The  art  of  performing  with  a  device  used  to  produce  music  with  tones  of  the  late  18th  and  19th

centuries characterized by an emphasis on balance, clarity, and moderation.


  1. The musical  selection  must  be  one  specifically  written  for  solo  performances.  The  performance may  be  an  excerpt  and  may  not  exceed  five  (5)  minutes.  (Contestants  not  adhering  to  the maximum time requirements are subject to point deduction.)
  2. Contestants must submit six (6) copies of the sheet music for their performance.
  3. If the  selection  chosen  is  written  with  piano  accompaniment,  it  must  be  performed    in    that manner.  Contestants  must  request  accompaniment  by  May 8, 2020.  Sheet  music  is  required  at the time of the request.
  4. The composition  to  be  performed  must  be  consistent  with  the  nature  of  the  instrument  and

the level of musical proficiency of the performer.

  1. The selection of music and instrument is solely the decision of the contestant.
  2. The only instrument provided for the performance will be a piano.
  3. Live accompaniment is permitted for this competition.


NOTE:   The  deadline  for  submission  of  national  registration  documents  is  May 15, 2020..   No

materials or copies will be accepted after that time or at the National Competition. Contestants will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Interpretation, Expression,  Tempo,  Phrasing,  and  Historically  appropriate  style  (20)
  • Intonation and touch (piano) (20)
  • Stage presence, choice of music (20)
  • Technique, articulation,  Breathing,  Rhythm,  Facility  and  Accuracy  (20)

•    Tone  quality, Beauty, Control, Characteristic timbre  (20)