Nashville Symphony Announces Annual Curb Concerto Competition

January 14, 2015

Nashville, Tenn. – Submissions are now being accepted for the Nashville Symphony’s Curb Concerto Competition, taking place March 14-15, 2015 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. One of most prestigious student competitions in the state, this annual event showcases gifted high school-age music students from Middle Tennessee and distributes $4,000 in scholarship money.

“Every year, this competition brings out the best and brightest music students from throughout Tennessee and gives them the incredible opportunity to perform in one of the finest music halls in the world,” said Walter Bitner, Nashville Symphony director of Education and Community Engagement. “The Nashville Symphony relishes its role as a leader in music education, and we take great pride in this program, which is helping develop the next generation of great musicians.”

An important component of the Nashville Symphony’s mission to promote and support young musicians statewide, the Curb Competition is open to classically trained instrumental students between the ages of 14 and 18. Participants can compete in five categories: woodwind, brass, string, piano and percussion.

The first round of adjudication will take place on Saturday, March 14, at the Schermerhorn, with each student performing for a panel of judges. Finalists will then perform for a second panel the next day before winners are announced.

The Grand Prize winner of this year’s Curb Competition, who will receive a $2,500 scholarship and a pair of season tickets to the Nashville Symphony’s Aegis Sciences Classical Series, will be considered for a performance as the featured soloist at the Symphony’s Side-by-Side Concert on May 21 at the Schermerhorn. First runner-up receives a $1,000 scholarship and partial season ticket package, and the second runner-up receives $500 and a pair of tickets to an Aegis Sciences Classical Series concert.

All submissions are due by Friday, February 27, 2015. Interested students can visit the Nashville Symphony website for a full rundown of competition guidelines and eligibility requirements, and to begin the application process by filling out the online registration form. For additional information or questions, contact the Nashville Symphony Education Department at 615.687.6398 or [email protected].