TECHNIQUE and REPERTOIRE Competition
Park Ridge Strings holds an annual "TECHNIQUE & REPERTOIRE" COMPETITION for string students.
The fourth annual competition will be scheduled for early November 2013. Apply here before the deadline.
The competition is being held at the following address:
"Mary, Seat of Wisdom" School
1350 S. Clifton (door #20)
Park Ridge, IL 60068
To encourage and reward personal commitment, goal-oriented perseverance, and demonstrable, deadline-specific musical accomplishment. To offer a performance opportunity and objective/honest feedback to students.
The competition is open to all violin, viola, and cello students through 8th Grade.
An integral and important part of the curriculum, participation is mandatory for all Park Ridge Strings students with at least one year of study, just as tests are part of school curricula and games are part of sports’ curricula. The only exceptions are illness/injury or family emergencies – inadequate preparation is not valid grounds for non-participation.
CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION
As an educational component, the independent competition adjudicator will provide a graded comment sheet for each participant, detailing the following specific performance points and giving recommendations for further study:
A $30 participation fee is required of all applicants not currently enrolled in Park Ridge Strings.
This fee is applied toward venue rental, hiring of independent judges, competition plaque, and a certificate of participation (if contestant was not awarded a prize).
The participation fee for Park Ridge Strings students is part of regular tuition.
The participation fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.
REQUIREMENTS1. Scales (standard fingerings, separate bows; adjudicator will select two scales from those prepared)
2 years of playing: two-octave major scales with up to 3 accidentals, played forte, quarter = 90 bpm
3 years of playing: two-octave major scales with up to 5 accidentals, played forte, quarter = 120 bpm
4 or more years of playing: all three-octave major scales, played forte, quarter = 120 bpm
2. One etude chosen from the likes of Wohlfahrt, Sitt, or Kayser (violin/viola), and Lee, Schröder, or Dotzauer (cello). Substitute etudes of similar style and level are acceptable.
3. Recital piece.
2 years of playing experience: a shorter recital piece (1 page).
3 years of playing: longer piece (2/more pages).
4/more years of playing: sonata/concerto fast movement, or 2 contrasting solo Bach movements.
At their discretion, judges may stop the contestant after a representative portion of a longer piece has been heard.
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