In 2017, CCMF will hold its 3rd Annual Concerto Competition for pianists and string players. The winners will be invited to perform with the Northeastern Illinois University Orchestra conducted by Maestro Brian Groner in the fall of 2017.
Competition Date - Saturday July 29th, 2017 at 11am, Recital Hall of Northeastern Illinois University.
Eligibility - Participants must be fully accepted to CCMF in order to enter the competition.
Competition Fee - $50 added to CCMF Tuition.
Competition Repertoire - One movement from a concerto or solo piece. Please, refer to the approved repertoire list. Please contact the CCMF for works outside this repertoire list, as they will need to be approved.
Accompaniment - CCMF will provide an accompanist for the competition at no additional cost. Participants are welcome to bring their own.
* All music must be performed by memory
Brian Groner, Conductor
Violinist and conductor, Brian Groner, has been the director of the University Orchestra and an applied violin teacher since 2011. An active professional musician, Mr. Groner is music director and conductor of the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra in Appleton, Wisconsin, and music director of the Harper Symphony in Palatine, Illinois. He has appeared as a guest conductor on the podium of many notable ensembles including the Czech National Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, The Shenzhen Symphony (China), and the International Contemporary Ensemble. He also toured with the Moscow Classical Ballet. Performances he has led have also been featured on satellite broadcasts over National Public Radio in over 50 major radio markets across the U.S.
As a performing violinist, he has appeared as a concerto soloist throughout the Midwest. His orchestral membership includes the violin sections of the Oklahoma Symphony and the Nashville Symphony Orchestras; the latter of the two being where he last served as Assistant Concertmaster.
His conducting teachers have included Kenneth Schermerhorn, Louis Lane and Amerigo Marino, and he studied analysis with Dr. David Cassel.