The Montgomery Philharmonic announces the
2017 Bernie Rappaport
Middle School Young Artist Competition


The Bernie Rappaport Competition gives middle school musicians an opportunity to play a concerto with a symphony orchestra. Named in memory of a trumpet player in the Montgomery Philharmonic, the winners of the competition are featured in one of the MP's concerts and we provide a small prize to help the winners continue their music education.


Each year, the Montgomery Philharmonic chooses an instrument that is featured for the Rappaport Competition. Notices and applications are sent to music teachers in Montgomery County and surrounding counties. Auditions are usually held during the month of November and all applicants must play the prescribed piece and the scales listed on the application. After the audition, all applicants are contacted with the results and the winners are asked to memorize specific sections of the chosen work based upon the abilities they display at the audition. The group of winners performs “tag-team” style ofor the concert so that everyone has a chance to experience the major work without having to learn every single note.

We are happy to host the only middle school musician competition in the area where musicians are given an opportunity to conduct a major work with a symphony orchestra.

Application Due – Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Audition Date – Monday, November 14, 2016,
Audition Time – 5:00–6:30 PM (by appointment)

You may
audition online any time before November 12 by submitting a YouTube video link to info@montgomeryphilharmonic.org.
Purpose – The purpose of this competition is to give young students the chance to learn a major work without the pressure of having to memorize the entire piece. There will not be ONE winner, but rather a small GROUP of cellists. It is important that contestants realize that if you are chosen to be part of the cellist group, you will SHARE the playing in a tag team style with up to five members in the cellist GROUP. The Montgomery Philharmonic Music Director will match you to play various sections of the pieces according to your strengths. The decision of the Montgomery Philharmonic Music Director is final.

Prize – The opportunity to conduct the Montgomery Philharmonic at our February 2, 2017 concert at Watkins Mill High School
Repertoire – Antonin Dvorak – Slavonic Dance, Opus 46 No. 1 and No. 8
Please use the IMSLP Dover score and parts that are posted at these links:
Dance No. 1
Dance No. 8
You can also purchase a complete
score on Amazon Here
Eligibility – Applicants must be middle school students (Grades 6–8) who are enrolled in their school band or orchestra program. If your school does not have a band or an orchestra, please ask your parents to write a note.

Application – Please go online to submit your application or download the application or see your orchestra director or private teacher for an application form.

Information – Morgan Jenkins – mjj6@psu.edu