UT Tyler School of Performing Arts
3900 University Blvd.
Tyler, TX 75799
The UT Tyler Piano Skills Festival is an annual two-part festival in which pre-college students have the opportunity to earn ribbons, medals and trophies for their participation and excellence in the areas of functional piano skills and piano performance, while also being able to perform in the UT Tyler Braithwaite Recital Hall on a Steinway & Sons Concert Grand Piano.
The festival will be a two-part event with functional skills isolated from repertoire performance. Part 1 will include the functional skills of technique, harmonization and sightreading. Part II will include a performance of two solo selections. Solo repertoire must be memorized and music may be used for collaborative works. Students will receive a critique sheet and ribbons immediately following their performance on each day of participation.
By including technique, harmonization and sightreading in a piano festival, students will have more incentive to develop these important skills. When students gain experience and confidence in their creativity and learning abilities, they will be more likely to continue to play the piano at home and in informal social settings after lessons cease. More advanced pianists with strong functional and performance skills will also be better prepared for college scholarship auditions and employable for the many accompanying positions available in local churches, competitions and schools.
2017 Festival Dates
March 9-11, 2017
236 North Main Street
The Young Texas Artists Music Competition is an official music competition of the State of Texas. YTA was created by the Montgomery County Performing Arts Socety in 1983 as an effort to encourage excellence in young musicians and to further artistic growth throughout the state of Texas. The Young Texas Artists Music Competition (YTA) has been showcasing and supporting the state's rising classical music stars for over three decades.
Each candidate will be judged by the highest artistic standards in regard to musicianship, technical proficiency, selection of repertoire, stage deportment and artistry. Formal attire is required only for the finals. All selections must be performed from memory.
Candidates must provide one copy of each selection for the panel. Scores should be unmarked except for measure numbers. No photocopies will be permitted without expressed written permission from the publisher. Scores must not be labeled with names of candidates or teachers. The judges will choose which excerpts of your repertoire they would like to hear, including repertoire for the final round of competition.
Finalists’ performances are limited to 12 minutes. Candidates should edit their longer pieces to the time constraints of the concert Saturday evening. One movement of a concerto or other work may be edited for the finals, although preliminary rounds require that the entire work be prepared.
Formal attire is required for the final round of competition. Formal attire shall be tuxedo or white tie and tails for men and formal gowns for women. Regular suits and long ties are not considered formal attire for men and will not be permitted. Candidates not wearing the required formal attire will not be allowed to compete in the final round.
Three selections of contrasting style in the original key, selected from standard opera, oratorio, cantata, or songs with orchestral accompaniment. Two selections must be in the original language. A third selection of the candidate’s choice may be performed. All selections must be performed from memory.
A complete concerto or any other major work for solo instrument and orchestra. One movement from a Beethoven Sonata. If the candidate chooses to play one of the Beethoven concerti to fulfill the concerto requirement, another solo of contrasting style and period should be chosen.
All selections must be performed from memory.
Application Deadline is Wednesday, December 31st, 2016, 11:59 p.m CST.
Go Here for a complete list of contest rules and application information.
State Representative Todd Hunter, the Texas Music Office and the The Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) along with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Del Mar College are pleased to announce the 2016 Power On Music conference at 8 a.m., Wednesday, October 19th.
The free, day-long conference will feature panel discussions from Texas music industry leaders and is aimed at promoting the importance of the music industry in Texas.
Mathew Knowles, father of pop music superstar Beyoncé and former manager of Destiny’s Child, will be the keynote speaker during the lunch hour. Knowles left his career in the medical-systems sales division at Xerox Corporation to create a music company and manage his daughter Beyoncé’s career. Other speakers will include Grammy Award nominee El Dusty and popular Texas Country Music artist Jake Ward.
“The music industry contributes to the economy of this state and it is important to both celebrate it and recognize its value,” State Rep. Todd Hunter said. “We are happy to host this event in Corpus Christi and work with the Governor’s Texas Music Office to showcase some of the Texas music industry’s top leaders.”
Some of the topics to be discussed include: Forming Music Friendly Communities, Training for Careers in the Music Industry and Funding Ideas for Start-ups, An Exploration of Careers in the Music Industry and Tips for Getting Your Foot in the Door.
