High School Competition for Strings
in memory of Gustave E. Johansen, Jr.
The deadline for the 2019 competition has passed. Please check back in late summer 2020 for updated information.
Competition Date & Time
Our 2019 competition has already occurred. We hope to see you in 2020!
National Presbyterian Church
4101 Nebraska Avenue NW
A $35 non-refundable application fee is required by the deadline. Apply online using a credit card. If paying by check, remit payment to “Friday Morning Music Club” and mail with your application form.
Students currently enrolled in Grades 9 – 12 who play violin, viola, cello, or bass.
- First Prize: $1,500
- Second Prize: $1,000
- Third Prize: $700
All the winners (including Honorable Mention) are invited to perform in concert at The Mansion at Strathmore Arts Center in Bethesda, MD. The winners also have opportunities to perform at the FMMC Student Recitals throughout the season at various venues and receive a membership for the remaining and following seasons.
Choose three works, each from a different period:
- A fast movement from a standard concerto.
- One work in a challenging, contemporary idiom (see suggested examples), employing such characteristic devices as atonality, polyrhythms, non-traditional notation, etc. No works drawn from film scores. The degree of the stylistic/aesthetic challenge of the work will be a factor in the judging. The work need not be memorized; though doing so will obviously increase the contestant’s score.
- A composition in a style that contrasts with the other two works.
- All selections, except sonatas with piano, must be performed from memory. An exception may be made for a new piece in a contemporary idiom.
- Only one sonata with piano may be included on your program.
- Contestants must provide their own accompanist. Any music with accompaniment must be performed with an accompanist.
- Repertoire must be approved by the Competition Committee prior to submitting application.
- Each contestant will be allowed 10 minutes. Therefore, the judges may ask for portions of the compositions.
Jeongseon Choi, Strings Competition Chair
- First Prize: Brandon Du—Violin, Freshman at Centennial HS
- Second Prize: Eleanor Shen—Violin, Senior at Thomas Wooton HS
- Third Prize: Jasper de Booer—Viola, Senior at Washington-Lee HS
- Honorable Mention: Nicole Fang—Cello, Freshman at Richard Montgomery HS