Dear Band Director or Private Instructor:
The Quad City Wind Ensemble is pleased to announce the Twenty-Sixth Annual Charles B. DCamp Young Performer's Solo Competition. Auditions will be held on Sunday, March 23, 2014 from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. in Madsen Hall at the Galvin Fine Arts Center, St. Ambrose University, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport, Iowa 52803. The winner will appear as the guest soloist with the Quad City Wind Ensemble at our Saturday, May 10, 2014 concert at the Galvin Fine Arts Center. Please submit completed forms to: Chuck Collins, 3604 Cedarwood Court, Bettendorf, Iowa 52722. Entry forms must be received or postmarked no later than Saturday, March 15, 2014.
In addition to performing with the Quad City Wind Ensemble, the first place winner will receive a $250 scholarship from the Quad City Wind Ensemble for private study. The second place winner will receive a $150 scholarship and the third place winner will receive a $100 scholarship for private study.
All entrants must be students currently involved in a high school instrumental music program. The soloist must perform a wind or percussion solo for which a band/wind ensemble accompaniment is readily available. There is no entry fee for this competition. The guest soloist must perform the same piece in the concert as performed during the audition. Previous first place winners must audition on a different piece. All applicants must audition using piano accompaniment and furnish two copies of the solo part for the adjudicators. One of the copies may be a photo-copied reproduction of the original.
The Quad City Wind Ensemble, founded by Charles B. DCamp in 1987, is comprised of some of the Quad City area's top wind and percussion players who audition for membership in this select group. It is recognized as one of the finest adult wind ensembles in the nation.
The QCWE is dedicated to music education in public schools. The Charles B. DCamp Young Performer's Solo Competition is one way it supports music education of the QC area's youth. In addition, all participants in school band programs are admitted free to all QCWE performances.
Please feel free to make photocopies of this letter and the application (available on our website at http://www.qcwindensemble.org/solo-competition/) as needed. If you have any questions about the solo competition, please contact Chuck Collins, the competition coordinator, at 563-332-6607; 3604 Cedarwood Court, Bettendorf, Iowa 52722 or by email at