First Coast Wind Ensemble

2014 Concerto Competition for High School Musicians

Concerto competitionThe First Coast Wind Ensemble and Jacksonville University are pleased to announce the FCWE 2014 Concerto Competition for High School Musicians. This young artist event is designed to promote music education in Florida by providing talented students an opportunity to perform a solo work with a wind ensemble. The winner will be chosen through a competitive audition process and will perform with the First Coast Wind Ensemble in concert on April 27, 2014 at Jacksonville University. The winner will receive a $1,000.00 cash award from the First Coast Wind Ensemble.

The concerto competition is open to Florida high school musicians (grades 9-12) who play woodwind, brass or percussion instruments. The student must reside in the state of Florida.

Application and Repertoire List
Application form, guidelines and repertoire list are available here:

Important Dates
March 1 - Application packet due
March 22 - Competition Finals held at Jacksonville University
April 27 - Winner will perform with the First Coast Wind Ensemble and receive a $1,000.00 cash award.

Contact for more Information
William McNeiland, Chair, Concerto Competition Committee

2013 Concerto Competition

The winner of the 2013 Concerto Competition was clarinetist Arianna Beyer. Arianna performed Carl Maria von Weber’s Concertino, Opus 26 and received a cash prize of $1,000.00 from the FCWE made available by the generous contribution of David and Elizabeth Kiebler. She is from Mount Dora, Florida and attends school at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville.

The other finalists were very talented and deserve recognition: runner-up Diego Hernandez, clarinet, from Tallahassee (Rickards HS); Nicholas Elliott, trumpet, from Middleburg (Oakleaf HS); Brandon Lutchmie-Maharaj, horn, from Davenport (Ridge Community HS); and Charis Middleton, clarinet, from Jacksonville Beach (Fletcher HS).

The First Coast Wind Ensemble is committed to supporting music education in Florida schools.

Conductor Artie Clifton and 2013 Concerto winner Arianna Beyer

conductor artie clifton and concerto winnre hannah fell

David and Liz Kiebler Concerto Donors.

David and Liz Kiebler Concerto Donors

Arianna Beyer in FCWE Concert

Arianna Beyer in FCWE Concert