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Soloists from Yale School of Music compete in public to perform with the Philharmonia next season

The annual Woolsey Hall Competition showcases young artists with the potential for solo careers

The Yale School of Music will hold its annual Woolsey Hall Competition on Saturday, April 10 in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall. The all-day event runs from 9:00 to 4:00 pm, with a break for lunch, and each contestant will perform for approximately ten minutes.

The competition will feature instrumentalists and vocalists who have been previously selected by the faculty through departmental preliminaries to perform before a distinguished panel of judges. The three winners will appear as soloists with the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale next season.

The three guest judges for this year’s competition are Julia Lichten, professor of cello at  the Manhattan School of Music and SUNY Purchase, and a member of Orpheus; Paul Rutman, professor of piano at The Hartt School; and Carol Wincenc, professor of flute at the Juilliard School and SUNY Stony Brook.

The Woolsey Hall Competition, along with a contest for chamber music groups, is one of only two competitions held at the Yale School of Music. The School attracts some of the most talented graduate students from conservatories and music schools from around the world, and the Woolsey Hall Competition showcases those with the special qualities necessary to become soloists.

Admission to the Woolsey Hall Competition is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website or call the concert office at 203 432-4158.