The Tucson Cello Congress annually brings together over 100 cellists from Southern Arizona for guest artist recitals, cello ensemble performances, master classes, workshops, discussions, premieres of new pieces, and a Young Artist competition. The Congress will be held December 2, 2023, and is hosted by the University in partnership with UA Presents and the American String Teacher’s Association-Arizona.
We are proud to host the Tucson Cello Congress Young Artist Competition for highly prepared students. Please consult your private teacher to determine eligibility.
Level 1: Students in the 8th grade and below
Level 2: Students in 9th-12th grade
Level 3: College students up to 24 years of age
Level 1: $100
Level 2: $200
Level 3: $300 The Kathy Krause Prize for Excellence in Cello
Competition Repertoire and Time Limits
Level 1 will have a preliminary time limit of 5 minutes and a final time limit of 8 minutes, and the repertoire should be at the Suzuki Book Two level or above. Levels 2 and 3 will have a preliminary time limit of 8 minutes and a final time limit of 10 minutes and repertoire will be any concerto movement, Bach suite movement, or showpiece.
The preliminaries will be unaccompanied. You may provide your own pianist for the final round if you are able, or you may play unaccompanied. It is greatly encouraged that music be memorized.
Any questions regarding repertoire or other contest details should be directed to Mary Beth Tyndall at [email protected].
The preliminary round of the competition will via video submission. You will be notified of the results by email. Those selected to compete in the final round will play at 4:30 p.m. in Holsclaw Hall the day of the Cello Congress . The first-place winner in each division will receive a cash prize. There will be a $10 entry fee collected upon registration for the Cello Congress.
For those traveling from out of town, the closest hotels are:
Tucson Marriott University Park: https://www.marriott.
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