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Press Release
October 5, 2009

World’s First Classical Music Talent Competition Judged by Internet and Audience Voters

It’s a first – for San Diego, for the country and for the world! San Diego’s own Orchestra Nova, under the leadership of Maestro Jung-Ho Pak, is announcing the first classical music talent competition ever held where the winner will be selected by the concert audience and the Internet community.

Three finalists will be selected to perform with the orchestra in three concerts (March 5, 6 and 8, 2010) where audience members will be the final judges. The winner will also perform with the orchestra next season.

The competition is open to amateur classical musicians (no age limit) whose principal source of income does not come from public performances of classical music and who are residents of San Diego County. Students of local San Diego institutions of higher learning and members of the armed forces who reside in San Diego Count are also eligible.

Applicants must submit a video, a completed application form and a $10 non-refundable application fee. The video can be posted online (YouTube or a web site) and the application form and fee can be completed online. Alternatively, they can all be sent to the orchestra’s office. All application materials and fees must be received by 5:00 p.m. PST on Friday, January 15, 2010.

Semi-finalist winners will be posted on the Orchestra Nova web site on January 19, 2010, and top semi-finalist winners will be invited to perform at a public audition/concert on Sunday, January 31, 2010 (time and location to be announced).

Internet voting (one person/one vote) for applicants will commence on January 19and end on January 30.
Internet voting for finalists will commence on February 1, 2010, and end on March 4, 2010.
Audience members at each concert will cast a vote during intermission of the concert.
The winner will be announced at the end of the final concert.

The concert will begin with Mozart’s The Impresario Overture and will end with Schubert’s Symphony No. 5. The three finalists will perform their selections with the orchestra before the intermission.

The concerts:
Friday, March 5, 7:30 p.m. – Downtown, St. Paul’s Cathedral
Saturday, March 6, 8:00 p.m. – Sorrento Valley, Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall
Monday, March 8, 7:30 p.m. – La Jolla, Sherwood Auditorium

Competition rules, application forms and online application available at /.





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