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Instrumental Competition

Saturday, March 25, 2023


2023 Registrations are full.  Please click here to be placed on the wait list.  

The instrumental competition is open to soloists and small ensembles (duets, trios, quartets, quintets, a maximum six members in a group).

Each contestant is asked to perform two mature works of contrasting style by different composers for a total performance time not to exceed 15 minutes.

Please provide your own accompanist or you may perform with a piano-only accompaniment track.  You may download a list of local Southern Illinois accompanists from the link above.

Submission Deadline: March 18, 2023.

Judging will be complete and results published Saturday March 25, 2023.

  1. Competitors must be between the ages of twenty and thirty years old on the date of the competition.

  2. All applications require a non-refundable application fee, which must be received two weeks prior to the contest.

  3. A competitor may change their music program, as long as it stays within all other rules and is completed two weeks prior to the competition.

  4. Instrumentalists will perform 2 pieces of contrasting style by different composers no longer than 15 minutes total.

  5. We attempt to make it such that contestants will be only known to the judges only by their contestant number.

  6. No personal information (name, photographs, biographical or any other information) may be given to the judges.

  7. Contestants should bring three additional clean copies of their music, one for each judge, to the competition. The music should have the measures clearly marked and have all other notations and comments removed. Photo copied scores are allowed on the understanding that they will be destroyed after the competition.

  8. Music should be given to the monitor at the door of the performance room as the contestant enters the competition room.

  9. Conversations with the judges, unless instigated by them, are forbidden by the contestant, their teacher, parent or any other person accompanying them.

  10. Contestants are responsible for providing their own accompanist. There will be no one at the competition venue that will be able to fill in at the last minute.

Video Recording Instructions

Competitors should record their video in the spirit of a live performance. They may record their repertoire in any location with good natural acoustics, home, church, school, rehearsal room, recital hall etc.  Competitors should dress professionally, as they would for a recital or a live audition.

  • Record a separate unedited video for each of your musical selections.

  • Introduce each selection at the beginning of the video. “I will perform – Title of Composition – by – Composer – and if appropriate – from – Title of Work”. The identity of your teacher, school and region should NOT be given.

  • Your camera should record you or your ensemble from a fixed position.

  • Face forward to the camera as you would appear before adjudicators in a live audition.

  • Your video recordings should clearly show your face and most of your upper body.

  • Video recordings of solo pianists and organists should clearly show a side view of face hands and feet.

  • Videos must be recorded within 6 months of the competition date.

Upload your video to YouTube and copy and paste the link into your online entry form.  Click HERE for more specific instructions.

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