Ventura College Community Symphony to Sponsor Violin Competition
Event Supported by Schwab Family Charitable Trust
Trina Boman
Trina Boman

Applications are now being accepted for the second year of the Henry Schwab Ventura County Violin Competition. The competition is open to young violinists up to the age of 25. Sponsored by a grant from the Henry and Miriam Schwab Family Charitable Trust, the competition seeks to encourage young violinists and help them with their education. $3,000 in prize money is awarded to the contestants who compete in two events. First, a preliminary audition will be held January 24, 2009 in order to select four finalists. The finalists will compete on May 24, 2009, by playing a concerto with the Ventura College Symphony. The public is invited to the May competition. The 2008 winner was then-16 year old Trina Bowman of Thousand Oaks.

For further information or to request an application, call 805-525-0144.

Background on Henry Schwab: The event, the Henry Schwab Ventura County Violin Competition, honors Henry Schwab, who began violin study in New York at a young age. His talent prompted his parents to send him to Europe in 1924 to continue his training. He studied in Vienna, graduating with highest honors. His study continued in Berlin with the world-famous professor Carl Flesch and later with the Russian virtuoso, Spiwakowsky. He studied in Paris under French master Jacques Thibaud. After taking a degree from Normale de Musique, he returned to the United States for a brilliant career as a concert violinist, concertmaster, teacher and collector of instruments. Maestro Schwab passed away at the age of 100 in 2006, and his wife Miriam has established this competition in his memory.

Additional Information on the Competition: The contest has two categories: for violinists up to the age of 17, upon the recommendation of their music teacher, and for those 18 – 25, either upon the recommendation of their music instructor or enrollment in an accredited college or university. There is a $30 entrance fee. The preliminary competition is January 24. Candidates must play two selections, both from memory, for the panel of judges. Competitors must bring a score for the judges and supply their own piano accompanist. Auditions will last no longer than 20 minutes. The evaluation will include accuracy, musicianship and style. Two finalists will be selected from each category to continue in the May 24, 2009 competition. The May competition will require two rehearsals with the Symphony and a live performance that will be open to the public.

The application for the Competition is available on the College website – – under the Public Relations section of the home page in the viewer’s lower right side of the screen. The completed application should be mailed with the entry fee check to the college at Ventura College, attn: Dr. Burns Taft, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura CA 93003.

Henry Schwab Ventura County Violin Competition
Name (Print) ____________________________________________________
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Age ____________ Date of Birth _____________________________________
Name of Violin Teacher ______________________________
High School/ College ____________________________________
Selections to be played at the Preliminary Audition
1) Classical Selection: ____________________________________________________________
2) Concerto: ____________________________________________________________
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Signature __________________________________________________________
Address ________________________________________________________
City ______________________ State ___________ Zip __________________
Email _____________________________ Phone(s) ______________________
Teacher’s signature____________________________________________________
Applicant’s signature___________________________________________________
If under 21, parent’s signature is required: _________________________________
Entry fee is $30. Please make the check out to Ventura College. Mail application and entry fee (checks or money orders only) to
Ventura College
Attn: Dr. Burns Taft, Music Dept. (Violin Competition)
4667 Telegraph Road
Ventura CA 93003