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Call for Audition DVDs for the 2013 Kent/Blossom Music Festival

Posted Dec. 14, 2012

Richard Weiss Kent/Blossom Music Festival, celebrating its 46th summer of collaboration with The Cleveland Orchestra, is now accepting applications for its 2013 season, June 23 through July 27. The auditions are open to advanced string, woodwind, horn and piano students primarily of college age.

Kent/Blossom Music emphasizes the intensive study of chamber music under professional artistic standards. Each student performs an average of four major works during the five weeks. Assignments change every two weeks maximizing individual contact with repertoire, colleagues and faculty coaches. World-class string, wind and piano faculty, many of which are members of The Cleveland Orchestra, Miami String Quartet or world-renowned musicians, instruct the 44 students in chamber music, under the direction of renowned oboist, Danna Sundet, and highly-acclaimed cellist and founding member of the Miami String Quartet, Keith Robinson.

"This Festival draws students from all over the world," said Danna Sundet, artistic coordinator of K/BMF. "We've had participants from China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hungary, and from universities from all over the United States, including Juilliard, the Eastman School of Music and University of Indiana, just to name a few."

There is a $50 application fee, and the deadline to apply is March 1, 2013. The application can be found online at www.kent.edu/blossom/apply/undergraduate-application.cfm.

The cost to participate is $1,800, which includes deluxe accommodations in the Kent State University campus air-conditioned housing. The five-week festival includes a side-by-side performance with The Cleveland Orchestra at their summer performance venue, Blossom Music Center. Students will also perform a series of concerts for the community, which will culminate with a performance by the student Chamber Orchestra conducted by The Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor, James Feddeck.

Photo caption: Richard Weiss, The Cleveland Orchestra's first assistant principal cellist works with a KBMF student during the 2012 season. Photo by Bob Christy.

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Since the inception of Blossom Music Center in 1968, the Musical Arts Association has partnered with Kent State University and its College of the Arts to develop Blossom as a complete environment for the arts. Each summer, Kent/Blossom combines performance with education and joins working professionals with talented students to teach, explore, and produce great music. This important relationship between a premier performing ensemble and a public university has also served as a model for other collaborations.

Founded in 1968 by George Szell and Louis Lane, the Kent/Blossom Music Festival has welcomed more than 2,200 young artists. The program has propelled hundreds of remarkable young musicians into the ranks of major orchestras, opera companies, and conservatory faculties throughout the United States and around the globe.

The Kent/Blossom Music program brings music students from all over the world to study alongside members of The Cleveland Orchestra for five weeks. Students develop professional skills through personal study and classes with visiting master artists, members of The Cleveland Orchestra and Kent State University faculty. A focus on major works of the chamber music repertoire is augmented by studies in orchestral repertoire and techniques and solo master classes. Participants also attend open rehearsals and concerts of The Cleveland Orchestra. The program features a professional concert series as well as seven free concerts featuring the Kent/Blossom Chamber Players.

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For more information contact:
Effie Tsengas, etsengas@kent.edu, 330-672-8398