, 2014

Send to: 

NWS Band c/o Stacy Lendt
10803 Haskins Street
Lenexa, KS  66210

The winner will perform a selection from their submitted audition material. The Solo Competition coordinator, the conductor of the NorthWinds Symphonic Band, and the winning musician will collectively decide upon the performance selection(s). Factors to be considered (but not limited to) include available accompaniment, length, programming considerations, etc.

The NorthWinds Symphonic Band Young Artists Solo Competition includes scholarship awards that will be provided to winners upon completion of their high school education.




Letter of intent (via email): Feb. 7th
Application deadline (postmark date): Feb. 14th
Finalists announced: Sunday, March 2nd
Live auditions: Sunday, March 9th
Winner announced: March 11th
Rehearsals with NorthWinds: March 30th, April 6th, 13th, 27th
Performance: May 4th


The NorthWinds Symphonic Band Solo Competition committee, the directors, and membership reserve the right to make their selection(s) based on any and all information provided in the applications and/or reference letters. The selection of a clear winner will be contingent upon the unanimous approval of the adjudicating panel.