Mansfield University will host its annual High School Piano Competition on Sunday, November 15, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition will run virtually this year. The competition welcomes students who reside and attend high schools in Pennsylvania and its neighboring states (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia). There are two categories students can participate in: Junior Competition and Senior Scholarship Audition. Please read below for the competition procedure and the repertoire requirements for each performance category.
COMPETITION PROCEDURE and DATES TO REMEMBER
Contestants must videorecord their performance, upload on YouTube as an unlisted video (not public or private), and email their performance link to Dr. Eun-Joo Kwak at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, November 11. Those performance links will be shared among all contestants by Saturday, November 14 to fulfill the competition’s ‘open to public’ concept. Judges’ adjudication and announcement of winners will take place on Sunday, November 15, which is the official competition date.
JUNIOR COMPETITION (Grades 9-11)
This category is open to high school students in grades 9 through 11. Each student will perform two contrasting pieces from memory. A total of $500 in gift certificate prizes will be awarded to the best performers, thanks to the support of Robert M. Sides Music. The first-prize winners are not allowed to compete for two years in a row.
SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP AUDITION (Grade 12)
This event is open exclusively for 12 graders. Each student will perform two contrasting pieces from memory, followed by a musicianship test conducted via Zoom on Sunday, November 15. Music Department Scholarships will be offered to best qualified students. (Scholarship recipients must be academically admitted by Mansfield University, enrolling as a Piano Performance major, piano concentration in Music Education, piano concentration in Music Technology/Business, or a BA Music Program piano track)
Contestants must videorecord their performance, upload on YouTube as an unlisted video (not public or private), and email their performance link to Dr. Eun-Joo Kwak at email@example.com by Wednesday, November 11. Total performance time in video should be between 6 and 12 minutes, and memorization is required for both pieces. Students are to perform two contrasting pieces in Classical style chosen from the following list.
A contrapuntal work or a dance movement by J.S. Bach, or a sonata movement by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert.
A piece from Romantic, Impressionistic or Contemporary classical repertory.
All applicants please fill out the application form. Application will close on Saturday, November 7. Event details (including a musicianship test Zoom time for 12th graders) will be emailed to each student after the deadline. For more information, contact Dr. Eun-Joo Kwak at (570) 662-4715 or firstname.lastname@example.org.