To: Music Teachers

Dear Teacher,
As a private music teacher in the Central Sierra Mother Lode, you’ll be interested in
the plans for our exciting, annual Youth Concert. As you may imagine, or you may
know from past experience, this event is a wonderful opportunity for you to
provide an inspiring challenge for your private students who are dedicated to
working hard and who aspire to a special level of accomplishment in their lives.
The dates for this year’s event are as follows:
Application due date: September 8 (available on our webpage)
Auditions: September 24 at 3:00, Church of the 49ers in Columbia.
Youth Concert: October 8 at 3:00, Church of the 49ers
As in any endeavor of this sort, the rewards are significant:
• The process of application, audition and performance serves, in many
cases, as a significant milestone in their young lives.
• The auditions themselves, adjudicated by three experienced and sensitive
adult musicians, will provide an opportunity for written feedback for each
• Musicians selected to perform on the concert will be awarded incentive
scholarships in the amounts of $50.
• The Sunday afternoon public presentation provides its own reward for the
students in teaching them to set and achieve performance goals.
• Your students’ successful participation is a source of pride for their family
and friends and a source of community pride in the quality of our young
music makers.

This year we are splitting the students up into two groups by ages:
Junior Division: Ages 6-12
Senior Division: Ages 13-18 (though 12th grade)
Please feel free to call with questions or concerns: Sandra Betti, Chair of the Youth
Concert, at 356-8880 or Janet Telford, Co-Chair, at 928-5874.
The Youth Concert features some of the very best young musicians in our area
who have dedicated hours to the development of their art and talent. We hope you
will consider giving your students this opportunity to audition.
Sandra Betti

2017 Sonora Bach Festival Youth Audition and Concert Guidelines

1. The youth auditions are open to students through the 12th grade from Tuolumne, Calaveras,
and Amador counties. Applications must include a signed recommendation from the teacher or
adult advisor.
2. The music selected must be from the Baroque period. A few of the composers to choose
from are J. S. Bach, Buxtehude, Frescobaldi, Marcello, Sweelinck, Quantz, Tartini, Telemann,
Monteverdi, Lully, Purcell, Corelli, Vivaldi, Rameau, Couperin, Scarlatti, Handel, Loeillet,
Pachelbel, and Pergolesi.
3. The music must be performed from memory for the audition as well as for the performance.
Ensembles may use music.
4. Auditions are concert style with family and friends as audience. This year we will be
assigning an hour block in which to arrive for your audition, and within that hour students will
play on a first-come, first-served basis. This should cut down on your waiting time. Specific
audition times will be considered upon request with one week’s notice.
5. Ensembles must provide their own music stands.
6. A student may audition on only one solo instrument and in only one ensemble.
7. Students must provide at least two copies (original OK) of the music for reference by the
judges during the audition.
8. A musical selection shall not exceed 5 minutes in length.
9. Daytime concert dress is required for both the audition and the concert. Discuss this with
your teacher. For girls, skirts or dresses and dress shoes. For boys, shirt and tie, jacket
optional, dress shoes.
10. At the audition, each student will announce his or her name, title of piece, and composer.
11. Teachers will make arrangements for an accompanist if required. Teachers may
accompany students. The Bach Festival can provide an accompanist, with advance notice, for
a $10 fee.
12. There will be no formal rehearsal for the concert, but students may come early for a runthrough,
on a first-come, first-served basis. Both auditions and concert will be held at the
Church of the 49ers in Columbia.