“We sincerely appreciate Rep. Todd Hunter and staff, the City of Corpus Christi, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Del Mar College, and the Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau’s work toward developing and highlighting the South Texas Coastal Bend music community,” said Texas Music Office Director Brendon Anthony. “This unique day-long event kicks off the first of, what we hope, are many similar regional music industry conferences spotlighting the state’s music businesses, allowing our industry leaders to network, as well as providing educational opportunities for students and music business entrepreneurs.”
This event is free, but registration is required. You can go to http://poweron.tamucc.edu/ to fill out the registration form.
For more information about the Power On Music conference contact Angie Flores at (361) 695-2048 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s almost time for the William E. Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition. This nation’s premier youth vocal competition is based at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The competition occurs in fifteen locations throughout the United States awarding over $150,000 dollars in prizes and scholarships! As part of the competition, the students will be able to participate in a master class with an expert panel of judges and world renowned singers. The competition is a wonderful educational experience and is sponsored by the William E. Schmidt Foundation based out of Sarasota Florida.
The Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition is open to accomplished young singers who are currently in their sophomore, junior or senior year in high school. As part of its mission, the Schmidt Foundation encourages youth in the arts and provides support and inspiration to our next generation of artists. The Schmidt competition, now in its thirtieth year, has impacted the lives of over 5,000 youth throughout the country and annually provides scholarships for over 120 students. Student competitors have gone on to gain entrance into the world’s finest music schools and include winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the George London Competition, the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Competition and the National Opera Association Award.
The Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition is currently accepting applications for all of its 15 regional locations. The application deadline is two weeks before the competition date at each of the listed locations. Baylor University in Waco, Texas will be judging competition applicants starting on October 8, 2016. You can click here to see a complete list of all the other competition locations and dates.
Competition Eligibility Rules
High school sophomores, juniors, or seniors recommended by their choral directors or vocal teachers. Singers are only allowed to enter one Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition per competition season. To be eligible for cash prizes, contestants must be United States citizens and supply a social security number. Participants are required to pay a registration fee of $45 after submitting their application. An application will be considered complete when both the fee and private teacher recommendation have been received. For special financial consideration, please make requests to Benjamin Smolder, Director at email@example.com.
Applicants must be prepared to present three (3) musical compositions from standard "classical" vocal literature representing different periods and styles, for example, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic or Contemporary Art Song. One selection may be from Broadway theatre repertoire. All of the song selections must be memorized as well. A professional accompanist will be selected and provided for the competition by the Schmidt Foundation. (No individual, personal accompanists may be used.) The singer will not have the opportunity to rehearse with the pianist in advance of the competition. Singers will need to provide one (1) copy of printed music that is clear and easy to read for each of their songs. Please make sure that your music is complete and not missing the bass clef. The printed music should be in a binder, double sided and well marked. It is not necessary to send your music in advance of the competition. It should be brought with you on the day of the competition.
For additional information you can visit schmidtcompetition.org or contact:
Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition
109 Presser Hall
501 South Patterson Avenue
Oxford, OH 45056
Telephone: (513) 529-3046
Fax: (513) 529-3027
The 66th Wideman International Piano Competition will be held Friday through Sunday, December 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 2016 at Centenary College-Hurley School of Music in Shreveport, Louisiana.
The Wideman International Piano Competition, which began in 1950, has been held annually the first weekend of December, at Centenary College-Hurley School of Music.
Outstanding pianists from throughout the United States and foreign countries and from major music schools have been attracted to the Competition. Nationally and Internationally known concert pianists and conductors are chosen to be the judges.
All Contestants must be at least 18 years of age and not older than 28 years of age by December 4, 2016, and they must also be residents of or currently studying in North America.
A contestant may select any piano concerto on the approved list contained in the application form online which may be accessed here. The audition recording must be of the same concerto you plan to play in the competition. All concertos must be memorized. A non-refundable application fee of $100.00 is required in advance. If requested on the application form, an accompanist will be provided by the Competition for an additional $100, paid directly to the Wideman Piano Competition upon notification of competitor selection.
