Guidelines & Repertoire Requirements

 Entry fee: $80 for Solo/Contemporary Composers/Concerto 
$50/person for Duet and Ensembles

*If competing in more than one category, the same repertoire cannot be repeated.

  • The adjudication committee will evaluate the contestant’s video submission. All videos are to be submitted via YouTube link/links. The video/s may be recorded within nine months prior to March 20th, 2020.
  • All applicants will be informed of the jury’s decision regarding the preliminary round no later than TBA. Semifinalists and finalists will be invited to participate in the live rounds of the competition at the Center of the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana.
  • If a contestant chooses to withdraw from the competition, he/she is asked to notify the competition committee at least 48 hours prior to the beginning of the designated round.
  • Any violation of the rules and regulations by the contestant may result in his/her expulsion from the competition, which is irrevocable.
  • The Preliminary Audition is required for all levels and categories.


Preliminary Repertoire Requirements for Solo category:

  • Two original contrasting piano compositions of different musical eras. Elementary level participants may perform compositions of the same time period if they are contrasting in nature/character.
  • Collections of short works (Example: Chopin’s Preludes) are allowed.
  • Memorization is not required for this round.

*Preliminary audition repertoire does not have to be the same as the live round.

Preliminary Repertoire Requirements for Duet category:

  • One duet work for one piano/four hands.
  • Original compositions, arrangements, and transcriptions are accepted. Memorization is not required.
  • Collections of short works of the same composer are allowed if fit in the time limit.


Preliminary Repertoire Requirements for Ensemble category:

  • One complete piano ensemble work for one piano-six hands, one piano–eight hands, two pianos-four hands, two pianos-six hands, or two pianos-eight hands.
  • Original compositions, arrangements, and transcriptions are all acceptable.
  • Memorization is not required.


Preliminary Repertoire Requirements for Concerto category:

  • Any movement of a piano concerto. Memorized exposition and cadenza are required.  No accompaniment required in the recording. 
  • If playing a movement other than the first or with no cadenza, the recording should instead include a significant portion to demonstrate musicality and virtuosity.


Preliminary Repertoire Requirements for Contemporary Composers category:

  • One original piano composition written after 1930. Memorization is not required.
  • Collections of short works (Example: Kabalevsky’s Preludes) are allowed.

(Entry fee: $120, includes the final round)

*If competing in more than one category, the same repertoire cannot be repeated.

  • The Semifinal round will be held TBA and will be open to the general public. Each contestant must appear before the panel of judges at his/her designated time.
  • Warm-up rooms at assigned times will be available to all semi-finalists.
  • Semi-final round results will be announced at the end of each day of the Semi-final performances.

Semi-final Time Limit

The performance time limit is determined by the level entered, and the contestant’s performance may be stopped once the time limit is exceeded.

Elementary A: up to 6 minutes

Elementary B:  up to 8 minutes

Intermediate A: up to 10 minutes

Intermediate B: up to 12 minutes

Advanced A:    up to 14 minutes

Advanced B:          up to 16 minutes

Semi-final Repertoire Requirements for Solo category

  • Two original contrasting piano compositions of different musical eras.  Elementary level participants may perform compositions of the same time period if they are contrasting in nature/character.  
  • Collections of short works (Example: Chopin’s Preludes) are allowed. 
  • Contestant may use the piece/pieces from the Preliminary (video) round.
  • Memorization is required.

Entry fee: $120 for Solo/Contemporary Composers/Concerto
$70/person for Duet and Ensembles

*If competing in more than one category, the same repertoire cannot be repeated.

  • The Final round is open to the general public. Each contestant must appear before the panel of judges at his/her designated time.
  • Warm-up rooms and assigned warm up times will be available to all finalists.
  • Additional practice times will be available to all the participants strictly on a first-come-first-served basis at the Center of the Performing Arts and other locations (TBA). No pre-arrangements for practice times will be available. 
  • All final round results will be announced at the Final Award Ceremony. 

Final Round Time Limit

The performance time will be determined by the level entered, and the contestant’s performance may be stopped once the time limit is exceeded by the judges’ discretion.

  Solo
Elementary A: up to 5 minutes
Elementary B: up to 6 minutes
Intermediate A: up to 7 minutes
Intermediate B: up to 8 minutes
Advanced A: up to 9 minutes
Advanced B: up to 10 minutes
  Duet    Concerto    Ensemble  Contemporary Composers 
Elementary: up to 8 minutesElementary: up to 10 minutesElementary: up to 4 minutes Elementary: up to 6 minutes 
Intermediate: up to 12 minutesIntermediate: up to 15 minutes Intermediate: up to 8 minutes  Intermediate: up to 10 minutes 
Advanced: up to 16 minutes Advanced: up to 20 minutes Advanced: up to 12 minutes Advanced: up to 14 minutes 

Final Round Repertoire Requirements for Solo category

  • One original piano composition 
  • Contestant may use the same piece as the Preliminary (video) round, but not from the semi-final live round
  • Collections of short works (Example: Chopin’s Preludes) are allowed.
  • Memorization is required


Final Round Repertoire Requirements for Concerto category

  • Any movement of a piano concerto 
  • No omission of piano solo part allowed (cuts allowed in orchestral part only)
  • Memorization is required


Final Round Repertoire Requirements for Duet category

  • Two piano duets
  • Original compositions, arrangements and transcriptions are accepted
  • Memorization is optional.  No page turner will be provided. 


Final Round Repertoire Requirements for Ensemble category:

  • One Piano Ensemble (One piano 6 hands, One piano 8 hands, 2 pianos 4 hands, 2 piano 6 hands, 2 piano 8 hands)
  • Original compositions, arrangements and transcriptions are accepted.                 
  • Memorization is optional. No page turner will be provided.   


Final Round Repertoire Requirements for Contemporary Composers category

  • Two original piano compositions written after 1930
  • Memorization is required
  • Collections of short works (such as Preludes by Kabalevsky) are allowed