Lehman College Music Department to Host Concerto Competition for High Schoolers, April 1

BRONX, NY—The Department of Music at Lehman College will host the 15th Annual Jerome G. Sala Memorial Concerto Competition on Friday, April 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. on the third floor of the Music Building. Deadline to apply for entry is March 28.

Jerome G. Sala Memorial Concerto Competition

Jerome G. Sala was a member of the music faculty at Lehman for 20 years. He taught music history and instrumental methods.

Contestants must be high school students and play a woodwind, brass, or mallet percussion solo, suitable for performance with wind band, such as Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto or the Chaminade Concertino for Flute. To qualify, entrants must reside in the lower Hudson Valley region, including New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, and Northern New Jersey. It is strongly recommended candidates bring an accompanist or accompaniment audio CD. Judging will be based both on technical skill and artistic presentation.

The winner of the first prize will receive a $500 award and perform his or her piece with the Lehman College Community Band in concert on Sunday, May 15, at 2 p.m. The runner-up will have the opportunity to perform with the band at a later date, schedule permitting.

Previous winners include Evan Ocheret and Sainatee Suarez of Edgemont H.S., Benjamin Rutkowski of Bronx H.S. of Science, Adam Ray of Saunders High School, Emily Redmersky of Blind Brook H.S., Noah Tucker of New Rochelle H.S., Omar Calixto of the Celia Cruz Bronx H.S. of Music, Kathryn Sandling of the Rye Country Day School, and Devon Toyotomi of Horace Greely High School.

The competition is named in memory of Jerome Sala, a member of the music faculty at Lehman College, who for 20 years taught music history, instrumental methods, and was the founding director of the Lehman College Community Band.

For more information about the competition, contact the Music Department at 718-960-8247, via email at music@lehman.cuny.edu, or visit www.lehman.edu/music/sala.php.