Lasley Scholarship Competition

The 2015 Mary Graham Lasley Scholarship Competition
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus
Tyler Building – 3001 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22302
Sharon Walker and Jacque Knight, Scholarship Competition Co-Chairs

*Applications must be postmarked no later than March 8, 2014*
Download application here [PDF]: 2014 Mary Graham Lasley Brochure – Printable

Send completed applications and entry fee via mail to:
Mary Graham Lasley Scholarship Competition
c/o Ms. Susan Sticha
8421 Sulky Court
Alexandria, VA 22308-2253

For more information, email Competition Co-Chair Susan Sticha at ssticha@cox.net.

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COMPETITION
For strings, winds, piano, and percussion – each contestant must perform a significant movement of a concerto or work of equal difficulty composed for solo instrument and orchestra accompaniment. Fifteen minutes maximum is allowed for each contestant. The composition must be performed from memory. The competition is limited to twenty-five students, based upon date of receipt of application. Concert dress is required.

AWARDS
Cash prizes of $2,000, $1,500 and $1,000, may be awarded with the opportunity for one of the winners to be invited to solo with the orchestra or a chamber group at the discretion of the Music Director. Judges will have the option of naming one, two or three winners.

FEE
Entry fee of $25 (non-refundable) payable to “SOLA” must accompany completed application forms.

ELIGIBILITY
Any current full-time graduate or undergraduate student of music who either: attends any college, university or conservatory in the Commonwealth of Virginia, District of Columbia or State of Maryland OR is a legal resident of Virginia, D.C. or Maryland currently studying elsewhere is eligible. Previous competitors, except first place winners, are eligible. Students whose résumé does not reflect sufficient performing experience my not be accepted for the competition. Contestants may not be more than 25 years of age as of March 22, 2015.

JUDGES
To be selected by the SOLA Scholarship Committee. Judges’ decisions will be final.

RULES
1. Composition must be performed from memory.
2. Applicant must provide three (3) copies of full score sheet music for judges. Name of competitor, teacher and/or school may not appear on copies.
3. Contestant must provide his or her own accompanist. Rehearsal rooms will be available prior to performing.
4. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 8, 2014.

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HISTORY

Now in its 39th year in 2015, the Mary Graham Lasley Scholarship Competition, co-sponsored by the Symphony Orchestra League of Alexandria (SOLA) and the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, encourages college-level musicians to pursue classical music careers. Previous winners of the Mary Graham Lasley (MGL) Competition have gone on to perform internationally and to professional concert and teaching careers. Winners are often featured soloists with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra on its regular concerts. Past judges have been international concert performers, orchestra directors and university professors.

In the 1980s, Mary Graham Lasley was a major figure in the musical world of Metropolitan Washington, DC, and was active on the boards of the Washington Opera Guild, the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and the Alexandria Symphony Guild, predecessor of SOLA. Her friends and family established a trust in tribute to her many contributions.

The Competition typically occurs each spring, and updated information, as well as the sign up form, will be posted here for teachers and students.

For more information, email Scholarship Competition Co-Chair Susan Sticha at ssticha@cox.net.

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2013 COMPETITION RESULTS

  • 1st Place Winner – Frances Borowsky, cello
  • 2nd Place Winner – Tristan Clarke, trumpet
  • 3rd Place Winner – Dominic Favia, trumpet
  • Honorable Mention – Justin Thomas, harp
From Right to Left: Jessica Wisser (ASO Executive Director), Susan Sticha (Co-Chair, 2013 MGL Scholarship Competition), Claudia Chudacoff (Judge), Jonathan Kolm (Judge), Noah Getz (Judge), Jordan Thomas (Honorable Mention), Frances Borowsky (1st Place), Tristan Clarke (2nd Place), Susan Walker (SOLA Co-President), Jacqueline Knight (Co-Chair, 2013 MGL Scholarship Competition), and Susan Yonts-Shepard (SOLA Co-President)

From Right to Left: Jessica Wisser (ASO Executive Director), Susan Sticha (Co-Chair, 2013 MGL Scholarship Competition), Claudia Chudacoff (Judge), Jonathan Kolm (Judge), Noah Getz (Judge), Jordan Thomas (Honorable Mention), Frances Borowsky (1st Place), Tristan Clarke (2nd Place), Susan Walker (SOLA Co-President), Jacqueline Knight (Co-Chair, 2013 MGL Scholarship Competition), and Susan Yonts-Shepard (SOLA Co-President)

 

1st Place Frances Borowsky is a second year master’s student at Peabody Conservatory and is 20 years old. She played Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major by Franz Joseph Haydn I. Allegro moderato. She earned her Bachelors of Music (Cello Performance) at Towson University in 2011. She received Honorable Mention in the MGL competitions in 2011 and 2012. She has participated in numerous festivals, and has received many awards and mentions in newspapers, magazines and recordings. She has composed works in collaboration with her sister Elizabeth and brother Emmanuel. Professor Amit Peled is her current instructor and mentor. Previously she studied with Professor Cecylia Barczyk.

2nd Prize Tristan Clarke is a 20-year-old sophomore at The Julliard School who expects to graduate in May 2015. He was at Peabody for two years before transferring to Julliard. For the MGL competition he played Henri Tomasi Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra. He was active in Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble while still at West Potomac High School. He has studied privately with Josef Burgstaller, Edward Hoffman and Mark Gould. He has participated in numerous competitions and festivals.

3rd Prize winner Dominic Favia studies at Cleveland Institute of Music and played the Haydn Trumpet Concerto in E flat, Mvt. 1, Allegro for this year’s MGL competition. He studies under Michael Sachs, Principal Trumpet, The Cleveland Orchestra and Michael Miller, Fourth/Utility Trumpet, The Cleveland Orchestra. Dominic is from Vienna, VA and is almost 20 years old. He won 1st Place in the 2011 Navy Band Concerto Competition and 2nd place in the 2011 National Trumpet Competition, High School division.

Honorable Mention went to Jordan Thomas of the Peabody Institute of Music who played Alberto Ginastera’s Harp Concerto op. 25, Mvts. 1 and 3 in the 2013 MGL competition. Jordan has been playing the harp for 13 years and has played as guest harpist with various orchestras since 2005. Currently he is the Principal Harpist with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, The Peabody Concert Orchestra, the Peabody Wind Ensemble and the Peabody Camerata Ensemble.

Complete competition history and results can be found here [PDF].