The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is holding two sightreading sessions this summer open to all area musicians. Whether you’re looking for casual opportunities to play this summer, or are interested in learning about opportunities to join the MSO, we welcome you to join us!

Use the RSVP form below to let us know you’re coming.

The rehearsals, led by Music Director Blair Skinner, will be:

  • Monday, July 16, 2018, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Montgomery Blair High School.
  • Monday, August 6, 2018, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Montgomery Blair High School.

Repertoire

The repertoire for each rehearsal will be confirmed shortly. By RSVP’ing, you’ll ensure you get an email with the links to repertoire in advance.

Directions

MSO rehearsals at Montgomery Blair HS
We rehearse in the band room at Blair High School – 51 University Blvd E, Silver Spring, MD 20901. The room is most easily accessible from the Colesville Rd northbound entrance and parking lot (see map to the right).

Please RSVP using the form below so that we can plan for your attendance.


The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce our 3rd Annual Youth Concerto Competition!

Since launching our youth concerto competition in 2016, the MSO has selected a total of 7 winning soloists, providing an opportunity for musicians on violin, flute, piccolo, oboe, and trumpet to perform with us at our annual June concert.

We are now inviting talented middle and high school musicians to participate in our 3rd annual competition by submitting a video audition no later than Friday, March 9, 2018.

The competition is open to all orchestral instruments including percussion, except for piano. The winners will be invited to perform their selected piece with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra before a live concert audience at the downtown Silver Spring Civic Building on Sunday, June 3, 2018.

This is a rewarding solo performance opportunity for youth musicians!

See the entry form below for complete guidelines.

Participation is simple:

  1. Select the piece or movement that you’d like to perform, and check your repertoire first by sending an email to us at MSO.youth.competition@gmail.com.
  2. Record a video of you performing your selected piece. Upload your video file to YouTube as an unlisted video and complete this entry form to submit the link no later than Friday, March 9th. (See video tips below.)
  3. We’ll announce the winners by March 27th. All winners will be invited to perform their selection with the MSO during our Sunday, June 3, 2018 concert at the Silver Spring Civic Building.

If you have questions about the competition:

Please email MSO.youth.competition@gmail.com.

Tips for recording and submitting your video audition:

  • Your video will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will listen, not watch. So don’t worry about how the video looks — only about how your performance sounds!
  • You can use any video recording device you have access to — even a cell phone — but make sure the device is close enough to you to record quality audio.
  • The judges will review the submissions anonymously, so your name and voice should NOT be part of the video you submit. Our competition administrators will know it’s yours via the form.
  • The easiest way to share your final video is by uploading it to YouTube. Step-by-step instructions are available at: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/57407. You will need to create an account.
  • Before you start uploading, change the YouTube privacy setting for your video to “Unlisted.” This will ensure that your video is only viewable to someone who has the link. It will not be searchable. (The MSO will only share this link with our judges.)
  • If you prefer, you can also send us a shareable link to listen to your video file via Google Drive, Dropbox, or another file-sharing service. Just make sure the settings allow anyone with the link to view it!

Concerto Competition Entry Form + Guidelines:

The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce our 2nd Annual Youth Concerto Competition!

The MSO launched our first-ever youth concerto competition in 2016, selecting three violinists and a flutist to perform in concert with the MSO last June.

We are now inviting talented middle and high school wind and brass musicians to participate in our 2nd annual competition by submitting a video audition no later than Friday, March 10, 2017.

The winners will be invited to perform their selected piece with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra before a live concert audience in downtown Silver Spring on Sunday, June 18, 2017. This is a rewarding solo performance opportunity for youth wind and brass musicians!

See the entry form below for complete guidelines.

Participation is simple:

  1. Select the piece or movement that you’d like to perform, and check your repertoire first by sending an email to MSO Music Director Scott Wood at ascottwood@gmail.com.
  2. Record a video of you performing your selected piece. Upload your video file to YouTube as an unlisted video and complete this entry form to submit the link no later than Friday, March 10th. (See video tips below.)
  3. We’ll announce the winners by March 25th. All winners will be invited to perform their selection with the MSO during our Sunday, June 18, 2017 concert at the Silver Spring Civic Building.

If you have questions about the competition:

Please email mso.membership@gmail.com.

Tips for recording and submitting your video audition:

  • Your video will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will listen, not watch. So don’t worry about how the video looks — only about how your performance sounds!
  • You can use any video recording device you have access to — even a cell phone — but make sure the device is close enough to you to record quality audio.
  • The judges will review the submissions anonymously, so your name and voice should NOT be part of the video you submit. Our competition administrators will know it’s yours via the form.
  • The easiest way to share your final video is by uploading it to YouTube. Step-by-step instructions are available at: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/57407. You will need to create an account.
  • Before you start uploading, change the YouTube privacy setting for your video to “Unlisted.” This will ensure that your video is only viewable to someone who has the link. It will not be searchable. (The MSO will only share this link with our judges.)
  • If you prefer, you can also send us a shareable link to listen to your video file via Google Drive or another file-sharing service. Just make sure the settings allow anyone with the link to view it!

Concerto Competition Entry Form + Guidelines:

The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce our 2016 Youth Concerto Competition!

We invite talented middle and high school musicians to participate by submitting a video audition no later than Thursday, March 31, 2016. The winners will be invited to perform their selected piece with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra before a live concert audience in downtown Silver Spring on Sunday, June 19, 2016. The competition is open to all orchestral instruments except piano.

This is a rewarding solo performance opportunity for youth musicians.

Participation is simple:

  1. Select the piece you’d like to perform, and check your repertoire first by sending an email to MSO Music Director Scott Wood at ascottwood@gmail.com. We’d love to know of your interest and repertoire by Tuesday, March 1st, but this is not required.
  2. Record a video of you performing your selected piece in one continuous take. Upload your video file to YouTube as an unlisted video and complete this entry form to submit the link no later than Thursday, March 31st. (See video tips below.)
  3. We’ll announce the winners, as selected by a panel of judges, by April 15, 2016. All winners will be invited to perform their selection with the MSO during our Sunday, June 19, 2016 concert at the Silver Spring Civic Building. Winners should plan to join the MSO for at least two evening rehearsals prior to the concert to prepare their pieces with the orchestra.

If you have questions about the competition:

Please email Michele Bartlow at mso.membership@gmail.com.

Guidance for recording and submitting your video audition:

  • Your video will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will listen, not watch. So don’t worry about how the video looks — only about how your performance sounds!
  • You can use any video recording device you have access to — even a cell phone — but make sure the device is close enough to you to record quality audio.
  • The judges will review the submissions anonymously, so your name and voice should NOT be part of the video you submit. Our competition administrators will know it’s yours via the form.
  • The easiest way to share your final video is by uploading it to YouTube. Step-by-step instructions are available at: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/57407. You will need to create an account.
  • Before you start uploading, change the YouTube privacy setting for your video to “Unlisted.” This will ensure that your video is only viewable to someone who has the link. It will not be searchable. (The MSO will only share this link with our judges.)
  • If you prefer, you can also send us a shareable link to listen to your video file via Google Drive or another file-sharing service. Just make sure the settings allow anyone with the link to view it!
ahcmc_300dpiThe 2016 Concerto Concert is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

 

Concerto Competition Entry Form + Guidelines: