SEVENTH VAKHTANG JORDANIA
INTERNATIONAL CONDUCTING COMPETITION
CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE - June 1 to June 7, 2008

Event | The City, The University And The Orchestra | Timetable | How to Apply

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The Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga have announced the seventh Jordania Conducting Competition, to be held between June 1 and June 7, 2008 in the beautiful, historic city of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This competition will be open to conductors from around the world who wish to enhance their careers through international competition, expand their network of global contacts and have a wonderful experience working with the musicians of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra. We also offer Master Classes, professional development seminars and many opportunities for one-on-one contact and individual guidance from our distinguished international panel of judges.

The 2008 Competition is again being presented in loving memory of Vakhtang Jordania. For more information about him, please visit http://www.jamesarts.com/vakjo2.htm.

The Jordania International Conducting Competition will be offering the Jordania Grand Prize of $7, 500 to the winning conductor.

The William L. Montague, Jr. Second Prize Winner will be awarded $5,000.

The Third Prize winner will receive $2,500.

The 2006 Jordania International Conducting Competition was a great success, with the Jordania Grand Prize of $7,500 awarded to James Feddeck of New York, the William L. Montague, Jr. Second Prize of $5,000 was awarded to John Traill of England.and the Third Prize of $2,500 awarded to Sasha Mäkilä of Finland.

Information about the winners of last year's competition can be found at http://www.jamesarts.com/VJCNDCMP06WINNERS.htm.

*Please note that the Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition is open to all, regardless of nationality, age, or sex.

THE JURY
Leslie Dunner - of Chicago, Illinois
Joseph Horowitz - of New York, New York
Giorgi Jordania - of Tbilisi, Georgia
Dr. Mark Malkovich - of Newport, Rhode Island
Jonathan Sternberg - of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Alexander Toradze - of New York, New York
and others to be announced.


SPECIAL ASSOCIATE OF THE JORDANIA COMPETITION
Yuriy Serdyuk - of Dniepropetrovsk, Ukraine


BOARD CHAIR
Joan Murray - of Chattanooga, Tennessee


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Jeffrey James - of New York, New York


THE CITY, THE UNIVERSITY AND THE ORCHESTRA

Chattanooga, the 4th largest city in the state, is located in Southeast Tennessee near the border of Georgia at the junction of four interstate highways. The city has received national recognition for the renaissance of its beautiful downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront. The city and county have developed an extensive greenway system which includes 5 miles of constructed riverwalk beginning downtown and meandering through the historic art district and several parks. With its scenic beauty, stable population and economy, civic vitality and cross-sector partnerships, fiscal integrity, and strategic location, Chattanooga enters the 21st century as one of the most progressive and livable mid-size cities in the US. In this decade the city has won 3 national awards for outstanding "livability", and 9 Gunther Blue Ribbon Awards for excellence in housing and consolidated planning.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is a national model for metropolitan universities. In collaboration with our many regional partners, they offer students an experiential learning environment graced with outstanding teaching scholars in bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs.

The University is located only a few blocks from the urban area of Chattanooga, a city that is both highly industrial and rich in natural beauty. Claiming more than 600 industries, Chattanooga lies at the foot of Lookout and Signal Mountains where the Tennessee River forms Moccasin Bend. These sites possess historical significance as well as beauty in a city steeped in the heritage of the American Civil War.

The cultural environment of Chattanooga is enhanced by contributions from the University and the many civic organizations that support the arts through dramatic productions, concerts, and art exhibits. More about the city at http://www.chattanooga.gov.

The Jordania Competition Orchestra is composed of the finest professional musicians within the Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia area. These musicians are the principal components of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra (AL), the Atlanta Symphony (GA) Orchestra, and the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Orchestra (TN), to name a few. We are pleased to announce that Mark Reneau, the concertmaster of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra will serve as concertmaster of the Jordania Competition Orchestra. The majority of these musicians have played under the baton of Vakhtang Jordania. They are dedicated to preserving his memory.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Jooyong Ahn, Music Director, is the most advanced orchestral ensemble at UTC. Its educational purpose is to provide a pre-professional experience for applied music and music education majors and for musically talented students majoring in other fields. It presents several full-length concerts each year, including one opera. Its repertoire is drawn from major symphonic works of the 18th through 20th centuries. More about them at http://www.utc.edu/Academic/Music/. More about the University's Fine Arts Center at http://www.utc.edu/Administration/FineArtsCenter/.

THE COMPETITION TIMETABLE

The Seventh Jordania International Conducting Competition is scheduled to take place between the opening party on Sunday, June 1 and the closing night concert on Saturday, June 7, 2008. Contestants will be screened in a process that will begin with submission of a curriculum vitae, a recent photo, a biographical sketch, repertoire list and a performance videotape or DVD along with a non-refundable processing fee of $150 (written in U.S. Dollars only - no bank transfers will be accepted), payable to the Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition. Deadline for receipt of these materials is April 1, 2008. Decisions will be announced by April 15, 2008.

Entries will be screened by an international panel of judges. 24 people will be selected to compete in the first round.

Please note: A performance videotape or DVD is required. Applications will not be processed without a performance videotape or DVD. When submitting videotape or DVD, please be certain that you can be seen conducting from the front, with as close a view of you as possible. Views of your back or from a great distance are not helpful. The jury needs to be able to see your conducting technique clearly.

Please also note: Attendance at the opening party on Sunday, June 1 is required, as drawing for order of performance will be determined at that time.

Round 1 - June 2 and 3 - The 24 contestants, 12 on each of two successive days, will have 20 minutes to rehearse and present two selections, one from each pair of required pieces. You must have the entirety of both pieces ready. You will be informed which section the jury wants to hear from each piece you have selected when you arrive for your performance:

Mozart - Divertimento in D, K. 136 or Divertimento in F, K. 138
and
Grieg - Holberg Suite

12 contestants will be selected to move on to the next round.

Round 2 - June 4 and 5 - The 12 contestants, on each of two successive days, will have 32 minutes to rehearse and present three selections, one from each pair of required pieces. You must have the entirety of all three pieces ready. You will be informed which section the jury wants to hear from each piece you have selected when you arrive for your performance:

Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 or Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 4
and
Schumann - Symphony No. 4 or Brahms - Symphony No. 1
and
Weber - Overture to Oberon

Please note: June 5 will be half day so that the orchestra can rehearse for a special performance at 7:30 that evening in Roland Hayes Concert Hall.

6 contestants will be selected to move on to the next round.

Round 3 - June 6 - The 6 contestants, in morning and afternoon sessions at the Tivoli Theatre, will be allowed 43 minutes to prepare and present one of the following overtures, the Ravel and the contemporary composition selection:

Rossini - La Gazza Ladra Overture or Semiramide
and
Ravel - La Valse
and
Contemporary composition - this selection will be announced when contestants arrive for competition - scores will be provided.

3 contestants will be selected to move on to the final round.

Round 4 - June 7 - Final Concert Round - The 3 finalists will rehearse and conduct the Jordania International Conducting Competition Orchestra at the Tivoli Theatre. This rehearsal is part of the competition. The jury will decide which pieces each contestant will rehearse and perform at the final concert. The selection will be made from the pieces each contestant has already presented.

Prizes will be announced at the closing night concert at the Tivoli Theater.

The final concert will be videotaped and DAT recorded. Copies of these recordings will be presented to the 3 finalists.


HOW TO APPLY

Simply download the attached entry form, making sure that all of the required elements and the non-refundable entry fee are enclosed, and mail them to:

Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition
7457 Preston Circle
Chattanooga Tennessee 37421 USA

Please use this checklist to insure that all required elements are included with this application:

_____ Curriculum Vitae

_____ Performance Videotape (DVD or VHS Format)

_____ Recent Photo

_____ Biographical Sketch

_____ List of Repertoire Conducted

_____ Competition Repertoire Selections (download repertoire form here)

_____ $150 Non-refundable processing fee (made payable to Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition) — Please note – all checks must be written in U.S. Dollars - NO BANK TRANSFERS WILL BE ACCEPTED

All packages must be postmarked by April 1, 2008. Decisions will be announced by April 15, 2008

Questions about the competition can be directed to Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at jamesarts@att.net, or call 516-586-3433.

Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
Jeffrey James,   President
45 Grant Avenue
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Tel & Fax: 516-586-3433   E-mail: jamesarts@att.net

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