Featuring WindSync Wind Quintet

Garrett Hudson, flute
Emily Tsai, oboe
Julian Hernandez, clarinet
Kara LaMoure, bassoon
Anni Hochhalter, horn


In its ninth season, the prizewinning Houston-based wind quintet builds highly thematic programs that feature landmark quintets, new works by American composers, and premiere arrangements of standard repertoire with the goal of increasing accessibility and cultural significance of wind chamber music. WindSync is recognized for dramatic, fully memorized concert presentations that often feature collaborators from the worlds of music, dance, and multimedia.

WindSync tours nationally and internationally, appearing at venues including the Schubert Club (MN), Met Museum, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. In 2015, WindSync was invited by the Library of Congress to perform the world premiere of Paul Lansky’s “The Long and the Short of it”, commissioned by the Carolyn Royall Just Fund and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. WindSync’s most recent large-scale project is “The Cosmos,” a concerto for wind quintet and orchestra by Michael Gilbertson that received two performances in 2016. Other premieres include works by Paul English, Garrett Schumann, and Mark Buller.

WindSync takes a special interest in reaching children, families, and underserved audiences. Part of the burgeoning creative placemaking movement, the ensemble has recently focused on activating public spaces via music in Houston and in Opelousas, LA. They have been featured in educational concerts presented by the Seattle Symphony, Midland Symphony, and Orli Shaham’s “Baby Got Bach”, and their concerts for young people reach over 5,000 students per year.

Advocates of 21st century musicianship models and community-oriented programming, the members of WindSync have led master classes at New World Symphony, Texas Music Festival, and the University of Maryland Renegade Series, among others. WindSync has also served as ensemble-in-residence for the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington (KY), Grand Teton Music Festival, and the Da Camera of Houston Young Artists Program.

For more info visit windsync.org.

 

Schedule of Events

Registration Deadlines

February 4, 2019
Early-bird registration deadline for all divisions. Registration fee $25 per person.
Early-bird audio submission and registration deadline for College, Graduate and Young Artists divisions. Registration fee $25 per person.

February 11, 2019
Registrations and audio audition submissions for College, Graduate and Young Artist divisions due. Registration fee $35 per person.

February 25, 2019
Registrations for Junior, High School and Community divisions due. Registration fee $35 per person.
All applications must be received via online registration or postmarked no later than the dates above.

Competition

Saturday, March 30th, 9 PM
University of New Orleans
Performing Arts Center Recital Hall
St. Anthony Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70122

WindSync Masterclass

Sunday, March 31st, 1:00 PM
Tulane University
Rogers Memorial Chapel
1229 Broadway St.
New Orleans, LA 70118

Panel Discussion 

Panel Discussion with members of WindSync, Lyrica Baroque and New Orleans Friends of Music board members. Topics will include career development and the chamber music industry. Q+A will also be included.

Sunday, March 31st, 4:00 PM
Tulane University
Rogers Memorial Chapel
1229 Broadway St.
New Orleans, LA 70118

Junior Division Masterclass

Sunday, March 31st, 5 PM
Tulane University
Rogers Memorial Chapel
1229 Broadway St.
New Orleans, LA 70118

Winners Showcase Performance

Monday, April 1st, 6 PM
Tulane University
Dixon Hall
33 Audubon Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70118
 

WindSync Performance on the Friends of Music Concert Series

Monday, April 1st, 7:30 PM
Tulane University
Dixon Hall
33 Audubon Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70118

2019 NOLA Chamber Fest Judges

 

Pre-Screening & Junior Division Judges

Amelia Clingman, viola
Stephen Orejudos, trumpet

High School, College, Graduate, Community & Young Artist Division Judges

Jack Peña, bassoon

Matthew Wright, trombone

Jeanne Jaubert, cello

Guest Artist Judge for the Young Artist Division

Maestro Robert Lyall, Artistic and General Director, New Orleans Opera Association

 

Meet Our Judges (click image for bio)

Amelia Clingman

Stephen Orejudos

Jack Peña

Matt Wright

Jeanne Jaubert

Maestro Robert Lyall


Rules & Information for Participation

NOLA Chamber Fest was established to promote chamber music in New Orleans and the Gulf South region. Our mission is to inspire and motivate classical musicians through the experience of true collaboration and artistic independence that only chamber music can offer.

 

DATES

February 4, 2019

Early-bird registration for all divisions. Registration fee $25 per person.

