Education

The Chippewa Valley Symphony Young Artist Competition

This unique experience offers young musicians the opportunity to expand their horizons and supports them in their pursuit of musical excellence.

Students ages 14 – 18 are invited to enter the competition by submitting an 8 to 16 minute performance recording of a movement of a Concerto or an Aria of similar difficulty. All finalists receive cash prizes and the winner is given the opportunity to perform with the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra during its youth concert.

Entries for the 2020 competition are currently open, and applications are due May 1, 2020. Be sure to review the competition rules and then submit your entry online.

COVID-19 Update: The competition is still on!

We understand that in-person meetings with your accompanist to record your submission may not be possible at this time. Musicians are encouraged to apply with prerecorded accompaniment or even without accompaniment if needed.

We plan to hold in-person finals on May 31, 2020 at Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Claire. We will keep entrants updated with any plans to instead hold finals remotely should that prove necessary.

Symphony in Our Schools

CVSO violinist Rob Kuchta plays for students at Northwoods Elementary School in Eau Claire

Each year, musicians from the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra visit local elementary schools to demonstrate on their instrument, educate students about orchestral music, and share their love of music.

As a special welcome to young audience members, the Symphony offers free admission to our annual youth concert for third graders and an accompanying adult. The Symphony in Our Schools program is supported by a grant from Xcel Energy.

“The elementary visits are a wonderful opportunity for the CVSO musicians to give back to the community;  the students are fantastic and have insightful questions about music and about what it’s like to be a part of an orchestra.”  -Bill Simon, local educator, arranger/composer

Music Moves Me: Artwork Inspired by the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra

This annual exhibit engages elementary and middle school students in creating visual art inspired by classical music. Students listen to recordings of the pieces on the Symphony’s youth concert program and create art based on that experience. The artwork is then displayed at the performance venue, so audience members can take in both the musical performance and the visual artwork.

The exhibit is organized the Chippewa Valley Symphony, hosted by Pablo Center at the Confluence, and facilitated by area art teachers. This year participating students are from DeLong Middle School, South Middle School, Northstar Middle School, Altoona Middle School, Mondovi Middle School, Bloomer Middle School, and the homeschool community.

There will be an opening reception for the art exhibit with refreshments immediately following the Symphony’s concert on February 1. The “Music Moves Me” exhibit is free and open to the public through February 16 whenever the Pablo Center is open (Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-2pm, and two hours before events).

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