Make checks payable to:
Wideman Piano Competition
1200 Meadowbrook Road, No 39
Jackson, MS 39206
- Submit Application, the $100 fee, required documents, photo, and your performance web link no later than Oct. 14, 2016
- Receive notification of acceptance by Oct. 28, 2016 (and pay $100 accompanist fee if applicable)
- Preliminary Rounds will be on Dec 2 and Dec 4, 2016 (40 contestants)
- The Final Round will be on Dec 4, 2016 (5-8 contestants)
Competition Awards and Prize Money
Gold Medal $5,000
The William Peyton Shehee & Virginia Kilpatrick Shehee Award
The Gold Medalist also will win several orchestra performances, engagements and recitals with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Emmett Hook Center Texas Street Artist Recital Series in Shreveport, Louisiana, the Noel Foundation, Inc. Chamber Music Series also in Shreveport, Louisiana, the Downtown Piano Works Fine Arts Series in Frederick, Maryland and the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, Illinois.
Silver Medal $3,000
Given by Alice & John Frazier (in memory of Genevieve & Carlton Frazier) and Martha & Bill Smith.
Bronze Medal $1,500
The Magnolia Award given by the family of Marilyn Johnson King
Honorable Mention $1000
Special Awards (2-4) $500
Given by Mrs Pearla T Despot and additional Special Awards are provided by the Glenda Lee Harrison Fund and the Marilyn Willis Fund, both of The Community Foundation.
For assistance or further information, contact
Lester Senter Wilson, DMA
June 5 – 12, 2016
Trinity University Ruth Taylor Recital Hall
San Antonio, Texas
The San Antonio International Piano Competition, founded in 1983, is dedicated to providing an enriching musical experience for San Antonio and South Texas audiences while offering a challenging but inspiring opportunity to promising young pianists.
This year’s competition is limited to pianists between the ages of 20 and 32. The San Antonio International Piano Competition provides significant cash awards through a series of daily concerts given by twelve semi-finalists, five concerts by finalists, and a final Winners’ Recital.
For each competition a work is commissioned by a major composer. All semi-finalists are required to learn the commissioned work, which then will be performed by the five finalists.
In addition to the awards for first, second and third place, there are awards for the best performance of the commissioned work, and for works from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th-21st century eras, as well as of a Russian work and a work by a Spanish, Latin American or Impressionistic Composer. The winners of all of these awards will perform at the Winners’ Recital on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Recital by LO-AN LIN
San Antonio International Piano Competition Gold Medalist 2012
The 2016 Competitors will draw for their competition performance order.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Round One begins
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Round One concludes
Round Two begins
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Round Two concludes
Announcement of winners of Best Performance Awards
and Five competitors to advance to Final Round
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Announcement of winners of Best Performance Awards
and Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal Winners
Sunday, June 12, 2016
Visit the SAIPC website at www.saipc.org for more detailed information.
A singer’s average yearly salary can vary depending on a number of different parameters. It especially depends on what kind of venues that they regularly perform at. An accomplished and well-seasoned singer who performs at clubs, parties, public auditoriums and concert halls or as part of a wedding music group can expect to earn an average from around $100 - $200 a night or more, but you must bear in mind that a singer probably will not be working every night of the week, either. But if you have worked your way up the ladder over the years and are an in-demand performer, you could probably land a steady job earning anywhere from $40,000 to over $100,000 per year. When it comes to finding steady work as a singer there are a number of available avenues as well, including performing in musical theater companies, working in opera companies, Broadway musicals, singing as a soloist or as a member of a band for example. The creativity and versatility of a singer also depends a great deal on the type of music that they sing, such as rock, pop, opera, show tunes, country or rhythm and blues music, etc.
Singers can work at a professional level in recording studios for TV, film, radio, or video games. They also spend a lot of additional time rehearsing music as part of their work with orchestras, bands, or other musical ensembles. Singers study voice production, melody, and harmony, interpreting music and written lyrics, too. Singers might sing character parts while singers who are composers might perform their own original style of music. The classical classification of singers matching their voice range includes contralto, soprano, tenor, baritone and bass. There can often times be a high level of competition for well-paying singing jobs since professional opportunities can be somewhat limited compared to the number of talented singers looking for steady work. Experience, many years of extensive voice training and versatility can serve as a very important asset when applying for professional singing jobs. Being able to accompany yourself on the piano is a very important determining factor as well.
