Competition

Next Competition Date:
January 19, 2019, 1-5 PM

Applications due November 11, 2018

The AYO Young Artist Concerto Competition is open to any student who is a member of the Repertory Youth Orchestra (RYO) or the Armstrong Youth Orchestra (AYO), AND who has not reached TWENTY YEARS of age by January 1st. Applicants must perform one movement of a concerto, or a solo piece with a published string or full orchestral accompaniment. Students may audition on their orchestra instrument only. This piece must have the approval of Ms Jones. We are not able to have piano soloists this year. Contestants are required to perform from memory, with piano accompaniment, for the competition audition. The competition winner will perform in the Spring Semester Concert accompanied by the AYO. If any contestant is selected as “Honorable Mention,” they will be asked to perform for the Savannah Friends of Music luncheon in May.

Application deadline is November 11, 2018. NO EXCEPTIONS!

♫ Please Note!!

Contestants must engage their own accompanist and the accompanist must be approved by Ms. Jones. This information is REQUIRED on the application, so your accompanist must be secured by the application due date. Your application will not be accepted without this confirmation. At the audition, contestants are required to bring 4 copies of their piece to be performed for the adjudication committee. Photocopies will be accepted but will be recycled after the audition. Please give your copies to the person at the registration desk upon arrival on the day of the Competition audition. Parents/teachers are welcome to attend, and with advance permission, may record or video tape their child/student’s performance. The student who was chosen as winner of this competition the previous year cannot be selected as the winner two years consecutively. This student may enter the competition for comments only.

Please hand in your application at rehearsal to either Ms. Kristi or Ms. Jones by the published deadlines. NO EXCEPTIONS!!

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Eliza DeRienzo, 2018 AYO Concerto Competition Winner

DeRienzo performs Flute Concerto No 3 in D Major, RV 428 “Il Gardellino” during the Spring 2018 AYO Concert.

Flutist Eliza DeRienzo was the 2018 winner of the AYO Concerto Competition. Eliza, daughter of Frank and Kristen DeRienzo, is a sophomore at Georgia Southern University – Armstrong Campus pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance. She was born and raised in Lunenburg, Massachusetts and moved to Savannah in 2013. Her love for music started when she began playing piano at a young age, and grew stronger when she began playing flute in 6th grade.

Since moving to Georgia, many musical opportunities opened up for her that she did not have in Massachusetts. She was very active in the marching band at Richmond Hill High School, and in her senior year she attained the position of Drum Major. She was also awarded an award in Chemistry and German at RHHS for the highest achievement.

After graduation, it became clear that she couldn’t see herself pursuing anything but music. Her primary focus at Armstrong is applied Flute, studying with Lorraine Jones, but she also plays piano, violin, guitar, mandolin, and arranges chamber music. Eliza has been on the Dean’s List for 2 years and the Phi Eta Sigma honors society.