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Rosen-Schaffel Competition

for Young & Emerging Artists
Event Info
Date: Saturday, July 6, 2019
Location: Rosen Concert Hall, Broyhill Music Center
Time: 10:00am
Free Event

The festival, in partnership with the Hayes School of Music, proudly presents the ninth season of the highly acclaimed Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young & Emerging Artists, known for the pivotal role it has played in launching the careers of some of our state’s most promising young artists.  During the spring of 2019, contestants submitted recordings of their work and a panel of judges selected eight finalists to compete in a public performance.

During the final round on July 6, jurors will designate three top prizewinners and the audience will select an audience choice award winner. In addition to a cash prize, the first-prize winner will be awarded an opportunity to perform a complete concerto or comparable work with conductor Gerard Schwarz and the Eastern Festival Orchestra during the 2020 season of An Appalachian Summer Festival. Morgan Short, first place prize winner of the 2018 Rosen-Schaffel Competition, will perform with the Eastern Festival Orchestra on Sunday, July 14 at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts.

This year’s competition jurors are José-Louis Novo with the Eastern Festival Orchestra and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Roger Kalia with the Pacific Symphony and Orchestra Santa Monica, and Robert Moody with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

About the Rosen-Schaffel Competition

The Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists, established in July 2011, is a program of An Appalachian Summer Festival, the university’s annual summer festival of the performing and visual arts.  The competition is co-presented with the university’s highly acclaimed Hayes School of Music, and is named in honor of Mrs. Muriel Rosen and two of Mrs. Rosen's family members, Nancy and Neil Schaffel.  Arnold and Muriel Rosen’s vision and generosity led to the founding of An Appalachian Summer Festival in 1983.  Central to the festival’s founding principles is a belief in the importance of supporting young American artists, and promoting the professional endeavors of young artists pursuing careers in the fine arts.  This belief, championed by the Rosens and their family, remains an integral component of the festival’s mission and identity, and is clearly reflected in this remarkable program.

Jury Process

A panel of distinguished musicians and collegiate educators will serve as jurors for the Rosen-Schaffel Competition’s preliminary round. Based on recordings submitted in mp3 format, jurors will select eight finalists, via a blind adjudication process, to compete on Saturday, July 6, 2019 in Boone, North Carolina, at a public event held as part of An Appalachian Summer Festival's 2019 season.

In the final live round of the competition, a panel of prominent symphony conductors will select a First Place, Second Place and Third Place Winner. The decision of the judges is final. In addition, the competition audience will select an “Audience Choice Award Winner.”


The FIRST PLACE WINNER will receive a cash prize of $2,000 as well as an invitation to perform a complete concerto or comparable work(s) with one of the Eastern Festival Orchestras during the summer season following the competition. 
The SECOND PLACE WINNER will receive a cash prize of $1,500.  Should the First Place Winner be unable to perform with the orchestra, the Second Place Winner will be invited to fulfill this engagement.

The THIRD PLACE WINNER will receive a cash prize of $1,000.

The AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNER will receive a cash prize of $1,000.

AFFILIATE STUDIO PRIZE: A studio prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the studio of primary instruction, made payable to the institution, that provided the First Place Winner's eligibility to participate in the competition. 

ALL OTHER FINALISTS will receive an honorarium of $300.

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This performance and other classical music events at An Appalachian Summer Festival are supported by the Rosen-Schaffel Endowment for Classical Music Programing. Created by Nancy and Neil Schaffel, the endowment honors the legacy of Nancy’s parents, Arnold and Muriel Rosen, and their lifelong commitment to the fine arts, as well as their important role in the founding of An Appalachian Summer Festival.

The 2019 Rosen-Schaffel Young Artist Competition has also received generous support from the Bruce J. Heim Foundation and Mark and Nancy Tafeen. These gifts have enabled the program to increase the amount of its cash awards to the competition’s winners.