Singers are often times employed in evening and/or weekend work for shows, night clubs, piano bar and band work, typically working part-time schedules unless they become a full time member in an acting company or an opera company. But, just like other musicians, instrumentalists and actors, (especially in the beginning of their career) singers might have to start out with working part-time hours and they might need to work another job in order to earn a living wage. Singers are also subjected to rejection when auditioning for musical related jobs.
Employment for singers and musicians is expected to grow as fast as average for other jobs. Singers skilled in multiple styles and musical formats will have the best job prospects available to them. A Bureau of Labor Statistics report from May 2008 shows that singers, musicians, composers, music directors, and other music related workers held 240,000 paying music positions in 2008. Employment for singers and musicians is expected to grow as fast as average for other jobs. The competitive nature for creative jobs, including full-time jobs, is expected to continue. Singers skilled in multiple styles and musical formats will have the best job prospects available to them.
Just how much does a singer make per hour?
According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report in May of 2008, musicians and singers earned an average hourly wage of $28.28.
Performing Arts Companies $31.37
Religious Organizations $20.92
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers $36.00
Amusement Parks and Arcades $23.25
Elementary and Secondary Schools $21.38
The Bureau of Labor Statistics also provided a report from May 2009 showing the median salary for singers and musicians to be $47,260. Another report from Indeed.com shows the average salary for a singer or musician in 2010 was $74,000 per year.
Please be sure to scroll back up and look at the accompanying info graphic above to see what the average salaries of the popular and famous singers are. Their yearly salaries can reach well into the many millions of dollars range.
The Kilgore College Piano Ensemble is a select group of college students that enjoy creating music. The musical group is composed of piano majors and non-majors alike. They play synthesizers that are capable of producing over 600 voices - ranging from traditional sounds such as strings, winds, brass and percussion to non-traditional sounds - such as guns firing, people screaming and birds chirping! Dramatic power point, costume changes and audience participation enhance this entertaining production that is given each year. This year the ensemble will play several selections on their IPads, an innovative approach to electronic music, under the directorship of Sandra Siler. Mrs. Siler's groups have performed at the Music Teacher’s National Conventions in Salt Lake City, Utah; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Austin, Texas and Seattle, Washington.
An added attraction this year will be the music of Joachim Horsley. Mr. Horsley is a composer and orchestrator for award-winning film and television programs, including the Lionsgate release Rabbit Hole, which earned Nicole Kidman an Academy Award nomination. He has scored over 25 short and feature films, including the Silver Medal Student Academy Award Winning documentary short Unattached. Recent projects include orchestrating/arranging for John Legend’s All of Me Tour and orchestrating Ben Folds’ Piano Concerto. In 2007, Horsley was awarded the Grand Prize Winner at the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for his song I Want Your Love.
The Kilgore College Christmas Keyboard Extravaganza will take place this Thursday, December 3rd, at 10:00 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m. in the Van Cliburn Auditorium in the Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Building, on the Kilgore College Campus. The program is free, however, reservations are required. For more information, please contact Sandra Siler at 903-983-8120 or 903-658-2127. You may also email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
You can also watch this video excerpt below from last year's Christmas Keyboard Extravaganza performance.
Hal Leonard has just released The Hal Leonard Jazz Piano Method, “The Player’s Guide to Authentic Stylings,” by Mark Davis. Pianists of all levels will be able to practice and develop their jazz piano skills with this latest addition to the impressive collection of Hal Leonard methods. Piano players will find this comprehensive guide easy to use, from the complete beginner just learning the basics of music to the more advanced player who wishes to enhance his or her keyboard vocabulary. There are a variety of fun progressions and licks to play and absorb, and online audio recordings are available for demonstrations of all the examples listed in the book.
Topics include essential music theory, chords and voicings, musical scales and modes, rhythm basics, improvisation ideas, structure and forms, interpreting a lead sheet, playing solos, and a whole lot more!