Early-bird pre-screening recording submission deadline for College, Graduate, and Young Artist divisions. Recording and application must be submitted together.

 

February 11, 2019

Registrations and pre-screening recording submission for College, Graduate and Young Artist divisions due. Registration fee $35 per person.

 

February 25, 2019

Registrations for Junior, High School and Community divisions due. Registration fee $35 per person.

College, Graduate and Young Artist division pre-screening results announced via email.

 

March 30, 2019

Competition for all divisions. (A specific schedule will be provided no later than two weeks prior to the competition.)

 

March 31, 2019

1:00 PM WindSync Masterclass for Community, High School, College, Graduate, and Young Artist divisions.

4:00 PM Panel Discussion with members of WindSync, Lyrica Baroque and New Orleans Friends of Music board members. Topics will include career development and the chamber music industry. Q+A will also be included.

5:00 PM Junior Division Masterclass

 

April 1, 2019

6:00 PM Winners Showcase Performance

7:30 PM WindSync Performance

 

NOLA Chamber Fest is a three-day festival. Please plan to attend as many events as possible. Group rates are available at the Alder Hotel Uptown (www.alderhotel.com) for ensembles traveling from out of town. Please contact us for further information and as early as possible as rooms fill quickly!

 

COMPETITION ELIGIBILITY

The competition contains six divisions:

  • Junior includes groups whose members are current 4th through 8th grade students.
  • High School includes groups whose members are current high school students, or a combination of middle and high school students.
  • College includes groups whose members are enrolled in an undergraduate program, or a combination of college and high school students.
  • Graduate includes groups whose members are enrolled in a graduate program (i.e. master’s degree, artist diploma, doctorate), or a combination of undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Community includes groups whose members are adults not enrolled in a university music program.
  • Young Artist includes groups whose members are post graduates, not currently enrolled in a university or conservatory program, and are 35 years of age or younger by Feb. 11, 2019.

Each entering chamber ensemble should consist of 2 – 8 performers, none of whom may be full-time *professional musicians. Ensembles should receive regular coachings from a qualified professional coach prior to the competition.

*Musicians would only be excluded from participating if the majority of their income is earned as a performing musician. This does not apply to the Graduate and Young Artist Division.

Only musicians who currently reside in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and Texas are eligible to apply.

 

PRE-SCREENING SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Ensembles competing in College, Graduate and Young Artist divisions are required to submit a pre-screening recording. (See repertoire requirements for each division below.) Pre-screened recordings will be blind and judged by two judges. Up to five ensembles from each division may be advanced to the live competition on March 30, 2019 in New Orleans.

To submit your ensemble’s recording:

  1. Upload an audio file in any of the following formats: MP3, AAC,  M4A
  2. Email link to nolachamberfest@lyricabaroque.com with your ensemble’s name in the subject.

 

REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS

 

JUDGES

The competition will be judged by a total of  six professional musicians. The pre-screening round will be judged by a panel of two judges. These same two judges will also judge the live competition on March 30, 2019 for the Junior Division. A panel of three different judges will judge the live competition for the High School, College, Graduate, and Community Divisions. The Graduate and Young Artist divisions will be judged by this same panel of three in addition to one guest judge.

 

RESULTS

Results of the pre-screening round will be announced no later than February 25, 2019 by email. Results of the live audition on March 30, 2019 will be announced by email after the completion of the competition. Comment sheets and video footage will be provided within four weeks of the festival.

 

PRIZES AND AWARDS

All Participants

  • Each NOLA Chamber Fest participant will receive a ticket to the New Orleans Friends of Music concert featuring WindSync on April 1, 2019 at 7:30 PM.
  • Each participating ensemble will receive detailed comment sheets from the judges.
  • Each ensemble competing on March 30, 2019 will receive a video of their performance.

 

Junior Division

  • Medals
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners in the Junior Division will participate in the Junior Division Masterclass with this year’s guest artists.
  • 1st prize may be asked to perform in the Winners Showcase and will be notified no later than March 31, 2019 at 9:00 AM.

 

High School Division

  • Cash awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners.
  • 1st prize will perform in the WindSync masterclass.
  • 1st prize will perform in the Winners Showcase and will be notified no later than March 31, 2019 at 9:00 AM.

 

College

  • Cash awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners.
  • 1st prize will perform in the WindSync masterclass.
  • 1st prize will perform in the Winners Showcase and will be notified no later than March 31, 2019 at 9:00 AM.

