Justin Benavidez

The Tuba and Euphonium Studio of

Justin Benavidez

Assistant Professor, Performance Studies
Faculty, School of Music

NERTEC Competitions

NERTEC COMPETITION FINALISTS

 

Young Artist Euphonium (No Preliminary Round)

PJ'ODacre - Horseheads High School

Max Dichter - Millburn High School

Stephen Quinones - SUNY Potsdam

Garret Dexter - Roxbury High School

 

Young Artist Tuba (No Preliminary Round)

Shannon Clarke - Greene High School

Jarod Serwecki - Hartt School

Simone Lenoe - Brighton High School

David Stein - Morristown High School

 

 

Solo Artist Euphonium

Ian Adams - Penn State University, student of Velvet Brown

Bijan Daneshvar - University of North Texas, student of Brian Bowman

Christian Dow - Ithaca College, student of Justin Benavidez

Christopher Hotaling - Eastman School, student of Mark Kellogg

Daniel Thomas - Penn State University, student of Velvet Brown

Christopher Troiano - George Mason University, student of Mark Jenkins

Alternate: Robert Brozowki - Georgia State University, student of Eric Bubacz

 

Solo Artist Tuba

Jacob Fewx - Yale University, student of Carol Jantsch

Joseph Guimaraes - Yale University, student of Carol Jantsch

Frank John - New England Conservatory, student of Mike Roylance

Jasmine Pigott - Ithaca College, student of Justin Benavidez

Steve Wilkinson - Ithaca College, student of Justin Benavidez

Aidan Zimmermann - Bard Conservatory, student of Derek Fenstermacher

Alternate: Michael Fleming - Carnegie Mellon, student of Craig Knox

 

Mock Band Euphonium

Stephen Cannistraci - Penn State University, student of Velvet Brown

Bijan Daneshvar - University of North Texas, student of Brian Bowman

Christopher Hotaling - Eastman School, student of Mark Kellogg

Philip Marion - James Madison University, student of Kevin Stees

Matthew Nunes - Montclair State University, student of Derek Fenstermacher

Christopher Troiano - George Mason University, student of Mark Jenkins

Alternate: Christian Dow, Ithaca College, student of Justin Benavidez

 

Mock Orchestra Tuba

Brandon Cazden - Manhattan School of Music, student of Kyle Turner

Andrew Doub - Curtis Institute of Music, student of Craig Knox

Jacob Fewx - Yale University, student of Carol Jantsch

Michael Fleming - Carnegie Mellon, student of Craig Knox

Frank John - New England Conservatory, student of Mike Roylance

Aidan Zimmermann - Bard Conservatory, student of Derek Fenstermacher

Alternates: Brett Copeland - Eastman School, student of Don Harry

                  Danny Warburton - SUNY Potsdam, student of Charles Guy

 

Quartet (No Preliminary Round)

Hartt School Quartet

Northern Virginia Tuba Euphonium Quartet

SUNY Potsdam Quartet

Nittany Tuba Quartet

Penn State University Quartet

 

 

SCHEDULE FOR LIVE COMPETITION ROUNDS:

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 28

Young Artist Euphonium: 9-10AM in Hockett Green Room

Young Artist Tuba: 10:30-11:30AM in Hockett Green Room

Solo Artist Tuba: 9-10AM in Nabenhauer Recital Room

Solo Artist Euphonium: 10-11AM in Nabenhauer Recital Room

Mock Band Euphonum Audition: 11-Noon in Hockett Recital Hall

Mock Orchestra Tuba Audition: Noon-1PM in Hockett Recital Hall

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 29

Quartet Competition: Noon-2PM in Beeler Rehearsal Hall

 

RULES AND REGULATIONS

ELIGIBILITY : The Northeast Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference Competitions are open to contestants of every race, gender and nationality. Each contestant must be a member of ITEA at the time of the live rounds of the competition. Previous NERTEC competition winners may not enter the same category again. However, they may enter a different category. Second and third place winners are eligible to enter the same category again. Finalists must be registered and present at NERTEC 2017 to be held April 28th – April 30th 2017 at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, USA. The live rounds will begin before the official start of the conference on April 28th. The only exception being the quartet competition, which will happen the following morning on April 29th. Finalists should prepare to arrive in time for rehearsals with pianists beginning in the afternoon of Thursday, April 27th.

