The festival, in partnership with the Hayes Shool of Music, proudly presents the eighth season of the highly acclaimed Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young & Emerging Artists. During the spring of 2018, contestants submitted recordings of their work and a panel of judges selected eight finalists to compete in a public performance.
During the final round on July 29, jurors will designate three top prizewinners and the audience will select an audience choice award winner. In addition to a cash prize, the first-prize winner will receive the opportunity to perform a complete concerto or a comparable work with conductor Gerard Schwarz and the Eastern Festival Orchestra during the 2019 season of An Appalachian Summer Festival. Eva Wetzel, first place prize winner of the 2017 Rosen-Schaffel Competition, will perform with the Eastern Festival Orchestra on Sunday, July 15 at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts.
This year's competition jurors are Gerard Schwarz with the Eastern Festival Orchestra, Robert Moody with the Winston-Salem Symphony, Roger Kalia with the Pacific Symphony, and Jacomo Bairos with the Amarillo Symphony.