Young Artists Competition

Charles F. Davis Young Artist Competition

   The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra announces the annual Charles F. Davis Young Artist Competition.
The competition is available in two categories – a Sr. Division for High School students and a Junior
Division for pre-high school students for students of piano, winds, brass, percussion, strings and voice,
residing in Northern Michigan between the 45th Parallel and the Straits of Mackinac, or students
affiliated with a member of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra (GLCO).
The competition will be held at the Petoskey United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 24th, 2022
beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Application forms are available from instrumental and vocal teachers in the area, the GLCO Office or
online at Students are encouraged to speak with their teachers or to contact
GLCO for additional information at 231.487.0010.
Deadline for entry: Contestants must submit a completed application form, along with a $15.00
non-refundable application fee made payable to the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. Applications must
reach the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra office, 219 E. Lake Street, Petoskey, 49770 by Friday, April
15th, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

1. Work(s) to be performed: Instrumentalists: a complete movement or composition for which
an orchestral arrangement is available. Vocalists: two compositions, at least one in a foreign
language – one of which must have an orchestral arrangement.
2. Each contestant is to provide an accompanist, when necessary, at the contestant’s expense.
3. Three copies of the piece(s) performed must be supplied for the judges with measures
numbered. Photocopies are acceptable. All copies will be returned to the performers.
4. Target performance time between 5 and 10 minutes.
5. Music memorization is encouraged.
Music scholarships are awarded to the top two contestants in the each Division. Winners may be
invited to perform with the GLCO.
Masks are required for this event. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
Contestants will be notified of their individual performance times within a week following the deadline
date. Audition times will be randomly selected and may be negotiated. A warm-up room will be
provided prior to the audition time. The competition will be held before a live audience. For additional
information, please contact the office of Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra 231.487.0010.



Entrant’s Name___________________________________________________________

___ Senior Division (High School)                      ___ Junior Division (pre-High School)

Street Address__________________________________________________________

City_______________________________________________Zip___________________ Phone_______________________________ E-Mail_______________________________ Instrument or Voice _________________________________________________________ Private Teacher/Music Director’s Name___________________________________________ Private Teacher/Music Director’s Signature _________________________________________ Phone_______________________________ E-Mail________________________________________
REPERTOIRE: Instrumentalists: a single movement for which an orchestral arrangement is available. Vocalists: two compositions, at least one in a foreign language and one of which must have an orchestral arrangement.
Work 1_________________________________________Composer______________    Work 2_________________________________________Composer__________________ Accompanist Name _________________________________________________________

CERTIFICATION: I certify that all the information above is correct, and that if I am selected as the Grand Prize winner, I may be invited to perform with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. I will commit the time and energy necessary to do so to the best of my ability. I will provide my own accompanist at my own expense throughout the competition phase of this project.

Entrant’s Signature___________________________________________________

INFORMATION RELEASE: to be signed by the parent or guardian (or entrant if 18 years old or older). Should this entrant be a winner or runner-up in the competition, I grant the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra permission to use the entrant’s name, photograph, and biographical information for the purpose of electronic and/or print advertising and program publications.
Printed Name_____________________________ Signature________________________________
Relationship to Entrant_______________________________________________
Entries must be received by Friday, April 15, 2022, 5:00 pm, at the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, 219 E. Lake Street, Petoskey, MI 49770. A $15 non-refundable entry fee must be attached to this entry form, made payable to the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.

Eric Lawson

Assistant Concertmaster

Violinist, violist, conductor and professor Dr. Eric Lawson has had a varied career in performance and education. Past performances as a conductor, soloist and lecturer have taken him to Austria, Brazil, China, Germany, Romania and Scandinavia. Before returning to his home state of Michigan, he was based in North Dakota where, in addition to serving as a violin instructor at Bismarck State College, Jamestown College, and the University of Mary, he was also concertmaster of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra and established the Bismarck-Mandan Youth Symphony. Other former academic appointments have included Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Central College in Pella, Iowa and the University of North Dakota where he founded the string program and the UND Chamber Orchestra.

Here in Michigan, Dr. Lawson as been very active with the Alpena Symphony Orchestra as its concertmaster, conductor and president of the board. He also performs with many other orchestras in Northern Michigan and participates in the Traverse Symphony as a first violinist, in the Gaylord Symphony as concertmaster and as assistant concertmaster in the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.

And finally, in what has been one of the most important experiences of his life outside of music, he also served almost four years as an Alpena County Commissioner, representing Ossineke and Sanborn Townships. In addition to serving as chair of the Salary and Personnel Committee, he also served on the Airport, Ambulance, District Court, Circuit Court Management and Jail Committees. He also represented Alpena County in Gaylord with the Northern Michigan Regional Entity Substance Use Disorder Board and continues to serve on the Northeast Michigan Community Mental Health Board. Dr. Lawson resides in Ossineke with his wife and two children.