2018 Young Artists Competition:

Rules and Winners' Obligations

  1. The competition is open to pianists born after December 31, 1993. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited educational institution or home-schooled (i.e. students, primarily). If you are unsure whether your exact situation qualifies, please contact our office for clarification. Previous FIRST PLACE winners may not reapply.
  2. The competition consists of two rounds: a recorded round (Round 1, CD music disc) and a live competition (Round 2) of up to 12 finalists selected from Round 1.
  3. The CD-submitted recorded piece, which needs to include all movements, must be one for which orchestral parts are generally available. The Round 2 piece need not be the same as the recorded piece but must meet the same requirements. (See Round 1 and Round 2 pages for more details.)
  4. Memorization of the entire piece is required for the Round 2 live competition and concert.
  5. Finalists for the live competition are responsible for their own travel expenses. Lodging and meals may be available with local host families on request. Contact info@jeffsymphony.org for details.
  6. Award Recipients (First, Second and Third Place) — with accompanists — are required to perform their piece at a public recital on the evening of the live competition – January 6, 2018.
  7. The First Place Winner will be required to perform a 30-minute recital (performer’s choice of repertoire) for a fund-raiser event on the Friday preceding the award winner's concert (Friday, March 23, 2018, 7 PM).
  8. The First Place Winner will appear as soloist with the Jefferson Symphony Orchestra on that Sunday (March 25, 4 PM). In addition:
    1. The First Place Winner must play the same piece used to win the competition in Round 2.
    2. The First Place Winner is required to attend the Wednesday evening orchestra rehearsal and the Friday evening dress rehearsal prior to the concert performance.
    3. Travel costs are the responsibility of the award winner.
  9. Entry in the competition constitutes the entrant’s authorization to use his or her name, photograph and biographical information for publicity purposes. Recording of the concert performance becomes the property of the Jefferson Symphony.

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