Berkshire Symphony Soloist Competition
The programs include music from all periods and genres. The competition is hosted by conductor of the Berkshire Symphony, Ronald Feldman.
The competition is open to Williams College students who have completed required instrumental or vocal studies, are enrolled in qualifying courses, and have been recommended by their instrumental or vocal teachers. Each may choose a movement from a concerto, a single-movement work, a concert or operatic aria, or song cycle for soloist and orchestra.
Choosing the winners is a distinguished panel of judges that consists of professional musicians from outside the Williams community. This year the panel welcomes Joel Pitchon, professor of violin and chamber music at Smith. Paul Green, clarinetist, faculty member of the Berkshire Music School in Pittsfield, and the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut and Principal Clarinetist of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra; and Gili Melamed-Lev, pianist and Artistic Director of The Concert Series at Camphill Ghent. The voice judge this year is Amanda Boyd-Grout.
The competition winners will appear with the Berkshire Symphony in the final regular season concert on Thursday April 21 in Chapin Hall, a concert which showcases the remarkable talents of our Williams students.