Because of the coronavirus outbreak, all public events are postponed/cancelled through April 30.
We understand how frustrating this can be for all contestants as they've been preparing for this event for many hours. The Suzanne Culley Festival committee decided to move the Festival to online auditions. All contestants are welcome to submit videos of their performances via e-mail at to us before Sunday, April 5. Our judges will listen to all performances and announce the results on Monday, April 6. Certificates of participation will be mailed to all participants. Trophies can be picked up from our office anytime after May 30 at 198 Lawn Ave, Stamford CT 06902.
The 2020 Suzanne Culley Music Festival is presented by the Stamford Music & Arts Academy and is supported by the Suzanne Culley charity organization.
Suzanne Culley Festival Rules and Regulations:
Students who participate in 2020 Suzanne Culley Solo Competition are not eligible to enter this event!
Piano, Piano Duet
Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Harp & Guitar)
Woodwinds (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone)
Age Groups (age as of April 1, 2020)
Group 1: 5 – 6 yo
Group 2: 7 – 8 yo
Group 3: 9 – 10 yo
Group 4: 11 – 12 yo
Group 5: 13 – 14 yo
Group 6: 15 – 16 yo
Group 7: 17 – 18 yo
Application Fee & Submission Deadlines:
Application Fee: $40 per applicant and $60 per group
Application Deadline: March 6, 2020
One selection of contestant’s choice from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Modern Period. All music should be performed from memory.
Chamber Ensembles and Piano Duets may use music. Arrangements are welcome!
The decision of the jury is final.
Jury members are not allowed to judge former or current students.
The Suzanne Culley Music Festival respects diversity and the festival does not discriminate based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, or political association.
Awards and Prizes:
1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Trophies will be awarded to participants with the highest marks in each instrumental category (Piano, Piano Duets, Strings, Winds, Voice and Chamber Ensemble).
Some instrumentalists and vocalists may require a piano accompanist for their performances in the 2020 Suzanne Culley Music Festival. If you would like to use our accompanist, please let us know. Rates are $50 per one hour rehearsal, $20 performance fee.
Alternatively, competitors are allowed to use their own accompanist.