"Mark Davis introduced me to jazz and gave me an irreplaceable foundation and knowledge of this music. With this comprehensive book, he provides everyone with that same opportunity to learn from a true master of jazz piano tradition and one of the greatest educators of our time. I highly recommend this book to both beginner and advanced players."
-Dan Nimmer, pianist with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Hal Leonard Jazz Piano Method is available from music and bookstores or by visiting www.halleonard.com.
Hal Leonard Jazz Piano Method
The Player's Guide to Authentic Stylings by Mark Davis
Inventory #HL 00131102
9" x 12", 96 pages
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About the Author:
Mark Davis is an accomplished pianist and an influential educator who has been a mainstay on the Midwest jazz scene for over 25 years. He has performed with jazz luminaries Eric Alexander, Peter Bernstein, Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath, Brian Lynch, Charles McPherson, Frank Morgan, and Phil Woods, among others.
About Hal Leonard:
Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard Corporation is the world's largest music print publisher and digital content provider, producing educational publications, songbooks, sheet music, reference books, DVDs, magazines, eBooks, digital sheet music, apps and more. The company is also a major distributor of music technology products, selling and marketing the most popular software, hard goods and accessories available today, to musicians and recording enthusiasts around the world. In its more than 200,000 available publications and products, Hal Leonard represents many of the world's best known and most respected publishers, artists, songwriters, arrangers and manufacturers. The company is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI and also has domestic offices in Winona, MN; New Jersey and Boston, and offices abroad in Australia, Belgium, China, Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
If you have ever dreamed about owning your very own concert grand piano to practice and perform on in the privacy and comfort of your home, but were unable to even consider the formidable high price, then look no further. BHA Piano Center in Dayton, Ohio is currently offering a fantastic deal on a 9 foot Baldwin concert grand piano, that was hand built in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1941 back during the golden era of piano making. This one-of-a-kind, beautifully-crafted concert grand piano can be yours for the very low clearance price of just $7,850.
Baldwin was originally established as an American hand-made piano brand, until just recently when it was acquired by the Gibson Guitar Corporation. It was also at one time one of the largest US-based manufacturers of pianos. Many distinguished concert musicians have also composed, performed and recorded using Baldwin pianos, including the pianist Walter Gieseking, Claudio Arrau, Jorge Bolet, Earl Wild and José Iturbi and the musical composers Philip Glass, Igor Stravinsky, Béla Bartók, Leonard Bernstein and John Williams.
Baldwin pianos have been used all throughout many decades by a large number of popular musical artists and world famous entertainers too, including Ray Charles, Liberace, Richard Carpenter, Carly Simon, and the jazz pianists Dave Brubeck and Dick Hyman. Amy Lee, the lead vocalist, pianist and keyboardist for the music group Evanescence also uses this piano brand in most of her compositions, recordings and live performances. A Baldwin piano was also seen regularly being played by the musical director Paul Shaffer on the Late Show with David Letterman. Baldwin was chosen to be the official piano for the popular television show Glee as well.
This particular Baldwin concert grand has been equipped with new bass strings and pins, newer hammers, new double wide brass casters, new key tops and fronts installed. It has also been professionally refinished in beautiful satin ebony. It has a huge, thunderous bass sound and a very clear tenor and treble. This is a very nice Baldwin concert grand that anybody would be proud to own. It also includes a deluxe adjustable artist bench and a 5 year parts warranty. BHA Piano Center has been in business since 1949 and they have delivered well over 800 pianos nationwide in just the past 12 years. So, if you are serious about purchasing one of the finest quality concert grand pianos ever made, then give them a call at (800) 595-2535. They will professionally deliver and set up your piano and will also include one free in home tuning by a certified member of the Piano Technicians Guild (PTG) in your local area. Be sure to check out the video demonstration below of this magnificent musical masterpiece in action.
Greetings to Everyone and A Big Welcome to Infinity Music Studio! My name is Suzanne Brittania. I have been teaching piano and voice lessons for over 40 plus years. It is my hope that you will find all the following information, along with the music videos listed within my blog, to be very interesting, helpful and inspiring all throughout your own musical journey.
The videos listed below are of famous opera stars (that I performed with extensively all throughout my earlier musical career) especially during the 1950's and 60's.
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