MERIT DEADLINES - 2013
Deadline to submit
Application for Preliminary Audition: April 29, 2013
Deadline to submit
Application for Returning Finalist: April 29, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
SDSU Music Department
Friday, May 31, 2013
SDSU Music Department
Auditions and Award Allocations
Saturday, June 1, 2013
First Presbyterian Church, San Diego
Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 5:00pm
AUDITION APPLICATION DOCUMENTS
invite keyboard, brass, woodwind, string, percussion, and vocal
Check back here soon for application information.
Rules and Regulations
Required Audition Music
Audition Repertoire Form
mission of the Musical Merit Foundation of San Diego is to discover, encourage
and present young music students of exceptional talent. The Foundation
raises funds to provide scholarships to those students who show exceptional
musical talent and who pass preliminary and final auditions and evidence
Annual auditions are held to determine winners of scholarships. Initial
screening is conducted through PRELIMINARY auditions. Competitors who
pass the PRELIMINARY auditions are candidates for the FINAL auditions.
Scholarships are awarded to those in the FINALS auditions. Winners are
required to perform in the AWARDS CONCERT on the day following the FINAL
auditions. All dates are listed above.
If you are an aspiring performer, please consider entering our Preliminary
The PRELIMINARY auditions are judged by a panel of at least three judges
each in the categories of winds, strings, piano, pipe organ and voice.
No private instructor of any contestant may be a judge in that category.
Judges are unaware of the identity of contestants, and are asked to make
written comments which will be mailed to each contestant following the
There are six judges on the panel for the FINAL auditions, selected from
distinguished university professors and professional musicians who reside
outside San Diego County. Selection of FINAL judges is subject to approval
by the Executive Board of the Foundation. The decision of the judges is
You may download the documents found in the “Audition Application
Documents” box above, fill out the application online on this
All materials and documents are to be submitted online.
download forms to assist them in preparing their applications. Click
here to apply online.
Musical Merit Foundation 619.752.4741 (voicemail)
Dr. Conrad Bruderer 619 /442 8201
Dr. Arlie Langager, Auditions Chair 619.752.4741
Please note that applications are due one month prior
to the Auditions, as indicated above.
- All instrumentalists must have reached age 16 or
be a graduating high school senior, and not have reached age 24 on the
date of the Final auditions.
- Vocalists must have reached age 18 or be a graduating
high school senior, and not have reached age 32 on the date of the Final
- FIRST TIME APPLICANTS and those who
have not passed through to the Finals:
An applicant who is participating in the PRELIMINARY
auditions must be a resident of San Diego County, Imperial County, or
Baja California del Norte for a minimum of one year at the time of the
preliminary auditions—OR—have been a full-time registered
student (12 semester units) in a college or university in the above
geographic area since the preceding September. Proof of full-time registration
must be enclosed with application.
- RETURNING FINALISTS:
Residency requirements do not apply to participants in the FINAL
The following items must be submitted with ALL Audition Applications:
- Application fee: $15.00 non refundable.
- Each applicant shall fill out the Musical Merit
- Each applicant shall provide a repertoire sheet
listing precise title and identifying opus numbers of all compositions
to be performed. Information on this sheet must also list time length
of each piece and movement, keys and movement titles where appropriate,
and must be approved and signed by your teacher.
- To assist the Audition Chairman, each applicant
shall provide photocopies of the first page of music for each composition
and movement to be performed on the audition.
Please note that FIRST TIME
APPLICANTS and those who have not passed through to the Finals must
also submit the following for the PRELIMINARY Auditions.
The teacher's letter of recommendation will be sent under separate
cover, by the teacher, but all other items including those listed
above must be submitted with the Audition Application:
- A letter of recommendation from his/her private
music teacher, to be sent directly to the Auditions Chairman.
- On a separate sheet of paper submit a short statement
of his/her musical goals.
- A transcript of credit from the school last attended.
GENERAL AUDITION RULES:
- Applicant shall furnish his/her own accompanist,
if needed, who should arrive with the applicant.
- Preliminary audition participants are expected to
present exactly the same repertoire program should they be chosen to
compete in that year’s Finals.
- No Final Auditions applicant may present compositions
prepared for Musical Merit auditions in prior years (with the exception
regarding operatic arias listed under Required Audition Music/Voice).
· APPLICANTS MUST PROVIDE ORIGINAL, PRINTED SCORES OF ALL MUSIC
TO BE PERFORMED FOR THE USE OF THE JUDGES AT EACH LEVEL OF THE COMPETITION.
If your music is downloaded, the pages must have the ‘permission for
use’ designation, and if printing from a repertoire CD, you must provide
the original CD.
- Applicants will be notified of audition times at
least one week prior to the date of the audition. Those Preliminary
participants who pass through to the Finals, will be notified of their
Finals audition on the evening of their Preliminary audition.
- Participants in the Final auditions are urged to
keep the entire audition day free, so the judges may call them back
should they require a second hearing for final deliberation.
- All prizes will be awarded at the Awards Concert
on the day following the auditions, which will be held at the First
Presbyterian Church, 320 Date Street, San Diego, 92101.
- IT IS MANDATORY FOR ALL WINNERS TO PARTICIPATE
in this Awards Concert.
- Please note the different residency requirements
and audition application materials necessary for FIRST TIME applicants
including those applying to return to the PRELIMINARY
auditions as opposed to those who have previously passed through to
the FINAL Auditions.
- Contestants who have previously passed the Preliminary
auditions need not appear in preliminaries again (unless their performance
medium has changed)
- Singers may participate in the FINALS for a maximum
of TEN (10) years.
- FINALISTS are expected to provide Musical Merit
with publicity materials in the form of a photo and narrative bio, preferably
in e-format, for the website and newsletter.
Following the FINAL auditions, the Board of Directors of the Musical Merit
Foundation meets to determine the amount to be awarded based upon the
judges ratings. On the following day winners perform at the Awards Concert
where they receive their monetary awards and the winner of the Aspen award
Each participant in the FINAL auditions receives a
one year paid membership in the Foundation and a congratulatory letter
containing a request to keep the Executive Board informed of his/her progress.