The annual Northern State University Concerto/ Aria Competition Recital will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Berggren Recital Hall.
The competition is hosted by the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony, directed by Robert Vodnoy. The recital is free and open to the public and will begin a half-hour earlier than in past years to accommodate the large number of competitors.
This year's program features 16 competitors. The 11 vocalists will perform a broad range of operatic arias by Pergolesi, Mozart, Weber, Bizet and Meacham. The five instrumentalists will perform concertos by Weber, Glazunov, Lars-Erik Larsson, Samuel Barber and Ney Rosauro.
The annual competition provides instrumentalists and vocalists with an opportunity to perform in recital and to win a performance with the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony orchestra. The winners will perform at the orchestra's Feb. 26 Winter Concert, which also features the NSU Collegiate Choir. One instrumentalist and one vocalist may win the competition.
To be eligible to compete, students must be enrolled full-time at NSU in the spring 2011 semester and be enrolled in applied lessons on their primary performing instrument or in voice.
Competitors may not have been the winner of a previous NSU Concerto/Aria competition.
Instrumentalists must perform a concerto movement or a concert piece for solo instrument or instruments and orchestra. Vocalists must perform an aria from an opera or oratorio, or a piece for voice and orchestra.
The judges for this year's competition are all from Jamestown College. Richard Walentine is the professor of voice and department chairman. Benjamin Schneider is an associate professor and director of bands and orchestra. Jaime Namminga is a collaborative pianist on the faculty of Jamestown College and Valley City State University.