Since 1992, the Music Guild of New Mexico (MGNM), formerly known as the New Mexico Symphony Guild (NMSG), held an annual concerto competition for young musicians in our state. This event is named for Jackie McGehee, a long-time NMSG/MGNM member and past president of the NMSG, who spearheaded and underwrote the event at its beginning and continues to underwrite the program. This event has become one of the premier competitions in the state and provides monetary awards for the winners and opportunities to perform with a professional orchestra. In 2009, this event was renamed the Music Guild's Jackie McGehee Young Artists' Competition for Piano and Strings to reflect an expansion of its musical scope. We are very pleased to note that, since its inception, many nationally known musicians have traveled to Albuquerque from all over the U.S. to adjudicate this competition.
The competition is open to New Mexico students aged 10, at the time of application, through 21. Applications for the competition are accepted annually. They are posted to this site and distributed to music teachers in mid-late August of each year and the deadline for submission is in early December. Acceptance notifications are mailed in January, and the competition is held each February at Robertson and Sons Violin Shop Recital Hall in Albuquerque.
The first-place winner in each division receives a generous cash award plus a solo performance with the New Mexico Philharmonic. Second- and third-place winners also receive cash awards and possible performance opportunities.
We encourage all talented high school-aged musicians in New Mexico to apply for participation in the JMYAC. We welcome all MGNM members, teachers, students, families, and friends to enjoy these wonderful performances and share in the festivities of the day. It is an event not to be missed and one that makes us all proud of the talent of future generations of classical musicians.
For additional information or to volunteer, please visit our contact page and select Jackie McGehee Young Artists' Competition as the subject of your message.