Eligibility & Application A. Instrumental categories are Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Classical Guitar, and Harp.
B.Participants must be members of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), or a student of a current professional ASTA member. Proof of membership is required.
C.Only Massachusetts or Rhode Island residents or participants studying in Massachusetts or Rhode Island are eligible.
D. There are two levels, the Junior Division and the Senior Division. 1. The Junior Division is open to musicians who have not graduated high school (pre-college) as of March 15, 2014. 2. The Senior Division is open to musicians who have graduated from high school as of March 15, 2014 (collegial) up to and including age 25 as of March 15, 2014 (born after March 15, 1988).
E. Each entrant will submit the competition application, along with a non-refundable application fee of $25, postmarked by February 15, 2014. Application is available below.
F. A copy of an official document proving the entrant’s birth date (e.g. birth certificate, passport, license etc.) MUST be submitted with the application. This document will be destroyed after the competition.
Judges & Prizes
A. A panel of distinguished musicians will adjudicate the competition. All decisions of this panel will be final. The number of winning entrants is determined by the panel, and will include at least one prize for each division.
B. Cash and merchandise prizes will be awarded by the competition judges. A full list will be announced on the MA- ASTA website (www.maasta.org) in December, 2013.
C.Over $2,000 in cash and merchandise prizes were awarded to winners of the previous 2010 MA-ASTA Solo Competition to 7 entrants. Previous cash prizes included up to $250 cash prizes for winners and gift certificates to string shops. Previous merchandise and included new bows, strings, concert tickets, etc.
D. Contestants advanced to the final round will perform in an open recital at 6:00pm (see below for details). Winners and prizes will be announced at a reception following the performance.
E.A First Prize for each division, as well as Honorable Mentions for each instrument in a division will be awarded, with cash and/or merchandise prizes to at least the First Prize winners.
Repertoire & Performance
A. The repertoire for all entrants includes: 1) an etude 2) a baroque work 3) a contemporary piece, and 4) a piece of the contestant’s choice. For specific required repertoire by division and instrument, and guidelines on the choice piece, see below. Piano accompaniment is required for any piece that is not for solo string instrument.
B.Preliminary Round: Required Pieces 1.All contestants will perform the required Baroque, Etude & Contemporary pieces for the preliminary round. The guaranteed minimum time for each contestant will be 10 minutes; the maximum time will be 15 minutes, including setup time. 2. Contestants are required to provide their own music for these pieces. If not readily available, the contemporary pieces will be available for purchase on the MA-ASTA website. 3.Advancing entries will be determined by the judges. Those chosen will proceed to the Final Round. 4.This round is NOT open to the public and will be performed in front of the judges.
C. FinalRound: ChoicePiece 1. Winners of the preliminary round will perform their choice piece at the Final Round. Each contestant will have 15 minutes total including setup time. Entrant should choose their choice piece accordingly, approximately 10 minutes in length. Single movements of multi-movement works are acceptable. 2. If applicable, piano accompaniment will be used (ie. sonatas, piano reduction). If an accompanist is needed, MA- ASTA can provide contact information in advance for local pianists (fees determined by the accompanist). 3.Two Copies of the Choice Piece need to be provided to the judges by the contestant.
D. The best preliminary performance by the Senior Division violinists of the winning entry from the 2013 MA-ASTA Composition Competition, The Sound (solo violin) by Mischa Salkind-Pearl, will also perform this work at the Final Round.
E.The Final Round will be that evening at 6:00 PM in Suelly Hall, The Boston Conservatory on Saturday, March 15, 2014. It will be presented as a formal public recital. Contestants should present themselves as such in the dress and appearance.
F.The recital may be recorded for live online streaming and/or publishing on YouTube and the MA-ASTA website. Permission for broadcast of video, audio and/or photographs is granted from the contestant or contestant’s guardian to MA-ASTA on the application.
G. All items are subject to change. Any updates will be published on the MA-ASTA website applicants will be notified.
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