The Carol Jackson Concerto Competition
Live on January 28, 2018 at 2 PM in The Windmill Library Performing Arts Center
The Las Vegas Young Artists Orchestra will host its 3rd Annual Carol Jackson Concerto Competition on January 28, 2018. Recently renamed after the late Carol Jackson, the competition is open to all students in Southern Nevada regardless of LVYAO affiliation. Young musicians up to the age of 22 are invited to apply for a chance to win cash prizes and the opportunity to perform with the Las Vegas Young Artists Orchestra Symphony. Up to $1,000 will be awarded.
Application Deadline: Sunday, January 21, 2018.
Preliminaries: Saturday, January 27, 2018.
Live Competition: Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 2 PM
Competition Rules are located below the application form
Application Deadline: January 21, 2018
Please send application fee’s via mail to:
Las Vegas Young Artists Orchestra
attn: Concerto Competition
1096 Bradley Bay Ave.
Henderson, NV 89014
$50 – YAO Students
$75 – Non-YAO Students
Carol Lyn Jackson was an accomplished musician who moved to Las Vegas in 1978, after graduating from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Violin Performance. She played with all of the symphonic organizations in the Las Vegas area and was the first Concertmaster of the Las Vegas Philharmonic from its founding in 1998 through the 1999-2000 season. Carol also played for all of the major headline entertainers who visited Las Vegas and served as the Concertmaster for Diana Ross and Wayne Newton. Carol was an outstanding music educator with assignments throughout the Clark County School District. She began her teaching career in 1988 with orchestra classes at Fay Herron , Lois Craig, and C.C. Ronnow Elementary Schools; Burkholder, Brown, and Johnson Middle Schools; and Basic and Cimarron Memorial High Schools before finishing her last 12 years creating and maintaining the award-winning orchestra program at the Las Vegas Academy for International Studies and Performing Arts. She impacted the musical education of thousands of students with 90% of her graduating music students receiving scholarships to major universities, colleges, and conservatories. Carol tragically passed away on October 2, 2005, leaving behind her husband, Edward; daughter, Lauren; and son, Scott.
Her personal and ensemble awards included:
- String Quartet Finalist in the International Coleman Chamber Music Festival Competition
- Taught CCSD In-Service: “How to Teach String Positions and Vibrato in the Public School Orchestra”
- Straight Superior Ratings at CCSD and Regional Music Festivals
- Guest Speaker for the American String Teachers’ Association Workshop
- Served on Standards Committee for Musical Instruments and Equipment
- Burkholder Middle School Teacher of the Year
- Las Vegas Academy Outstanding Music Teacher Award
- A Grammy Signature Schools “Gold Award Recipient” from 1999 until her passing in 2005
- Nevada State Mini Grant Recipient
- Programs received financing from Music Performance Trust Funds of the American Federation of Musicians
- S.O.N.G. Grant Recipient
- Coordinator and Host for the ASTA String Quartet Festival
- Students consistently selected for Command Performances at the Nevada All-State Convention
- Best in Class Awards at regional music festivals: Music in the Parks, Heritage Festivals, and Ovation Festivals
- Staff member and Orchestra Director for Nevada Ambassadors of Music, European Tour
- President/Musician/Contractor for Ambience Music, Inc.
- Violinist with the El Salvador National Symphony Orchestra in San Salvador, El Salvador
- LVA Symphonic String Performance at the Nevada All-State Convention
- LVA Symphony Strings performance at the 2003 Midwest Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, Illinois
- LVA Symphony Strings performance at the 1998 Music Educator’s National Conference in Phoenix, Arizona
- LVA Symphony Strings performance at the 2005 American String Teachers National Convention in Reno, Nevada
- At the time of her passing, Carol was scheduled to take the Symphony Strings to Salt Lake City, Utah for a performance at the 2006 Music Educator’s National Conference