Lafayette Symphony auditions set for 2008 Keller Competition

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Lafayette Online) — The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra will hold auditions for the 2008 Keller Competition from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 211 Knox Drive, in West Lafayette, Indiana.

A panel of professional judges will select up to three musicians to perform with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, said Karen Goff, chairwoman of the Keller Competition Committee and a member of the LSO’s Education/Outreach Committee.

Winners will be announced shortly after the auditions are completed and posted on the symphony’s Web site at They are slated to perform with the Lafayette Symphony at the Dec. 6 concert in the Long Center.

“The Keller Competition, marking a milestone 35th year, promotes quality musicianship, high achievement in musical performance for students from throughout the Lafayette-West Lafayette region,” Goff said. “I am so proud the LSO sponsors this excellent competition because it confirms that in both school music programs and in private applied studios, quality music teaching takes place every day to support, encourage and challenge local young musicians.”

Musicians age 22 and younger compete at the annual Keller Competition for the opportunity to perform as featured soloists with the LSO.

The Allan W. Keller Memorial Award was established in 1973 to honor Allan Keller, a former LSO treasurer and supporter. Each year, young musicians compete for the opportunity to perform as featured soloists with the LSO and each winner is granted a cash prize.

Over the years, a number of Lafayette-West Lafayette area musicians have advanced to prominent music schools, performed at top musical venues and attained significant success with their instrument, whether that be violin, cello, voice, clarinet, trumpet, flute or percussion.

The 2007 Keller Competition winners were Christian Schrock of Covington, Jinty McTavish of Lafayette and Nathan Kross of West Lafayette. They performed during the LSO “Classical Holiday Celebration” concert on Dec. 15, 2007.

“We view the Keller Competition as a cornerstone for the LSO’s commitment to education and outreach as we grow our regional orchestra,” said LSO music director Nicholas Palmer. “Through this wonderful and longstanding program, we can tap into the local and area schools, employers and organizations to expand the symphony’s reach and offer professional performance opportunities for the region’s young musicians.”

Launched in 1950 as a non-profit organization, the 70-person Lafayette Symphony Orchestra is focused on enriching the cultural life of the West Central Indiana community and 14 surrounding counties through excellence in orchestral music and educational experience.

About 80 percent of its patrons are from Lafayette, West Lafayette and Tippecanoe County, while the remainder are from the surrounding counties of Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Howard, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Pulaski, Tipton, Warren and White.

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