SOLO COMPETITION

The 2021 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

Application Fee & Submission Deadlines:

Application Fee: $40

Application and Video Submission Deadline: May 3, 2021

 

Age Groups (age as of June 1, 2021)
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:
Competitors are required to submit a video link, by May 3, 2021 (Please see video submission guidelines below for submitting videos.) 

Winners will be announced on Monday, May 10th, 2021. The Winners Gala Concert for selected Prize Winners is on Tuesday, June 8th, 2021 at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

In order to be eligible to play at the Carnegie Hall Grand Prize Recital each contestant is required to purchase a minimum of 4 tickets at a price of $50 per ticket. 

 

Repertoire Requirements:

Competitors are to perform two works of their choice by memory from the following categories:

Piano, Strings

One musical composition from the Baroque or Classical period and one musical composition from the Romantic or Modern period.

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

 

Woodwinds* - 

One musical composition from the Baroque or Classical period and one 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(a maximum of one song per category is permitted) : 

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.

 

All applicants should upload copies of their sheet music with minimal markings for the judges in the application.

 

Each applicant will be allotted the following amount of time for the performance of both pieces:

Primary - 7 minutes

Junior 1 - 9 minutes

Junior 2 - 12 minutes

Young Artist - 15 minutes

 

Video Submission:
Only video recordings will be accepted - no audio recordings. No editing or effects may be added to the video recording. 
Confirm that your selected music meets the repertoire requirements found above. Your video should include a full performance of your chosen repertoire.
Your video should be recorded in a room with good lighting. You will not be penalized for the quality of your video, but please keep in mind that it is important that the quality is clear enough to see and hear you. Your face and instrument should be clearly visible in the video.

All pieces should be performed in one continuous take (do not create separate videos for each movement/piece).
Please be sure that the accompaniment is not louder than the applicant's playing (when applicable) and that there is no audio distortion.

Please title your video with your name and instrument, and include the program in your video description. Do not announce the pieces in your video.

Videos should be posted to YouTube - download links (Google Drive, DropBox, etc) will not be accepted. We would recommend setting your video submission to "Unlisted".

The dress code is as follows: Gentlemen – dress pants, shirt with collar, and optional blazer and tie. Ladies – dress, blouse and skirt or dress pants. No jeans, sneakers, flip-flops, or UGG boots are allowed.

Each participant is responsible to have their own accompanists.

Payment will be accepted via PayPal. Application fee is not refundable, please review guidelines carefully.

 

Judging Rules:
The decision of the jury is final.
Jury members are not allowed to judge former or current students.
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) in addition to the following awards:
Honorable Mention Award
“Promising Young Talent Award” - $150
“Best Performance of Virtuoso Piece” - $250

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