J. S. Bach
R. Schumann
J. Sibelius
S. Rachmaninoff
J. Haydn
C. Saint-Saens
M. Ponce
E. Grieg
F. Chopin
A. Khachaturian
E. Granados
C. Weber
B. Bartok
G. Faure
F. Poulenc
D. Shostakovich
M. De Falla
A. Scriabin
D. Scarlatti
A. Dvorak
P. Tchaikovsky
J. Brahms
G. Gershwin
M. Ravel
M. Mussorgsky
L. Beethoven
M. Clementi
F. Mompou
S. Prokofiev
F. Schubert
J. Rameau
A. Schoenberg
I. Albeniz
C. Debussy
S. Barber
F. Mendelssohn
A. Ginastera
W.A. Mozart
H. Villa-Lobos
F. Liszt
E. Satie
D. Kabalevsky
L. Liebermann

Eligibility

Open to students in Grades 9-12 who are residents in the state of Texas and who study with a private teacher.

Piano Solo Division I:  Grades 11 & 12

Piano Solo Division II:  Grades 9 & 10

Piano Concerto Division:  Grades 9 -12

Format

PRELIMINARY ROUND of competition will be a digital audio recording audition of the complete performance submitted on Acceptd, an online application for the arts.  There will be 5 finalists chosen in each of the Piano Solo Divisions and 3 finalists chosen in the Piano Concerto Division that will compete in the final round of the competition.  Contestants will be allowed to compete in both the Piano Solo and Piano Concerto Divisions as separate applications.

FINAL ROUND of competition will be held on April 19, 2020 in front of a live audience and Jury.  Finalists will be randomly picked for performance placement to be announced the day of the competition.

Repertoire

DIVISION I competitors are required to play 3 works of their choice by memory from composers of different periods from the following four periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Impressionistic/Contemporary).  One of the works is required to be of a contrasting style.  A movement is considered a work and shorter compositions from the same series by the same composer may be considered one work eg. Three Preludes, or Two Mazurkas, etc.  All works must be original compositions for the piano.  There is a 20 minute playing time limit.  Repeats are optional.  No changes may be made to the repertoire between the rounds.*

DIVISION II competitors are required to play 2 contrasting works of their choice by memory from composers of different periods from the following four periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Impressionistic/Contemporary).  Both works must be original compositions for the piano.  A movement is considered a work and shorter compositions from the same series by the same composer may be considered one work eg. Three Preludes, or Two Mazurkas, etc.  There is a 15 minute playing time limit.  Repeats are optional.  No changes may be made to the repertoire between the rounds.*

PIANO CONCERTO DIVISION competitors are required to play by memory the first movement from the standard concerto repertoire, one-movement or variations concerto.  No changes may be made to the repertoire between the rounds.  If a competitor needs an accompanist, please contact us before March 1st and before submitting an application to see if we can pair you with an accompanist. 

*If playing J.S. Bach WTC, the complete Prelude & Fugue is required and will be considered as one piece.

Online Application Deadline & Notification

The online application includes a digital audio recording of the complete performance and a $50 non-refundable application fee completed through Acceptd, an online application for the arts.  The application must be checked by the teacher and submitted by March 22, 2020.  The performance must be recorded on or after January 1, 2020.  Finalists and their teachers will be notified of acceptance via email by April 1, 2020.

Rules & Regulations

All decisions by the judges are final.  Photography, videography, or recording will not be permitted during the competition.  The Awards Presentation Ceremony will follow the competition.  Finalists must be present at the Awards Presentation Ceremony to receive their awards and must also attend the lecture-recital.  Previous first place winners are not eligible to compete in the same division.

South Texas Piano Competition reserves the right not to award a prize in the final stage if deemed not up to standard by the members of the Jury.  South Texas Piano Competition reserves the right to disqualify a competitor for any reason as deemed necessary, including violating any rules and regulations.  South Texas Piano Competition reserves the right to make any changes as deemed necessary. 

Contact us if you have any questions with the competition guidelines or application.

Competition Location

Mario's Banquet & Conference Center

1716 E. Griffin Pkwy.

Mission, Tx

PO BOX 1073     EDINBURG, TEXAS 78540

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