AGE REQUIREMENTS : Contestants for the Young Artist solo competitions must not have reached their 19th birthday as of April 28th, 2017. A copy of a birth certificate, passport, or other definitive identification must be submitted with every entry application for the Young Artist competitions. There is no age limit for the Artist division solo competitions or for any of the other competitions, however, all competitors must not be full-time paid professionals in a collegiate teaching or performance position.

APPLICATION AND FEES : Each contestant must submit an online application and an entrance fee of $50.00 (USD) for the individual competitions. The entrance fee for each of the ensemble categories is $80.00 (USD) for the group. Contestants who wish to enter more than one competition must submit a separate application, fee, and recording for each competition. Application fees go towards prize money for the winners. If any competition does not receive enough entries to be a viable competition, the competition will be cancelled and all fees will be refunded. The application can be found on the left hand menu under DOCUMENTS.

PRELIMINARY AUDITION RECORDINGS: All of the competitions BESIDES YOUNG ARTIST EUPHONIUM, YOUNG ARTIST TUBA, AND QUARTET require a recorded preliminary audition. These recordings must be electronically submitted as one (1) MP3 file not to exceed 10MB, along with an electronic application, to nerteccomp2017@gmail.com (dropbox link encouraged).

All preliminary round recordings must include piano accompaniment if applicable. Recordings should be unedited and include only required music with no speaking. Multiple work/movement and multiple excerpt submissions should be contained on one (1) MP3 format file only in the order specified for submission. All identifying information must be removed from the file (i.e. no names of individuals, schools or teachers in the file title or in the metadata). Specific details concerning repertoire are provided under each competition category. All recordings will be presented to judges anonymously. Any failure to follow these guidelines may result in immediate disqualification.

PRIZES: Prize amounts are to be announced. Amounts are dependent upon the number of entrants in each category as well as contributions from manufacturers, merchants, and individuals.

JURIES: Juries for each competition category will feature prominent performers, scholars, and professors in the relevant field. Wherever possible, juries of an international scope will be assembled.

DEADLINES: Applications AND preliminary recordings for all competitions must be received no later than March 1st, 2017. Contestants chosen to perform as finalists in live rounds will be notified approximately March 15th, 2017.

Any questions concerning rules and repertoire should be directed to Justin Chervony, Competitions Coordinator: nerteccomp2017@gmail.com

Applications and recordings must be received by: March 1st 2017 by 11:59PM

 

 

Euphonium Artist:

Preliminary round:

Horovitz: Euphonium Concerto, Movements 2&3

Live round:

Stevens: Soliloquies, Movement 1

Ellerby: Euphonium Concerto, Movement 1

 

Tuba Artist:

Preliminary round:

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Tuba Concerto, Movements 1&2

Live round:

Stevens: Triumph of the Demon Gods

John Williams: Tuba Concerto, Movement 1

 

Euphonium Young Artist: ***Live Round ONLY***

Voxman: Selected Studies for Baritone – Page 25

Barbara York: A Caged Bird

 

Tuba Young Artist: ***Live Round ONLY***

Snedecor: Low Etudes for Tuba – Etude Number 4

Ray Strobel: Dans Profundo

 

Mock Band Euphonium: ***All Excerpts Can Be Found Under DOCUMENTS On The Left Side Menu***

Preliminary round:

Stars and Stripes – Beginning through first strain. Take first ending and stop.

