YMIC INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION GUIDELINES

GENERAL GUIDELINES

• YMIC supports the use of published musical scores.  1 original (no photo copy) score/solo part (with measures numbered) for each piece should be provided for the judges.  Entrants using photocopies or PDFs downloaded from the Internet must complete the Music Release Form verifying that they have permission to use this music.  Failure to do so may result in disqualification.

• Time limits will be strictly enforced. Despite the time limits, each movement or piece must be prepared in its entirety. Judges reserve the right to stop and listen to different sections of the repertoire. A movement will count as one piece out of however many pieces required for competition repertoire (see below for specific requirements in each category). Timing must be included on the application form.

• No changes in the repertoire can be made after the application has been submitted.
No exceptions will be made.

MEMORIZATION

Memorization is required for solo piano. Memorization is not required for Piano Ensemble, it is left to the discretion of the contestant and the private teacher.

AWARDS

  • Awards will be given within each category and division. Grand prize winner(s), first, second, and third prize winners will receive cash awards, certificates, and an opportunity to perform at a Winners’ Concert at United Korean Presbyterian Church (7009 Wilson Lane, Bethesda, MD 20817) on Sunday, 4/12/2020 at 5pm.  Honorable mention winners will not perform at a Winners’ Concert and will onlyreceive acertificate.

  • Grand prize winner(s) will be selected from the pool of 1st prize winners and  will be invited to perform at Carnegie Hall on July 3rd, 2020 at 8:00 pm.

  • Alternate grand prize winner(s) will be selected for a special performance opportunity at the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria, Washington D.C. (1621 22nd Street, NW. Washington, D.C. 20008) on Friday, April 24, 2020 at 7:00 PM.

OTHER INFORMATION

  •  This is a closed competition.  Only the contestants and accompanists will be permitted to go into the rooms where the competition is held. Parents are asked to stay in the waiting area.

  • Assignment times will be between 9 am and 9 pm. Individual times will be emailed to both student/parent and teacher within one week after the application deadline.

  • The private teachers of the participants ARE NOT allowed in the building on the competition days.

  • Participants are expected to dress in a formal manner appropriate for the competition setting.

  • The competition results will be posted on the website the following Sunday after the competition. The decisions of the judges are final. 

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  • Audio or video recording and photography of the competitions is not allowed; Audio or video recording of the winners’ concert is not allowed, but photography will be permitted as long as it is not a distraction to the performers/audience.

PIANO SOLO CATEGORY

ELIGIBILITY
Piano players currently enrolled in grades 1-12 will be registered in the following divisions:

Elementary I (grades 1-3)                           Junior (grades 7-9)
Elementary II (grades 4-6)                          Senior (grades 10-12)     

TIME LIMITS
Elementary I      4 minutes                          Junior      8 minutes
Elementary II     6 minutes                          Senior      10 minutes


COMPETITION DATE
Saturday, March 28, 2020


COMPETITION LOCATION
United Korean Presbyterian Church
7009 Wilson Lane, Bethesda, MD20817


APPLICATION DEADLINE
Saturday,  February 29, 2020.


APPLICATION FEE: $54 (Members)    $59 (Non-Members)    

  • ·All fees are non-refundable.

  • ·Online payments accepted through Paypal.


REPERTOIRE AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Two pieces from different periods of music (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, Contemporary) with contrasting style/tempo. Compositions for prepared piano are not permitted. All compositions must be original – no arrangements, excerpts, or unauthorized transcriptions.

  • Memorization is required.·Any changes to repertoire will not be permitted after the application deadline.

  • Time limits will be strictly enforced. Despite the time limits, the applicant must prepare the repertoire in its entirety. The judges reserve the right to stop the contestant and listen to different sections of the pieces.

  • An original score or solo part of each piece with the measures numbered must be presented to the judges.​

  • Judge decisions are final, no exceptions.

PIANO ENSEMBLE CATEGORY

ELIGIBILITY

Piano players currently enrolled in grades 1-12

  • Piano Ensembles: 1 Piano - 4 Hands / 6 hands / 8 hands

  • Grade Divisions: Grades 1-6, Grades 7-12


                                                                
COMPETITION DATE
Saturday, March 28, 2020


COMPETITION LOCATION
United Korean Presbyterian Church
7009 Wilson Lane, Bethesda, MD 20817


APPLICATION DEADLINE
Saturday, February 29, 2020


APPLICATION FEE: $39 (Members)    $44 (Non-members)

  • ·All fees are non-refundable.

  •  Online payments accepted through Paypal.

 

TIME LIMITS

Performance time will be at maximum 8 minutes.


REPERTOIRE AND REQUIREMENTS

  • One or two works per team may be entered in an event. Any published composition written or arranged for chamber ensemble will be accepted.  A movement of a sonata, suite, etc. counts as one composition.  Portions of a piece are not acceptable.  Variations are counted as one piece. Original compositions, arrangements, and transcriptions of entire compositions may be used by performers and presented to the judges.

  • Memorization is not required.

  • All students in a team will evenly share any monetary awards.

  • Performance time is no more than 8 minutes; however, the team must prepare the repertoire in its entirety. The judges reserve the right to stop the team and listen to different sections of the piece. 

  • A single photocopied page can be used to facilitate page turns.  Photocopies of entire compositions may not be used by performers or presented to the judges. An original score with the measures numbered must be presented to the judges.

  • Judge decisions are final, no exceptions.