The Washtenaw Community Concert Band's ANNUAL CONCERTO COMPETITION offers cash prizes totalling $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 firstname.lastname@example.org). The initial round of judging is based on a video recording that the applicant posts on a non-public section of YouTube.
Performed Second Concerto for Clarinet by Carl Maria von Weber on March 15, 2018.
Sixteen-year-old Tohei began his journey with the clarinet in 5th grade at Lakewood Elementary in Ann Arbor. He soon began studying privately with Jay deVries, who has been and continues to be an insightful and humorous music educator. Along his journey, Tohei has participated in various performances with the clarinet, learning from distinguished conductors, clinicians, and other educators the nuances of musicality.
Currently, he is a junior at Skyline High School and a member of its Symphony Band and Symphony Full Orchestra under directors Jason Smith and Andrea Cowper, respectively. In addition, he is a participant in the Michigan Youth Ensembles, playing for his 3rd year in the program with the Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra under Professor Anthony Elliott of the University of Michigan. He has also been a participant of the MSBOA All-State Bands several times.
Before studying the clarinet, Tohei had been learning the piano. He learned rhythm, expression, and other foundations of music from his many piano teachers from the age of five. To this day, he still plays transcriptions of video game, anime, and Japanese pop music on the piano. Recently, he has begun accompanying for MSBOA Solo & Ensemble events.
In addition to his musical interests, Tohei also hopes to one day be able to zealously pursue Jesus Christ. Accordingly, he is a member of the Church in Ann Arbor and its youth group, Ann Arbor Youth, for which he serves on the music team. With the rest of his spare time, he has been volunteering at the Food Gatherers Community Kitchen for the past 4 years and has been tutoring kids at Kumon.
Now, as the winner of the WCCB's 4th Annual Concerto Competition, Tohei Ichikawa is honored to be invited to play a concerto — something that, just a year before, was but a dream to him. He thanks his family, his piano accompanist Nina Yamakado, his band director Jason Smith, his private teacher Jay deVries, and his God for providing for this grand opportunity.
The deadline for the Fifth Annual Concerto Competition is January 11, 2019.
For reference, here is the information for the past competition:
All communications and submission of materials must be directed to Chris Heidenreich at email@example.com, including the application form, requests for substitutions to approved music list, and general questions.