Music Olympics offers six competitions for various age groups and instruments. Competitors are selected by application and then audition for a panel of judges on Sunday, February 12, 2012. Winners at each level receive a cash prize and the opportunity to be selected as the Overall Winner of the Music Olympics.
A Winners Concert will be held on Sunday, February 19, 2012, at 3PM in Petree Recital Hall, Wanda L. Bass School of Music at the Oklahoma City University. The concert is free and open to the public.
The Buttram Competition
A competition for strings, a Buttram Award is presented to students in grades 9 to 12 performing in each division on the violin, viola, cello, bass, and string quartet. An Overall Winner Award is also available in this competition. The prizes are made possible by a gift from the Buttram family in memory of Merle and Frank Buttram.
The Carver Competition
Students playing brass, woodwind, harp or percussion instruments are welcome in the Carver Competition. Young musicians in grades 9 to 12 are eligible to compete for prizes in each solo division. An Overall Winner Award is also available in this competition. The prizes are made possible by a gift from Mrs. William Abney in memory of her daughter, Lauren Carver.
The Gilliam Competition
Piano students up to grade 8 are eligible to compete for first, second, and third place prizes. This competition is made possible by a gift from Mike and Wanda Gilliam.
The Donna Marie Haire Competition
Classical guitar students in grades 9 to 12 are eligible to compete for first, second and third place prizes. The competition is made possible by a gift from William H. Haire and his children, and Paul Theisen, in memory of their amazing wife, mother and sister, Donna Marie Haire.
The Keith Competition
Students through grade 8 who play the violin, viola, cello and bass are eligible for awards in each solo division with an additional prize for the overall competition winner. The awards are made possible by a gift from Mr. and Mrs. R. Drake Keith and by the OKC Orchestra League.
The Meinders Competition
Piano students in grades 9 to 12 are eligible for a first and second place prizes. This competition is made possible by a gift from Herman Meinders in honor of his wife, LaDonna.
About OKC ORCHESTRA LEAGUE
The Oklahoma City Orchestra League, Inc., is a group of dedicated volunteers committed to the promotion, preservation and performance of orchestral music by actively participating and financially supporting the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and multiple music education programs in Central Oklahoma. Since its inception 60 years ago, the Oklahoma City Orchestra League has raised more than $4.5 million in support of the OKC Philharmonic and music education.