Rules and Regulations

Requirements To Enter The Shostakovich School Music and Dance Open Competition


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Division - Piano

Pre-screening/First round"
One or Two Solo works that shows applicants technical proficiency and musicianship and should not exceed 5 minutes.

Semi-Final Round
First movement of a sonata/ sonatina, part of any cyclic form such as preludes& fugues, suites or a new piece from baroque, classical, romantic, modern era that was not included in pre-screening / first round.

Final Round
1-2 pieces from 1st or 2nd round picked by judges and one piece by D. Shostakovich

Division - Strings

Pre-screening/First round
One or Two Solo works that show applicants technical proficiency and musicianship and should not exceed 5 minutes. For elementary young division-music selection from Suzuki books or similar, (all pieces should be part of standard repertoire.)

Semi-Final Round
Apart of any cyclic form such as suites, concerto, sonata, etc; Or A new piece from baroque, classical, romantic,impressionistic, contemporaryperiods that was not included in pre-screening / first round

Final Round
1-2 pieces from 1st or 2ndround picked by judges

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Division - Winds

Pre-screening/First round
One or Two Solo works that shows applicants technical proficiency and musicianship and should not exceed 5 minutes.

Semi-Final Round
A new piece of the entrant’s choice that was not performed in the first round; music piece could be a jazz arrangement.

Final Round
1-2 pieces from 1st or 2nd round picked by judges

Division - Vocal

Pre-screening/First round
1-2 song(s) or aria(s) of the entrant's choice in the original language or in English translation

Semi-Final Round
1-2 Additional song(s)
From Broadway/ music theater, Jazz, Pop not included in first round

Final Round
1-2 pieces from 1st or 2nd round picked by judges;
Performance should not exceed 5 minutes

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All applicants must submit pre-screening Audio-Visual recordings to be considered for invitation to a live audition.

Each Audio-Visual recording must be in digital file that contains one or two music excerpts with hands and feet clear visible. We also except links to You Tube.

All pieces should be performed by memory and in standard arrangements.

No adaptations accepted. Applicants must present 2 sets of copies of their music pieces for the judges’ use.

Shostakovich School Competition will provide concertmasters for an additional fee as needed.

Performance should not exceed 5 minutes

How to submit audio or video audition?
A) Send us a link to your YouTube video
B) Make a CD and mail it to our mailing address
C) Put it on flash and mail it to our mailing address. Flash will be returned.

Hurry Register Now

Hurry and Register now while space is still available.  Deadline for registration is March 17st 2017.