COMPETITION GUIDELINES

Requirement for Teachers: To enter students in the EVMTA Piano Competition, each teacher needs to participate with his/her studio in at least one of the following EVMTA events: Music Showcase (October), Composer Celebration Concert (December), or Piano Ensemble (January/February). Participating students do not have to be the same students who will be enrolled at the competition. Please check the EVMTA yearbook for the information and application deadlines for those events.

Competition DateSaturday, March 6, 2021 (individual times TBA following receipt of all applications)

Winners’ Recital and Award Ceremony: TBD

Location: Due to concerns of COVID-19, the event will be conducted via YouTube

Required Repertoire: Two pieces, performed from memory, one from each category:
1. Baroque or Classical
2. Romantic or Impressionistic or Contemporary

Application Postmark Deadline: Tuesday, February 23, 2021. Fully completed forms greatly assist those who administer the competition. Late, incomplete, or illegible applications will be returned. Entries not on the official competition form will be returned for correction.

Video and Score Submission Deadline: Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Students will need to submit PDF files (or online links) of their scores, along with the videos of their performances. Instructions will be sent to teachers in January.

Application Fees:  Send the application forms with only one check for the entire studio, payable to EVMTA.

Categories A & B $25.00
Categories C & D $30.00
Categories E & F $35.00

Awards:

  • Gold medal – one winner only
  • Silver Medal – up to two winners
  • Bronze Medal – up to three winners
  • Honorable Mention – awarded at the discretion of the judges

Winners of each category will receive a medal and cash awards. Up to $1,700.00 will be distributed among the winners, based on the number of awards. Honorable mentions will not receive cash awards.

Required age and time allotment for each Category:

Category A — Ages 7 & under — 6 minutes
Category B — Ages 8 & 9 — 8 minutes
Category C — Ages 10 & 11 — 10 minutes
Category D — Ages 12 & 13 — 12 minutes
Category E — Ages 14 & 15 — 15 minutes
Category F — Ages 16‐18 — 20 minutes

Entrants may not exceed the prescribed time limit. Performances exceeding the specified time limits may be stopped at the judges’ discretion, and exceeding the time limit may result in disqualification. Students may choose to compete in a higher category than their appropriate age. First place winners from the previous competition are ineligible to compete in the same age category again, but they may compete in higher-age categories.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Video Submission Rules:

  • The video for competition purposes can NOT be made earlier than 2 weeks prior to the competition.
  • The video must be recorded in one take and must NOT involve any audio or visual editing. The two pieces should be performed back to back.
  • Recordings made with a professional camcorder and microphones are highly recommended. The use of iPhones or similar quality devices that reproduce good quality sound is also acceptable.
  • Submissions must NOT be publicized before the competition results are announced.
  • Only recordings made on acoustic pianos (upright or grand) are accepted. The competitor’s face, hands, and feet must be clearly visible in the video at all times.
  • Include composers and full titles of the pieces (opus, catalog numbers, etc.) in the description of the video on YouTube. Do NOT include the name of the performer or teacher.
  • No speaking and warm-up are allowed in the video.
  • To ensure the quality and consistency of the videos among entrants, set up the camera from the audience’s perspective, limit background noise, and make sure the performance space is well lit.
  • Record the video first, then upload it to YouTube under “unlisted” option. Recording within the YouTube app may cause compression of the file and reduced sound quality.
  • Send the YouTube link with the complete information of the performer, teacher and a digital copy of the scores in a single email to ntahbaz@asu.edu by Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (A form will be provided prior to the registration deadline.)

Repertoire Requirements: Two memorized pieces are to be presented. One work must be from the Baroque or Classical period, and the other from the Romantic through Contemporary periods. Multiple movements of a work may be entered as one selection. Original compositions by composers of renown are preferred. Transcriptions by acclaimed composers (such as Liszt or Rachmaninoff) may be allowed, but they need prior approval by the chair to secure artistic level of the program. Pieces from method books are not allowed unless they are written by renowned composers. Students with PDF scores downloaded from the Internet need to have permission to use this music (please contact the chairperson). No photocopies from published books are allowed. All scores must be checked by the competition monitor prior to the entrant’s performance. Measures must be numbered at the beginning of each line. No changes in repertoire are allowed after the application deadline. All questions concerning appropriateness of the chosen repertoire may be directed to the chairperson at ntahbaz@asu.edu.

Competition: Entrants will perform for a panel of three judges. It is left to the discretion of the judges to make decisions on the awards. Decisions of the judges are final and may not be challenged. Chairperson(s) of the competition may enter students, but judges of the competition may not enter students.

Teachers’ and Students’ Responsibilities: Each teacher must abide by all requirements and deadlines. Non-compliance will result in disqualification. A completed full-page application should be submitted for each student entered. One completed copy of the Teacher Participation Form should also accompany entries from each studio. Participating teachers, students, and their parents should respect the judges and organizers of the competition and allow the competition to run smoothly. If there are any complaints, they can be delivered in a written form. Participating teachers are expected to volunteer their time to the competition or send a substitute volunteer if they are not available. They will receive a sign-up form for volunteering from the chair prior to the competition.

Teachers must not identify themselves, nor their students, to the judges at any time. Doing so will result in disqualification for that student. If necessary, on-stage setting up or adjusting for the student prior to performance may be done only by the room monitor or the chairperson. Names of the teacher and/or the student must not be found on the music. All such identifying marks must be completely covered. Each student’s audition number should be attached to each piece of music. Teachers should remind students to provide the proof-of-age requirement and ensure they bring proper documentation to the competition. Each student entered must have studied with the current teacher entering him/her for at least six months prior to the competition. Students are expected to dress conservatively and appropriately for both competition and recital and to conduct themselves at all times in a professional manner.

For any questions or more information, please send an email to ntahbaz@asu.edu