The art of performing with a device used to produce music with the tones of the present.


  1. The musical  selection  must  be  one  specifically  written  for  solo  performances  and  may  not exceed  five  (5)  minutes.  (Contestants  not  adhering  to  the  maximum  time  requirement  are subject to point deduction.)
  2. The selection   performed   should  feature   a   solo   performance.   The   contestants  must  provide additional  musicians  if  they  are  needed  for  their  performance,  however,  piano  accompaniment can  be  requested  to  the  national  office  by  May 8, 2020.  Sheet  music  is  required  at  the  time  of request.   Contestants can also bring an accompanist.
  3. Contestants must submit six (6) copies of the sheet music for their performance.
  4. The only  instrument  provided  for  performance  will  be  a  piano.  Contestants mu st  provide

additional  instruments/equipment  as  needed.

  1. The selection of music and instrument is solely the decision of the contestant.
  2. Examples of contemporary music are R&B, Broadway, Jazz, Gospel, Blues, etc.
  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:

  • Effectiveness of  style,  Improvisation  (20)
  • Intonation, Touch  (piano)  (20)
  • Stage presence, Choice of music (20)
  • Technique, Articulation,  Breathing,  Tonality,  Rhythm,  Facility  (20)
  • Tone quality, Beauty, Control, Characteristic timbre  (20)