1. Maine Music Teachers Association
Biennial Pine Tree Piano Competition for Pianists in Grades 1-12
Gould Academy, 39 Church Street, Bethel, Maine
Saturday May 2, 2015
online application form is available at www.mainemusicteachers.org
2. Young Stars of Maine Prize Program 2015
Bay Chamber Concerts, 18 Central Street, PO Box 599, Rockport, ME 04856
For more than 50 years, Bay Chamber Concerts has awarded prizes to recognize, encourage, and reward young Maine music students who are serious in their study and performance of music. Prizes of $1,000, in each of eight performance categories, will be awarded to individuals and ensembles ages 11-25. This prize program is open to the public, and all young Maine music students are encouraged to apply.
The Young Stars of Maine Prize Program prize categories are:
The Eleanor Erdman and Diane Nixon Vocal Excellence Prize of $1000 Open to solo vocalists. Age minimum: 12 years old, Age maximum: 25 years old.
The A. H. Chatfield, Jr. Piano Prize of $1000 Open to solo pianist. Age minimum: 14 years old, Age maximum: 22 years old.
Summer Music Prize for Cello of $1000 Open to solo cellists. Age minimum: 15 years old, Age maximum: 24 years old.
The Jean and Harvey Picker Senior Prize of $1000 Instrumental or vocal, solo. Age minimum: 18 years old, Age maximum: 22 years old.
The Elsie Bixler Junior Prize of $1000 Instrumental, solo. Age minimum: 12 years old, Age maximum: 17 years old.
Ezra Rachlin Prize for Excellence of $1000 Instrumental or vocal, solo. Age minimum: 16 years old, Age maximum: 25 years old.
The Nathan E. Corning Jazz Prize of $1000 Instrumental or vocal, solo or group*. Age minimum: 15 years old, Age maximum: 23 years old.
The Kathie Johnson Chamber Music Prize of $1000 Instrumental, group of 3-8 players* (shared prize). Age maximum: 23 years old.
*Members of any ensemble must be from Maine; each group is limited to one non-Maine member. For more information about Young Stars of Maine 2014, please call 207-236-2823 or visit www.baychamberconcerts.org.
3. The Steinway Society of Massachusetts Piano Competition 2015
PIANO COMPETITION DIVISIONS Steinway Society of Massachusetts’ 2015 Piano Competition will consist of five divisions. All divisions will compete at M. Steinert & Sons’ Boston location at 162 Boylston Street. All entrants must compete in the division corresponding to their current grade level.
Division 1 (Grades 3-4) Application Fee: $70 Audition Requirements: 2 pieces of contrasting styles for a maximum of 5 minutes
Division 2 (Grades 5-6) Application Fee: $70 Audition Requirements: 2 pieces of contrasting styles for a maximum of 7 minutes
Division 3 (Grades 7-8) Application Fee: $70 Audition Requirements: 2 pieces of contrasting styles for a maximum of 10 minutes
Division 4 (Grades 9-10) Application Fee: $75 Audition Requirements: 2 pieces of contrasting styles for a maximum of 12 minutes
Division 5 (Grades 11-12) Application Fee: $80 Audition Requirements: 2 pieces of contrasting styles for a maximum of 15 minutes All competitors will receive comment forms from the judges. Prize winners will be featured in various performances in the Boston area, in venues such as Symphony Hall and Steinert Hall.
4. Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ Scholarship Auditions
FOKO P.O. Box 7455 Portland, ME 04112
ELIGIBILITY: Any student of the organ, piano, orchestral instrument or voice who is a resident of greater Portland, including Portland, South Portland, Scarborough, Westbrook, Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, Gorham and Cumberland and who is between the ages of 10-18 (grades 4-12) and 19-25.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must submit the following:
1. Completed Scholarship Application form properly authenticated.
2. Selections listed should include standard solo repertoire and should represent two contrasting musical styles. Performance of the entire composition in multi-movement works is not required; however, an entire movement must be presented. The performance should be approximately 12 minutes in length. Voice applicants should submit at least three songs and should include at least two languages.
3. A letter of recommendation from the student’s private instructor, school music teacher, or from any member of a musical society within the greater Portland area.
4. A written list of solo repertoire indicating works studied and/or performed during the past year.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications will be reviewed and applicants will be contacted as to the time and location of their audition. Participants must provide their own accompanists. An applicant’s private music instructor may not accompany the applicant. An original score plus 2 copies of each selection must be provided for the committee. AWARD: Up to $2,000 will be shared among the applicants chosen by the Scholarship Awards Committee based on the following criteria: Musicianship, age appropriate technical skill level, musicality and deportment. The amount of the award(s) and the number of recipients selected will be at the discretion of the Scholarship Awards Committee. Decisions of the Scholarship Awards Committee are final. Auditions will be closed.
5. From the Top Radio Show and the Jack Kent Cook Young Artist Award
From the Top seeks young musicians to feature on a NPR radio program and national arts leadership program.
- Perform before a live and national radio audience.
- Join fellow young musicians in an arts leadership orientation workshop to think about how you can make a difference in the world with your music and abilities.
- Young musicians with financial need can apply for From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award.
- Opportunities to perform at school visits, non-traditional “pop-up” performances, and private events.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS You are eligible if you:
• Are between the ages of 8–18 and have not enrolled in a college or conservatory.
• Live in or have a significant training connection to the US. We feature: • Solo instrumentalists • Vocalists • Composers • Small ensembles (8 members or fewer)
• Large ensembles (9 members or more) From the Top’s primary focus is to present music from the western classical tradition. However, we occasionally present music from other non-pop genres including folk music, world music, spirituals, and acoustic or piano jazz.
Learn more in our FAQs.
SENIORS: We encourage you to apply as early as possible – at the latest by March 1. We will still review your application if you submit it later, but given our rolling admissions system and limited slots, your chances of being selected for an appearance on From the Top are greater the earlier you apply.
6. Music Teachers National Association Competitions
2014–2015 General Competitions Guidelines ***ATTENTION*** Application deadline is 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on September 10, 2014. To enter students at the member teacher rate, teachers must renew their membership before a student begins the competition application. Students will be assessed a $150 nonmember teacher fee if the membership is not paid for the 2014–2015 membership year. NEW THIS YEAR: Computer-generated scores and MIDI files will be required for the Composition Competitions.
Competitions Elementary (Composition Only) Age: 5–10 as of January 1, 2015
Junior Age: 11–14 as of January 1, 2015 Competitions: Composition, Piano, String and Woodwind Performance Entry Fee: $80 Composition Entry Fee: $70
Senior Age: 15–18 as of January 1, 2015 Competitions: Composition, Brass, Piano, String, Voice and Woodwind Piano Duet (one piano/four hands) Age: 11–18 as of January 1, 2015, with at least one student age 15–18. Performance Entry Fee: $110 Composition Entry Fee: $100
Young Artist Age: 19–26 as of January 1, 2015 Competitions: Composition, Brass, Piano, String, Voice and Woodwind Performance Entry Fee: $120 Composition Entry Fee: $100 Chamber Music (3–6 performers) Age: average age of ensemble members must be 18–26 as of January 1, 2015 Competitions: String and Wind Entry Fee: $120 for each ensemble The National Finals of the competitions are scheduled for March 21–25, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.