Southwest Honor Band Festival

SOUTHWEST SOLO COMPETITION

The Southwest Honor Band Festival invites interested students to take part in the third annual Southwest Solo Competition. This competition will recognize at least one outstanding woodwind, brass, or percussionist for their musical accomplishments and reward them with a scholarship should they attend New Mexico State University and major in music. The winner of the competition will be announced during the festival.  In order to receive the award, the winner must attend SWHB. 

Scholarships amounts may range from $250 – $1,000.

Requirements for the competition are as follows:

 

  • Perform a solo or full movement of a larger work, no longer than 7 minutes in length, and submit video recording to Dr. Michael Mapp at mikemapp@nmsu.edu no later than February 6, 2020.
  • Accompaniment is not required but encouraged.

 

Past winners are:

2018 – Bryan Beker

2019 – Rachael Akeley & Serina Turrieta

If you have any questions please contact Dr. Michael Mapp

SET UP A SCHOLARSHIP AUDITION WHILE YOU ARE AT SOUTHWEST HONOR BAND

If you are a senior and interested in pursuing music at NMSU, you will have the opportunity to audition in person, for the program and scholarships while you are here.  You will be able to sign up for an audition at the first general meeting of SWHB and your audition will be scheduled for Saturday, February 8, 2020.  

What should I prepare?

You should prepare two contrasting etudes or excerpts.  Most of the time all-state audition material is perfectly fine.  You may also play prepared solos.  The audition will include playing and some discussion about your plans as a music  major/minor. Generous performance grants are available to qualified students.

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