The Washtenaw Community Concert Band's ANNUAL CONCERTO COMPETITION offers cash prizes totaling $2,000. The winner ($1,500 cash prize) and runner-up ($500 cash prize) will perform their concertos with the WCCB in concert.
Applicants must be enrolled in grades 9–12 in a public, parochial, or private high school located in Washtenaw County, be a member of the school's band or orchestra, and be a player of an instrument commonly used in concert bands. The applicant must have parental and band/orchestra teacher approval to apply. Music to be performed for the audition must be from the approved list. Prior approval from Chris Heidenreich, Conductor and Music Director, is required for any proposed substitutions (email email@example.com). The initial round of judging is based on a video recording that the applicant posts on a non-public section of YouTube.
Performance of Tableaux de Provence by Paule Maurice
Zihao Wang is a senior at Huron High School in Ann Arbor. He initially started playing the saxophone casually from 6th grade throughout middle school, where he gained experience on all different types of saxophones from the soprano to the baritone. In tenth grade, after attending and being inspired by a concert performance of Rhapsody for the Alto Saxophone, he fell in love with the instrument. That same year, he started studying under saxophonist Dr. Sean Hurlburt.
Through Dr. Hurlburt's passionate and precise instruction, Zihao’s technique and musical skill soared. By eleventh grade, he started to play with the Michigan Youth Symphonic Band on alto saxophone. Later that year, he participated in the MPulse program, where he obtained instruction and masterclasses from the famous classical saxophonist Dr. Timothy McAllister at the University of Michigan. Currently, he is first chair Baritone Saxophone in both the Symphony Band and Jazz Band at Huron High School. With his love for music and the saxophone, Zihao is currently auditioning to study saxophone performance at various colleges, universities, and conservatories around the country.
In his free time, Zihao also explores other instruments such as guitar and piano. He has received honorable mention in the American Protégé piano competition. Additionally, he likes to jam with his group of friends, performing many times at senior homes, hospitals, festivals, and private events. Besides music, Zihao loves video games, books, and spending time with friends and family.
Performance of Concerto for Alto Saxophone by Paul Creston
Sixteen-year-old Eric Zhang began playing the alto saxophone in 5th grade at Logan Elementary in Ann Arbor. Soon, he began studying privately with Andy Hall. Since that time, saxophone has become an important part of Eric's life.
Currently, Eric is a junior at Skyline High School and a member of its Symphony Band directed by Mr. Jason Smith. Eric has studied privately with Dr. Sean Hurlburt for the past 3 years and is immensely grateful to Dr. Hurlburt, who has been a flexible, supportive, and humorous teacher. In addition, Eric has participated in the Michigan Youth Symphony Band and the MSBOA All-State Band.
In addition to music interests, Eric enjoys playing soccer, spending time with his family, and making videos. He is extremely grateful for the opportunity to perform with the Washtenaw Community Concert Band and would like to thank his band director Mr. Smith, his private teacher Dr. Hurlburt, and his accompanist Liz Ames.
The deadline for the Eighth Annual Concerto Competition is Friday, January 7, 2022.
All communications and submission of materials must be directed to Chris Heidenreich at firstname.lastname@example.org, including the application form, requests for substitutions to approved music list, and general questions.