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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Practicing scales and arpeggios, especially with regards to a pianist’s ability to play pretty much any genre of music, cannot be over emphasized. Many pianists agree with me that including scales and arpeggios in your daily practice routine is the most efficient way to hone and transform both your technical and expressive skills to a higher level of mastery. Not only that, but when you practice scales and arpeggios on a regular basis, it also improves your hearing, pitch recognition, knowledge of musical theory, musical patterns and your understanding of tonalities and harmony.
The best way to go about practicing scales and arpeggios is to first start out by learning and practicing (with separate hands) both the major and the minor scales (in the treble and bass clef). Then, after you are able to play all of the scales (without making mistakes) with both of your hands together, you can move on to learning and playing all of the arpeggios.
For those of you who might not be familiar with scales and arpeggios, here is a brief description of these two technical exercises.
Practicing and playing scales and arpeggios is also a great form of mental training. It improves your ability to concentrate and focus on any particular task at hand and it also increases your self awareness. To help you out with learning along the way, I have included a list of the Major scales and the relative Minor scales (along with the correct fingering notation).
Here is a list of arpeggios to play in all Major and Minor keys as well (Start out with exercise number 41). Numbers 21 through 40 are part of Hanon’s Virtuoso Exercises which will help you to build finger independence and strength. Number 39 includes the 12 Major and Minor scales in two octaves.
It is very important to always practice and learn how to play your scales and arpeggios by starting out at a very slow pace (especially in the beginning). If you are a beginner with no prior knowledge of scales and arpeggios, it is best to start out by learning to play one or two scales, like C Major and G Major before learning any of the other scales. As luck would have it, the fingering pattern is the same for the C, G, D, A and the E Major scales. Here are some additional good reasons for practicing this way:
Remember that consistency is key when it comes to learning practically any and everything. This recommendation is also of utmost importance when it comes to practicing scales and arpeggios. With consistent and careful practicing of scales and arpeggios, not only will you end up becoming a much more proficient piano player, but you will also be able to add much more expressiveness, personal emotions and selective dynamics to help further enhance your musical performances.
Below is a video of the concert pianist, Robert Estrin, from Living Pianos, explaining why practicing scales and arpeggios are so important.
Two doctors and a strategy consultant walked away with top honors at the 7th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in Fort Worth, Texas yesterday afternoon. The competition was hosted by the Van Cliburn Foundation, named after the world renowned American pianist who was a child prodigy from Kilgore, Texas.
Thomas Yu, a 38-year-old periodontist from Calgary, Canada, won the first place award of $2,000 along with the non-monetary Audience and Press awards this past weekend at the seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. Michael Slavin, a 65-year-old retired ophthalmologist from Manhasset, New York, won the $1,500 second place award. Xavier Aymonod, a 40-year-old strategy consultant from France was the $1,000 third place winner.
This is not the same professional Cliburn competition for young pianists whose main intent is to eventually launch international careers as professional concert pianists. These contestants are amateur pianists who have careers, but they don't play or teach piano for a living. This particular piano competition celebrates the making of music as a vital part of a person’s everyday life.
The Cliburn Amateur Piano Competition first began in 1999 and is held every four years. Eligible applicants must be at least 35 years of age or older who do not make their livings as pianists or piano teachers. This year’s competition had 159 applicants, ranging from software engineers and physicians to stay-at-home moms.
By the last day of the competition on Saturday, six finalists remained. Seven additional $500 prize awards were also presented. These were limited to other pianists who did not win one of the top three prizes. The winners were announced by this year’s jury chair Olga Kern, one of two gold medalists from the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the young professionals contest which is also held every four years. Below is a video recording of the final round that was held prior to the awards ceremony.
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.
June 19–25, 2016
Van Cliburn Recital Hall and Bass Performance Hall
Fort Worth, Texas USA
The Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition is open to non-professional pianists age 35 and older who do not derive their principal source of income through piano performance or instruction. Established in 1999 as the first of its kind in the United States, the quadrennial festival promotes lifelong music-making as a vital part of daily life and draws more than 70 competitors.
