And the COCB is especially thrilled to see Canadian bassoonist Thalia Navas in the final round of this distinguished competition.
Sarah Bobrow (USA)
Lauren Henning (USA)
Rachael Lee (USA/Taiwan)
Quincey Trojanowski (USA)
Sandra Vieira Ribeiro (Brazil)
Laressa Winters (USA)
Congratulations to each of the many talented young women who entered this year’s competition! Your dedication and hard work, particularly during these tumultuous times, is very impressive.
The preliminary round judges included Canadian bassoonists Catherine Carignan, Christopher Millard along with colleagues Catherine Chen, Francisco Joubert, and Anthony Parnther, who each wrote detailed comments to every applicant.
The final round will take place in a multimedia video format at the 2021 MQVC Virtual Symposium January 3-10 and incorporates audience engagement and other creative elements. In addition to artistic bassoon playing, finalists are encouraged to pursue other creative mediums to present the music in ways that will appeal to a wide general audience by incorporating elements from other art forms such as poetry, photography, drama, dance, visual art, videography and more.
MQVC will provide each finalist with a new bassoon quartet arrangement of the orchestral accompaniment to the Vivaldi Concerto so that she can record the parts separately and edit them together. MQVC will provide the finalists with workshops on effective audience engagement and creating an artistic concept for the videos, as well as education on managing the technological aspect of this project in order to optimize the audio and video quality.
Free recording equipment will be supplied to each finalist by Fox Products Corporation for making the final videos.
MQVC awards $1000 to each finalist who submits a successful final round video that contains all of the required components. Additional prizes to be awarded on the final night of the Symposium include:
$2500 Vivaldi Prize
$2500 New Music Prize
$2500 Media Prize
$2500 Engagement Prize
The Symposium will also feature health and wellness events, master classes, reed hangouts and recital performances given by an incredible and diverse line-up of professional performers and teachers.
More info on the Symposium, including how to register and a schedule of events, will be coming soon at mqvc.org