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Concerto Competition Concert

May 17, 2014

Wakefield High School
4901 S. Chesterfield Road
Arlington, Va. 22206

Since 2001, the United States Navy Band has been proud to host and present the High School Concerto Competition.  This annual competition is an opportunity for talented musicians to perform with the Navy Concert Band.  Encouraging young musicians is one of the Navy Band's education objectives, and the High School Concerto Competition provides an opportunity to work closely and feature some of the most dedicated students.  

Each year, interested students submit audio recordings for consideration in the preliminary round.  These recordings serve as the best representation of the students' playing.  After the Navy Band receives and evaluates the recordings, a select number of finalists are invited to the historic Washington Navy Yard to audition in person.  From this select group, the committee chooses a winner to perform with the Concert Band.  The winner rehearses with the band at the dress rehearsal and subsequently performs in concert.  The Concerto Competition concert is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year for both the Navy Band and National Capital Region audiences.

While the Navy Band is pleased to motivate and reward young musicians, the High School Concerto Competition is often more than a platform for students seeking a future in music.  While many past winners have gone on to pursue music professionally, a number of competition winners have pursued education and careers in fields as diverse as biology, physics and engineering.  The Navy Band considers it a pleasure to work with and inspire some of the leading minds of tomorrow.

2013 Concerto Competition Winner

Joshua Lauretig

Arianna Beyer, a senior instrumental music major at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (DASOTA) in Jacksonville, Florida, is a student of Dr. Lynn Musco, the Professor of Clarinet at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. Arianna has earned many distinguished honors, including being named: 2013 winner of the state-wide First Coast Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition for High School Musicians, 2013 Emerson Scholar (full $7,860 tuition paid scholarship) for 6 weeks of intensive study playing clarinet in the orchestra program at Interlochen Center for the Arts, 2013 YoungArts Honorable Mention Winner, 2011 and 2012 First Place Clarinet Winner and the 2012 Overall Winner for the John Philip Sousa National Young Artists’ Solo Competition, 1st Runner Up in the U.S. Air Force Band’s 2013 Colonel George S. Howard Young Artist Competition, 4th place finalist in the 2012 U.S. Navy High School Concerto Competition, 2012 junior finalist and 2013 1st Runner Up in the Ocala Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Solo Competition, finalist in the 2013 Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, and placement into the prestigious Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) All-State Bands/Orchestras and Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA) District Bands for each of the last 7 years, where she was furthered honored to be appointed Principle/Concert Mistress 7 times. In addition, Arianna earned the 1st Tenor/Soloist chair for 2013 Florida State University Tri-State (Florida, Georgia, Alabama) Honors Jazz Ensemble.

Arianna is the current principal clarinet of the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra Philharmonic. She commutes 2 hours from her home in Mount Dora to Jacksonville for the privilege of attending “the #1 high school music department in the country” as declared by the National Grammy Foundation when they awarded its top distinction, “The 2012 National Grammy Signature School,” to DASOTA in 2012, an honor they also received in 2010. In addition to her leadership roles as principal clarinet in the DASOTA Wind Symphony and DASOTA clarinet section leader, Arianna is the 1st/Solo Tenor Saxophonist in the award-winning DASOTA Jazz Ensemble One, where her talents on flute and clarinet are also put to use. Her roles also include performing the Reed 3 (flute, clarinet, and bass clarinet) part in the DASOTA Pit Orchestra. Before transferring to DASOTA, Arianna attended Tavares High School near her home where she earned the position of Drum Major of the 100+ member Marching Band in her freshman year and went on in her sophomore year to receive the highest marks for leadership and skill at high school marching competitions around the state.

Arianna has attended many music camps in Florida and around the country, including Interlochen, where she was a distinguished member of the 2011 World Youth Wind Symphony and anticipates a world-class experience with the 2013 World Youth Symphony Orchestra. She attended the collegiate level 2012 Buffet Summer Clarinet Academy where she studied privately with world class clarinet Masters including Stanley Drucker (New York Philharmonic, retired) and Dan Gilbert (University of Michigan). A positive role model and mentor, Arianna teaches aspiring young clarinet students in her private studio and tutors her peers in upper level high school math and science classes as well as college algebra. In addition, Arianna is an exemplary honor student, having been ranked #1 in her class every year since 6th grade, while maintaining memberships in the music and academic honor societies of Tri-M and National Honor Society.

*You may listen to performances by Arianna and get all the latest news at her website:

Concerto Competition Process

To be considered, eligible students should submit a high quality compact disc recording of the required piece of their choice from the repertoire list with accompaniment. The performance should be a complete and unedited version of the piece. The CD must be clearly marked with the applicant’s name, instrument, and the name of the piece. Recordings will not be returned.


Students should complete and return the enclosed application form with their CD in one package via UPS or FedEx ONLY. Do no use the US Postal Service to send materials. Send complete materials to the following address:


Navy Band High School Concerto Competition
ATTN: MUC Christina Bayes, Competition Coordinator
617 Warrington, Ave., S.E.

Washington Navy Yard, D.C. 20374-5054


Materials must be received by March 7, 2014. Finalists will be notified on March 17 and will be invited to perform in the final round of the competition in Washington, D.C. on April 12th at 11am. Each finalist must provide an accompanist for the final round; all expenses incurred are the applicant’s responsibility.


The winner will prepare his or her solo with the Navy Band at the dress rehearsal on May 16th at 10am. The concert will be on May 17th at Wakefield High School in Arlington, VA at 7:30pm.  Selected finalists will also be invited to prepare and perform an ensemble selection for the concert.  The winner will receive The Ambassador Middendorf Young Artist Award of $1000. In addition, the National Capital Council Navy League of the United States has generously donated awards of $250 and $150 for second and third prizes.

The Navy Band hopes that either you, or your qualified students apply for this opportunity to perform with one of the nation’s finest concert bands.  It will be our pleasure to share the stage with these dedicated and talented young musicians.




Past Winners


Joshua Lauretig,


Beachwood High School, Cleveland, Ohio


Dominic Favia,


Oakton High School, Vienna, Va.


Andrew Eshbach,


Fairfax High School, Fairfax, Va.


Rebekah Carpio,


James Madison High School, Vienna, Va.


Chao Xue,


Montgomery Blair High School , Wheaton, Md.


Ashley Kong


Oakton High School, Oakton, Va.


Xavier Verna,


Thomas Edison High School, Alexandria, Va.


Joy Fraser,


Altholton High School, Columbia, Md.


Samuel Funkhouser,


Central High School, Woodstock, Va.


Alicia Murai,


Loch Raven High School, Towson, Md.


Giancarlo Garcia ,


McLean High School, McLean, Va.


Alicia Murai,


Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, Va.


Stephen Secules ,


Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Greenbelt, Md.

Applicaton Form


Navy Band Concerto Competition Application Form















Repertoire List


Navy Band Concerto Competition Required Solo List
















For more information, contact the Concerto Competition Coordinator via e-mail at