 

Graduate

  • Cash awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners.
  • 1st prize will perform in the WindSync masterclass.
  • 1st prize will perform in the Winners Showcase and will be notified no later than March 31, 2019 at 9:00 AM.
  • 1st prize will perform a full program for a GroupMuse performance in New Orleans, to be scheduled in 2019.

 

Community

  • Cash awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners.
  • 1st prize will perform in the WindSync masterclass.
  • 1st prize will perform in the Winners Showcase and will be notified no later than March 31, 2019 at 9:00 AM.

 

Young Artist

  • $1,000 cash award for the 1st prize winning ensemble.
  • 1st prize will perform in the WindSync masterclass.
  • 1st prize will receive a 60 minute coaching from the Dover Quartet in December 2019.
  • 1st prize will perform 15-20 minutes of music on a shared house concert with the Dover Quartet on December 9, 2019 for the Friends of Music.
  • 1st prize will perform on the University of New Orleans’s Musical Excursion series during the 2019/20 season.

 

DEADLINES

February 4, 2019

Early-bird registration deadline for all divisions. Registration fee $25 per person.

Early-bird pre-screening recording and registration deadline for College, Graduate and Young Artist divisions. Registration fee $25 per person. Recording and application must be submitted together.

 

February 11, 2019

Registrations and pre-screening recording submissions for College, Graduate and Young Artist divisions due. Registration fee $35 per person.

 

February 25, 2019

Registrations for Junior, High School and Community divisions due. Registration fee $35 per person.

 

All applications must be received via online registration or postmarked no later than the dates above.

 

REGISTRATION FEE

A non-refundable registration fee for each participant must be included with the registration form. If registering by mail, checks should be made payable to Lyrica Baroque.

 

Each ensemble should submit one registration form. Each individual is required to pay only one registration fee, even if entering in multiple ensembles. If a participant has submitted their registration fee with another ensemble, please make a note on the additional ensemble’s  registration form. Please email us with any questions or concerns regarding the registration fee. NOLA Chamber Fest will do its best to accommodate any concerns regarding financial and scheduling needs.

 

Fill out the online registration form at www.lyricabaroque.com/nolachamberfest or mail completed printable registration form and check/cash to:

NOLA Chamber Fest

℅ Lyrica Baroque

PO Box 750524

New Orleans, LA 70175

 

Ensembles performing on March 30, 2019 will receive video footage of their performance via email no later than a month after the competition. DVD’s will also be available for an additional fee of $15 per DVD. The DVD fee must be submitted along with the registration fee.

 

All participants will receive a complimentary ticket to this year’s guest artist performance on the Friends of Music series. Friends and family members of NOLA Chamber Fest participants can purchase tickets to the Winners Showcase and guest artist performance for $15 at www.friendsofmusic.org or at the door on the day of the event.


Register for NOLA Chamber Fest

  • Ensemble Registration

  • NameInstrumentE-mail AddressSchool, if applicableYear in School, if applicableMailing Address 
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  • Please tell us more about how you found us. Which school or teacher? Where did you see our flyer?
  • Repertoire

    Remember that you only need two works OR two movements from the same work, but space is provided here for four works.
  • Composer (please include dates)Title of Work (nclude movement #(s) and title(s), if applicable) 
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  • Approximately 20 minutes is recommended. During the competition, judges will select a 5-10 minute excerpt for you to play from your selected repertoire.
  • For College, Graduate, and Young Artist Division only - File Format: Upload an audio file in any of the following formats: MP3, AAC, M4A. File Name: Please specify your division in the the name of the file but do not include your name or the name of your ensemble.
    Accepted file types: mp3, aac, m4a.
  • If your group has any special needs or requests for the day of the competition, please describe below. The competition will begin at 9 am and could last until 6 pm. We will do our best to honor scheduling requests, and preference will be given to the groups who submit their forms earliest.
  • Please note, group rates are available at the Alder Hotel Uptown (www.alderhotel.com) for ensembles traveling from out of town. Contact us for further details at your earliest convenience. Rooms fill quickly and are provided on a first come first serve basis.
  • Deadline

  • Registration forms must be postmarked or received no later than February 11, 2018 for the College, Graduate, and Young Artist Divisions and postmarked or received by February 25, 2018 for the Junior, High School, and Community Divisions.

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Competition Results

Check back in at the completion of NOLA Chamber Fest 2019 for this year’s winners.

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