Many past Amateur Competition participants have, at one time in their lives, received advanced piano degrees; others have never studied the piano professionally. Amateur Competition prizes have been awarded both to those with extensive public performing experience, as well as to those who have spent many hours playing mostly for their own enjoyment or for the pleasure of friends, family, and their local community. All, however, are united by their love of classical music and of sharing this passion with others of like mind.
The Amateur Competition Format
PRELIMINARY ROUND (June 19, 20)
Van Cliburn Recital Hall (330 E. 4th Street)
72 pianists, each performing a recital program of 8–10 minutes
QUARTERFINAL ROUND (June 21, 22)
Van Cliburn Recital Hall (330 E. 4th Street)
30 pianists, each performing a recital program of 15–18 minutes
SEMIFINAL ROUND (June 23)
Van Cliburn Recital Hall (330 E. 4th Street)
12 pianists, each performing a recital program of 25–28 minutes
FINAL ROUND (June 25)
Bass Performance Hall (4th & Commerce Street)
Six pianists, each performing one movement of a concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, to be selected from the list found HERE.
Competition Rounds will be open to the public; tickets are on sale now.
Go to the Schedule and Tickets Page to order your admission tickets.
The first prize winner will receive a cash prize of $2,000; second prize is $1,500; and third prize is $1,000. Other special prizes will also be awarded.
JURY AND ARTISTIC COLLABORATORS
The 2001 Cliburn Gold Medalist and major concert artist, Olga Kern, will serve as the jury chairman for the piano competition, and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will perform with each of the six finalists. Competition performances will also be webcast live at Cliburn.org.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Tom & Peggy Wright Music Building
Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music
Eligibility and Performance Divisions
Students that are currently in school grades 3 through 12 [or students that are currently in the equivalent home school curriculum levels] will be able to compete in the divisions according to their current grade in school:
Elementary (grades 3 & 4)
Intermediate I (grades 5 & 6)
Intermediate II (grades 7 & 8)
Advanced I (grades 9 & 10)
Advanced II (grades 11 & 12)
The entry fee is $25 per student (non-refundable) with checks made payable to: Stephen F Austin School of Music
Entries should be postmarked by Friday, April 1, 2016.
(No entries accepted after this date!)
Go to music.sfasu.edu/pianosolo to find additional information, including the piano solo competition entry submission forms, competition eligibility requirements, preliminary round details and repertoire requirements.
The Kilgore College Bach Festival is held annually in order to offer area piano students the opportunity for formal adjudication of an original composition by Johann Sebastian Bach. The 2016 Festival will take place Saturday, February 27th, on the Kilgore College campus. Auditions will be from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., in the Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Building and winners will be posted Saturday afternoon. Outstanding students will be chosen to perform in the Bach Festival Performers’ Concert at 7:00 p.m. Saturday night, in the Van Cliburn Auditorium. It is the responsibility of the student or teacher to check the posting of performers.
Any original composition, excluding concerti by J.S. Bach is acceptable for the Festival. Music must be memorized. Each student should bring an original copy of the music for the judge. Copied music will not be allowed. Participants will receive a written critique and a certificate of participation. Trophies will be awarded to those selected who play on Saturday’s concert.
Each student entering the Festival should send the following information on a 3 x 5 index card: name, age, telephone number, teacher's name and mailing address, and name of the Bach composition. A non-refundable entry fee of $18 and a self-addressed, stamped envelope must accompany each index card. Failure to send in an index card for each student will result in disqualification of the student. Entries must be postmarked no later than February 12th, 2016. Checks should be made payable to Kilgore College Piano Club. Inquiries and entries should be addressed to Sandra Siler, Department of Music, Kilgore College, 1100 Broadway, Kilgore, Texas, 75662-3204. Phone: 903-983-8120.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also watch this video excerpt below from last year's Christmas Keyboard Extravaganza performance.
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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