This competition commemorates the significant influence of the renowned artist-teacher, Sidney Forrest (1918–2013), who taught clarinet to hundreds of students nationally and internationally while teaching at the Peabody Conservatory for 40 years, Interlochen Center for the Arts for 45 years, and the Catholic University of America for 50 years.
Location and Eligibility
This competition will be held at the University of Maryland Clarinet Symposium at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, MD on April 14, 2019. The competition is open to all clarinetists, ages 14-20. Former winners may not reapply until three years have passed.
Grand Prize $750
2nd Prize: $250
3rd Prize: 5 boxes of DiLutis Clarinet Reeds
All finalists will earn certificates.
Application Package Deadline –
Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Application Package Materials –
Application Form, Fee–$25, YouTube Video Recording
Video Audition & Competition Piece:
Saint-Saens Sonata - Movements 1 and 2
May be performed with or without accompaniment for the video. The performance will be with an accompanist.
For details on sending your video audition, please click on the "APPLY" page for instructions.
The Sidney Forrest Clarinet Competition was established in 2015 by Paula Forrest, in memory of her father. Ms. Forrest lives in Ames, Iowa and is active as a pianist, teacher, and artistic director of the Ames Town and Gown Chamber Music Association.
The competition will be hosted by the University of Maryland’s Clarinet Professor, Robert DiLutis, as a major event during the Clarinet Symposium on the University of Maryland campus.
Sidney Forrest’s vast collection of music for clarinet has been donated to the library of the International Clarinet Association, located in the Music Department’s Special Collections Library at the University of Maryland. We look forward to the collection being available shortly.