Pineapple Poll – Beginning to eight before Rehearsal 2

Molly on the shore – Measure 71 to 99

First Suite in Eb – Beginning to two before Rehearsal A

World is Waiting for the Sunrise – Measure 105 to 121

Live round (To be chosen from the following):

Colonial Song – Measure 21 to downbeat of measure 45

Rufford Park Poachers – Pickups to measure 51 to measure 84

Melody Shop – Beginning to measure before the trio. No repeat.

Theme and variations – Measures 149 to 169

Rolling Thunder – Beginning to Rehearsal C. No repeat.

Commando March – Rehearsal B to the second bar of Rehearsal C

Festive Overture – Rehearsal 8 to 5 measures after Rehearsal 9

  One before Rehearsal 21 to the Ab after the Eb trill

Fingals Cave – Beginning to the two tied B natural whole notes

 

Mock Band Tuba: (Play bottom octave unless specified otherwise) ***All Excerpts Can Be Found Under DOCUMENTS On The Left Side Menu***

Preliminary round:

First Suite in Eb – Beginning through measure 8

Symphony in Bb – Rehearsal I to the downbeat of Rehearsal K

Melody Shop – Beginning through downbeat of measure 9

Second Suite in F – Ninth bar of Rehearsal E to 1 bar before Rehearsal F

     Pickups to seventeenth bar of Rehearsal H to the end

Oberon – Pick up to ninth bar of Rehearsal B through half note A after sixteenth note sequence. Play upper octave

Live round (To be chosen from the following):

Stars and Stripes – Beginning to the end of the first strain. No repeat

Toccata Marziale – Beginning until the downbeat of Rehearsal 2

  Pickups to fourth bar of Rehearsal 6 until the downbeat of Rehearsal 9

Symphonic Dances from West Side Story – measures 54 to 71

Rufford Park Poachers – Pickups to measure 51 to downbeat of measure 64

Russian and Ludmilla Overture – Beginning to downbeat of Rehearsal 1

Russian Sailor’s Dance – Rehearsal L to one bar before Rehearsal O

Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite – Second strain. No repeat

 

Mock Orchestra Tuba: ***All Excerpts Can Be Found Under DOCUMENTS On The Left Side Menu***

Preliminary round:

Hungarian March – Rehearsal 4 to fourth bar of Rehearsal 5

Mahler Symphony No. 1 – Mvt III, Four before Rehearsal 3 to Rehearsal 4

Symphonic Metamorphosis – Mvt II, Fourth bar of Rehearsal L to second bar of Rehearsal P

                                               Mvt II, Three before Rehearsal R to Rehearsal T

Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 – Mvt I, Rehearsal 3 to Rehearsal 6

Ride of the Valkyries – B Major section

Live round (To be chosen from the following):

Meistersinger Overture – Rehearsal J to Rehearsal L

Ein Heldenleben – Second bar of Rehearsal 62 to second bar of Rehearsal 65

Till Eulenspeigel – Fourth bar of Rehearsal 37 to four before Rehearsal 38

Mahler Symphony No. 2 – Mvt V, Rehearsal 10 to Rehearsal 11

                             Mvt V, Pickups to Rehearsal 25 to eighth bar of Rehearsal 26

Mahler Symphony No. 5 – Mvt I, Eight before Rehearsal 25 to Rehearsal 25

                            Mvt III, thirteen before Rehearsal 16 to Rehearsal 17

Symphonie Fantastique – Mvt IV, Rehearsal 56 to sixth bar of Rehearsal 57

                                          Mvt V, Rehearsal 84 to end

Sensemaya – Rehearsal 2 to Rehearsal 11

Bruckner Symphony No. 7 – Rehearsal P to fourth bar of Rehearsal R

Fountains of Rome – Rehearsal 11 to Rehearsal 14

 

Quartet: ***Live Round ONLY***

Two pieces in contrasting style, not to exceed 12 minutes total of music. One piece must be for the original instrumentation (Tuba/Euphonium Quartet). The other may be whatever you choose. You may perform them in whichever order you wish.

You MUST provide copies of the scores for the judges!

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