Just before the start of its 42nd season, Music in the Great Hall has announced a venture aimed at mentoring young talent in the Maryland/D.C./northern Virginia area and promoting an interest in the genre of chamber music.
Named for Virginia Reinecke, who founded the Music in the Great Hall concert series, and initiated by current managing director Michael Repper, the Reinecke Youth Chamber Music Competition and Fellowship Program will provide a combination of scholarship money, coaching and a performance/recording opportunity.
Three winners of the competition -- a violinist, a cellist and a pianist -- will each receive $1,000. They will also get to study with members of the Monument Piano Trio (violinist Kaya Katarzyna Bryla, cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski, pianist Michael Sheppard).
A concert presented by Music in the Great Hall in 2016 will showcase each of the winners in solo repertoire as well as an ensemble work. The performance will be professionally recorded.
Designed for pre-college level students, the competition has an age limit of 13 to 18 (as of April 24, 2016). Applicants must reside in Maryland, Washington or the Northern Virginia counties off Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax.
Deadline for applying is Oct. 10. More information on fees and other details can be found on the MIGH site.