AVS Festival Youth Competitions

2018 AVS Festival Youth Competitions Guidelines

Final Round - June 13, 2018
The Colburn School, Los Angeles CA

The American Viola Society invites young violists under the age of 26 as of June 1, 2018 to participate in the 2018 American Viola Society Festival Youth Solo Competitions.  Preliminary requirements, deadlines, and repertoire are posted below. 

Click here to submit your online application.

 

Prizes to include:

Collegiate Solo Competition: First prize -$2,000 second prize - $1,000
Senior Solo Competition: First prize - $1,250, second prize - $500
Junior Solo Competition: First prize - $600, second prize - $250

All finalists will also receive complimentary registration for the full 2018 AVS Festival!*
* Finalists are responsible for their own food, housing, and travel

*Due to concurrent scheduling, applicants may choose to enter either the Primrose International Viola Competition OR the 2018 AVS Festival competitions.  It is not possible to compete in both competitions.

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AVS Festival Solo Competition Divisions

Collegiate Solo Competition (ages 19 – 25 by June 1, 2018)

  • Required piece:  Weber Andante and Hungarian Rondo (Primrose edition)
  • Bach cello suite - any one movement of the applicant’s choice from suites 4, 5, or 6.
  • One movement from a concerto of the applicant’s choice
  • All pieces must be played from memory
  • Total time shall not exceed 30 minutes
  • First prize -$2,000 second prize - $1,000

Senior Solo Competition (ages 15 – 18 by June 1, 2018)

  • Required piece: Bloch Suite Hébraïque movement 1, Rhapsodie
  • Bach cello suite prelude of the applicant’s choice
  • Piece of the applicant’s choice - (Duo sonatas with piano excluded. Unaccompanied solo sonatas or suites are acceptable.)
  • All pieces must be played from memory
  • Total time shall not exceed 25 minutes
  • First prize - $1,250, second prize - $500

Junior Solo Competition (ages 14 and under by June 1, 2018)

  • Required piece: J.C. Bach Concerto (Henri Casadesus) in C minor, movement 1, Allegro molto maestoso  
  • Piece of the applicant’s choice - (Duo sonatas with piano excluded. Unaccompanied solo sonatas or suites are acceptable.)
  • All pieces must be played from memory
  • Total time shall not exceed 20 minutes
  • First prize - $600, second prize - $250

 Online Preliminary Round Application Requirements

  • $50 application fee
  • Students and their private teacher must be current members of the American Viola Society to enter.
  • A copy of an official document proving the applicant’s date of birth (e.g. birth certificate, passport, driver’s license, etc.) MUST be submitted in a scanned .pdf format with the application.
  • Jpeg photo
  • 100-word bio
  • A list of current and former teachers including dates of study must also be submitted with the application.
  • All contestants must present all repertoire for their division, in the order listed above, for the video recorded preliminary round. 
  • All works must be played from memory, no duo sonatas with piano will be allowed.  
  • All works intended to be played with piano accompaniment must be recorded with piano accompaniment.  The cutting of piano tuttis is strongly encouraged.  
  • Videos recorded with a music minus one CD or any prerecorded piano accompaniment are not permitted. 
  • For the preliminary competition, participants will upload video recordings of the required repertoire.  The link for video recording submission will be posted September 1, 2017.  Entries must be submitted by 11:59pm PDT of November 15, 2017 to participate in the competition.
  • Video Requirements:  Each contestant will submit 3 separate video files (2 for Junior division) with each file containing a complete and unedited selection from the repertoire list.  Videos must not be edited in any way and may not include the contestant’s name or text embedded in the video or any spoken identifiers.  Be sure that you have sufficient time to upload your videos before the competition submission deadline.  Please submit videos that are as high quality as possible.   
  • All finalists will be notified no later than January 15, 2018.

Live Final Round Requirements

  • Six finalists from each division will be selected from the online preliminary round to compete in the live final round at the American Viola Society Festival in June 2018.
  • Those selected as finalists must notify the National AVS Office by February 1, 2018 of their acceptance to participate in the live final round to be held at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Students must provide their own pianist.  A list of local pianists for the final round will be made available when finalists are announced.
  • Repertoire for the final round must be the same as submitted in the preliminary round.
  • Each contestant must be prepared to present all three pieces in their entirety in the order listed above.
  • Time limits are the same for both preliminary and final rounds.
  • All works intended to be played with piano accompaniment must be performed with piano accompaniment.   The cutting of piano tutti's is strongly encouraged.  
  • Judges may stop a contestant at any point to ask for other prepared repertoire and reserve the right to request that the contestant perform without repeats. 
  • Finalists invited to perform in the final competition rounds at the AVS Festival in Los Angeles will receive free registration for the 2018 AVS Festival.
  • Finalists are responsible for their own food, housing, and travel. 
  • All Finalists under age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent, teacher or other responsible adult.

Festival Competitions Coordinator
Daniel Sweaney

College Division Chair
Renee Skerik

Senior Division Chair
Elias Goldstein

Junior Division Chair
Jacob Adams

    

 

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