YOUNG ARTIST COMPETITION

The Kenneth G. Bloomquist Prize


Established by the Lansing Concert Band in 2011, the Bloomquist Prize recognizes outstanding high school musicians in the mid-Michigan area.

The award is named in honor of LCB Director Emeritus and former director of bands at Michigan State University, Ken Bloomquist.

Winners receive a $1,000 scholarship prize and perform as a featured soloist with the band at our annual spring concert.

Bloomquist Prize Winners

2020: Karl Rueterbusch, marimba
2019: Natalie Feldpausch, oboe
2018: Genevieve Brown, flute
2017: Aaron Smokovitz, trumpet
2016: Justin Best, clarinet
2015: Martin Kocev, clarinet
2014: Aden Berry, tuba
2013: Lydia Roth, flute
2012: Diedreanna Potter, harp
2011: Jordan Lulloff, saxophone

Become the next LCB Young Artist

The competition will be open to high school musicians in grades 9–12 during the 2020-21 academic year, enrolled in school from the following counties: Allegan, Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lenawee, Livingston, Midland, Montcalm, Oakland, Saginaw, Shiawassee and Washtenaw.

Registration is not currently open, but will be available later this season. 

Performers of woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments may apply. As an applicant, you must select a work for your instrument that has an available band or wind ensemble arrangement. An audio or video recording of your performance must be submitted with piano, band, or orchestral accompaniment. 

The winner will perform their solo selection in concert with the Lansing Concert Band in the spring of 2021. A cash prize of $1,000 will be awarded along with a professional recording of the performance.  

Judges’ decisions are final. The winner is responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. 

Questions?
Please e-mail us at competition@lansingconcertband.org or call 517-881-4211 

Apply by mail - Registration not yet open for 2021

Download the application form using the button below, print out and complete. Please print legibly, particularly your e-mail address.

Prepare an unedited CD or DVD audio/video recording of you performing your selected work with accompaniment. A piano accompaniment is acceptable for the application process. If the work is multi-movement, select the first or last movement; play the entire movement. If the work is through-composed, play the piece in its entirety. The submitted recording should not contain any spoken words or other identifying information. Only the audio from video recordings will be judged.
  
Include a check for the $25 application fee (made payable to Lansing Concert Band). The application fee will be refunded only in the event that a winner is not selected.

Your completed application packet should include: Completed application form, recording of your audition piece, and $25 fee. Your application will not be considered unless the application packet is complete.

Bloomquist Prize Chairperson
1353 Germany Rd.
Williamston, MI 48895

We will notify you via e-mail when we receive your complete packet.

Apply online - Registration not yet open for 2021

Prior to completing the online application form, be certain you have an unedited audio file of you performing your selected work with accompaniment. A piano accompaniment is acceptable for the application process. If the work is multi-movement, select the first or last movement; play the entire movement. If the work is through-composed, play the piece in its entirety.

Accepted audio formats include: .mp3, .m4a, .wma, .wav, .flac, .ogg and .aac formats. Accepted video formats include: .avi, .wmv, .mov or any MPEG file format. The submitted recording should not contain any spoken words or other identifying information. Only the audio from video recordings will be judged. We will send a follow-up message when we've had the opportunity to verify the successful transmission of your recording.

Download the Parental/Legal Guardian Consent Form and print. Sign your name stating the recording you submitted is yours. Then have your parent/guardian sign the form indicating they approve of your participation and performance for spring of 2021.

Mail the completed consent form to address below, along with $25 application fee (checks made payable to Lansing Concert Band). The application fee will be refunded only in the event that a winner is not selected. Your online application will not be considered until we receive consent form and fee.

Bloomquist Prize Chairperson
1353 Germany Rd.
Williamston, MI 48895

We will notify you via e-mail when we receive your application and materials. 

Lansing Concert Band

P.O. Box 11152
Lansing, MI 48901
517-321-3274

Join us!

The Lansing Concert Band accepts new members by audition. Auditions are informal, but please prepare a short piece that shows both your technical skill and expressive playing. Message or phone us, and you will be contacted by a section leader. Not all sections will have open seats, but we will make accommodations for qualified players.

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