The Northwest Florida Symphony Guild, in conjunction with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and Northwest Florida State College, recently announced the 27th Annual Concerto Competition, open to students of orchestral instruments, keyboard and voice who are 23 years of age or younger, is now open to legal residents in 33 counties, including Okaloosa and Walton



The NFSO is the Emerald Coast’s premiere professional orchestra. Youth who enter the Concerto Competition compete for prize money and the opportunity to perform with the NFSO in a live “Stars of Tomorrow” concert to be held on Feb. 7 at the Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center in Niceville. Awards and prize money range from $500 to $1,500.



Interested competitors can find rules and application forms at www.nfsymphony.org. Performers must submit a videotaped performance of their selection by Sept. 16. Finalists will be notified by Sept. 29 and the live final competition will be held on the campus of NWFSC Oct. 19. All applicants are required to provide their own accompanist for the competition. There are three divisions:  Junior (for students through the eighth grade), Senior (for grades 9-12), and College (undergraduate students to age 23). 



For more information about the Concerto Competition contact faculty coordinator Lois Van Dam at vandaml@nwfsc.edu or 729-6009 or the college’s Fine Arts Office at 729-5382.