The Cedar Rapids Municipal Band Young Artist Competition is ON for 2022!
The winner of the competition will be the featured guest soloist during one week of the summer season and
receive a $500 cash award. Please note that runners-up may be named and have an opportunity to receive a cash prize and perform with the band, as well.
The competition is open to any woodwind, brass, or percussion student in grades 9 through 12 who lives in Linn County or participates in a school band program in Linn County. Auditions will take place at Washington High School on Wednesday, April 13 (conveniently timed after IHSMA Solo/Small Ensemble Festival), between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Applicants should prepare a solo or solo excerpt approximately 5-6 minutes in length. Use of an accompanist is highly recommended but not required. Audition pieces do not need to have a published band accompaniment.
The winning student will be selected by a large panel including local music professionals, CRMB members, and CRMB commission members. CRMB conductor Steve Shanley will consult with the winning student to select an appropriate piece with band accompaniment, or will arrange a band accompaniment for his or her solo.