SOLO COMPETITION

The 2020 Suzanne Culley Competition, a high quality music event for participants of many levels, is presented by the Stamford Music & Arts Academy and is supported by the Suzanne Culley charity organization.

Solo Competition Rules and Regulations:

 

Categories
Piano
Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Harp & Guitar)
Woodwinds (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone)
Voice

Composition

Application Fee & Submission Deadlines

Application Fee: $80

Application Deadline: May 1, 2020

Online Video Submission Deadline: May 1, 2020

 

Age Groups (age as of June 1, 2020)
Primary - Up to 9
Junior 1 - 10 - 12
Junior 2 - 13 - 15
Young Artist - 16 - 18

Each student that enters the Solo Competition must submit a copy of a proof of age document at the time of registration. (A copy of a birth certificate or passport is acceptable)

Competition Dates:
For the preliminary round competitors are required to submit a video link, due May 1, 2020 (Please see video submission guidelines below for submitting videos.) The Final Round is a live performance on Sunday June 7, 2020 at Stamford Music & Arts Academy 198 Lawn Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902. 

The Winners Gala Concert and Reception for selected Prize Winners is on Thursday, June 11th, 2020 at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

In order to be eligible to play at the Carnegie Hall Grand Prize Recital each contestant is require to purchase minimum of 4 tickets at a price of $50 per ticket. All contestants accepted to the live audition will be required to make a deposit for these tickets before performing at the live audition round. After the live audition, if the contestant is not selected to play at the Carnegie Hall Grand Prize Recital all ticket money deposits will be returned.

 

Repertoire Requirements:

For the preliminary (Video) round competitors are to perform two works of their choice by memory:

Piano, Strings -

Any musical composition from the Baroque or Classical period

Any musical composition from the Romantic or Modern period

Arrangements, simplified or modified editions, and popular music will not be accepted.

 

Woodwinds* - 

Any musical composition from the Baroque or Classical period

Any musical composition from the Romantic or Modern period

Arrangements, simplified or modified editions, and popular music will not be accepted, with exception for the Primary category, in which arrangements will be approved on a case by case basis.

 

*Transcriptions will be allowed for instruments which do not have a significant body of work in one or either period. All transcriptions must be directly taken from the original as much as is reasonably possible. For any questions please contact Joseph Proud, Wind Division Judge, at proud.m.joseph@gmail.com

 

Voice - 

The participant may choose two songs from the following categories: 

Opera Aria

Classical repertoire (Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Contemporary Periods)

Folk/Traditional

Broadway/Musical Theatre/Jazz

Arrangements, simplified or modified editions, and popular music will not be accepted.

 

For the final round competitors will perform the same two compositions from the preliminary round in front of the judges.

 

Please provide one original score for the jury. If a competitor requires one of our accompanists, they are responsible to provide a clean double-sided score.

 

At the Final Round performers must perform within the time limits described below. The competitor will be asked to stop at the end of their allotted time without penalty. Time limits for the final round are as follows:

Primary - 7 minutes

Junior 1 - 9 minutes

Junior 2 - 12 minutes

Young Artist - 15 minutes

 

Preliminary Round:
Video Submission
Confirm that your selected music meets the repertoire requirements found above
Your video should be recorded in a room with good lighting
Your face and instrument should be clearly visible in the video
Your video should include a full performance of your chosen repertoire
Both repertoire selections for the preliminary round must be submitted with a single video link

To submit your video, upload your complete performance of both works to YouTube.

 

Judging Rules:
The decision of the jury is final.
Jury members are not allowed to judge former or current students.
Competitors and parents are not permitted to speak to judges during the competition. Breaking this rule may lead to disqualification by the competitor.
The Suzanne Culley Music Competition respects diversity and the competition does not discriminate based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, or political association.

 

Awards and Prizes:
1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Medals, Certificates and a total of $3,000 in Cash Prizes will be awarded to competitors with the highest marks in each instrumental category (Piano, Strings, Winds & Voice) as follows:
Honorable Mention Award
“Promising Young Talent Award” - $150
“Best Performance of Virtuoso Piece” - $250

 

Piano Accompanists:
Some instrumentalists and vocalists may require a piano accompanist for their performances in the 2020 Suzanne Culley Music Festival and Competition.

If you would like to use our accompanist, please let us know. Rates are $60 per one hour rehearsal; $25 performance at the competition or winners recital; $50 performance at Carnegie Hall. Alternatively, competitors are allowed to use their own accompanist.

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