Wisconsin Public Radio’s Neale-Silva Young Artists’ Competition was established to recognize young Wisconsin performers of
classical music who demonstrate an exceptionally high level of artistry. This concert is made possible by a grant from
the estate of the late University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Eduardo Neale-Silva, a classical music enthusiast who was
born in Talca, Chile and came to the United States in 1925. A dedicated listener of Wisconsin Public Radio, he left a
portion of his estate to help fund community outreach programs at the network.
Five winners will each receive a cash award of $400 (includes every member in ensemble) and perform in a 90-minute winners’
recital to be broadcast live Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 12:30pm at the Wisconsin Union Theater in Madison, on the NPR News
& Classical Music Network of Wisconsin Public Radio.
Auditions are open to soloists, duos, trios, quartets and quintets who are residents of Wisconsin or who attend a
Wisconsin college or university. (Wisconsin residency is determined by the applicant's permanent legal address.)
All instrumentalists and vocal performers are invited to audition. The age of the contestants must be from 17-26 years
as of March 20, 2011. An accompanist for soloists will be provided for the final stage and winners’ recital.
Previous winners may not apply.
Application materials must be received at the following address no later than 5:00pm Friday, February 4, 2011:
WPR/Neale-Silva Young Artists’ Competition
Wisconsin Public Radio
821 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
All applications must include:
- Completed and signed application form (attached).
- List of piece(s) you plan to play for the competition, with movements if applicable and precise timings.
- 12-15 minute recording of proposed piece(s). See Recording Guidelines.
- Proof of age and proof of residency for each musician. (photocopy of birth certificate, passport, or driver's license)
- A biographical paragraph of each musician.
- Non-refundable application fee of $20.00 per participant payable to Wisconsin Public Radio.
Each soloist/group will submit an unedited recording, representing the proposed performance piece(s) for the concert program.
Recordings will be evaluated by a panel of judges, who will give each one a numerical rating. Performers with the highest scores
will be chosen for the competition finals -- no more than fifteen entrants will be chosen for the final round. Finalists
will be notified of their acceptance by phone no later than February 25, 2011. Should any of the chosen
finalists be unable to play in the final round, the entrant with the next highest score will be invited to play.
Each soloist/group will perform a 12-15 minute audition before a panel of distinguished judges on Sunday, March 20, 2011,
at the UW-Madison School of Music (George Mosse Humanities Building, 455 N. Park St.) from 10:00am-3:00pm. Judges may start
and stop competitors at their discretion. Competitors will be notified of the specific time of the audition before their
arrival in Madison.
Competitor(s) will be identified to the jury by performance number only. Competitor(s) will not be allowed to identify themselves
to the jurors in any way or at any time prior to the announcement of the finalists.
Judges will independently rank the finalists, using a numerical scale. They will choose the winners by averaging scores and
by consultation. Winners will be notified by March 23. The winners will perform in a concert at the Wisconsin Union Theater
in Madison on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 12:30pm. The concert will be broadcast live over the stations of the NPR News &
Classical Music Network of Wisconsin Public Radio. The cash awards will be mailed to the winners within a few weeks of
the winners’ recital.
Should any winners be unable to perform at the broadcast recital they will forfeit the cash award.
Entrants should select music demonstrating the range of their musicianship, stylistic awareness and technical mastery.
The choice of repertoire is solely at the discretion of the entrants, piece(s) totaling 12-15 minutes in length.
Contestants should provide at least two copies of the scores of each piece to be performed at the competition finals.
If there are pieces you wish to perform which require a special instrument (i.e., harpsichord, timpani, harp, organ, etc.)
please contact us regarding availability before programming this work.
The preliminary round audition recording may be submitted in three ways: you may mail us a CD (not a DVD),
upload an MP3 version to our FTP Server at http://wpr.org/music/neale-silva/upload.cfm
, or email
us an MP3 version of the file (20MB limit). Technically poor
recordings will be rejected. The submission should consist of an unedited recording of the piece(s) proposed.
All submissions should be named or labeled with repertoire. The applicant's name should NOT appear on the recording, either in
spoken or printed form.
Entrants wishing to have their recordings returned should include a self-addressed mailing bag with the correct postage
affixed in their application materials.
Contestants will be responsible for their own travel arrangements and expenses to and from Madison; however, the winners
will be reimbursed for mileage within the state of Wisconsin at the current state rate.
Snacks and beverages will be furnished throughout the day.
Practice rooms will be available at the UW-School of Music in Madison.