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 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.
Acoustic excellence meets digital refinement. As soon as you touch the keys on the Casio Grand Hybrid, you will notice that it delivers the acoustic authenticity your musical performance demands. The revolutionary new Natural Grand Hammer Action keyboard is made with full-length wooden concert grand piano keys, using the same materials and processes that the C. Bechstein concert grand pianos do. Pressing a key sends a hammer along the same vertical path as that of a grand piano, with the same essential weighted action and pivot points, resulting in a true and uncompromising piano touch and feel.
Reproducing the sound of such an awesomely powerful instrument is not exactly a simple task to accomplish, but not only has Casio succeeded; they have gone so far as to offer sound profiles of three different, but long-established instrument styles for pianists to choose from. The first of these sounds, the Berlin Grand, has been developed in unison with the piano maker C. Bechstein, who has been building high quality, hand crafted pianos for over 150 years. Bechstein pianos are world renown for their refined clear sound and a resonance that gives each performance rich melodic color. The Vienna Grand style, on the other hand, provides a calm and stately sound with rich bass and beautiful tones when the keys are played softly, while the Hamburg style delivers gorgeous power and strength with plenty of string resonance.
The fact that the piano is digital gives it some distinct advantages beyond its portability and convenience. The scene feature, for instance, includes 15 different preset modes for different musical composers including Chopin and Liszt. This provides the best optimal tones and reverberation for each piece that is being played. Piano players can create their own presets as well. A hall simulator also recreates the experience of performing in a real concert venue.
Casio's Celviano Grand Hybrid is available in two models - the GP-500BP and the GP-300. Both the GP-500BP and GP-300 also feature a Grand Acoustic System that simulates the sound of a grand piano as it emanates from above and below the soundboard. The multi-channel amplification system creates an immersive sound field like that of a 9-foot concert grand for both the player and audience. A Headphone mode is also included to produce an ideal stereo sound while playing or practicing quietly.
Music From All Genres & All Ages Are Welcome To Audition!
AUDITIONS: Saturday, August 15, 2015
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM at Discount Music Center!!
Soloists & Groups up to 4 Members: Registration is a donation of: $25 per person (Late Registration Fee: $30 on the day of auditions if time is available after the registered auditions are completed)
Bands, Groups or Choirs with 5 or more members: Registration is a donation of $10 per person. Click here to submit your entry fee.
Virtual Audition: If you are unable attend the AUDITION in person but still plan to perform live on Sunday, August 30th at the Grand Finale if selected, then click here.
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Alim Beisembayev, who hails from Almaty, Kazakhstan, has won the first place prize at The Inaugural Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival that was held in Fort Worth, Texas. His award-winning performance of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 garnered him a cash award of $10,000 and a $2,000 scholarship. Alim started taking piano lessons when he was 5 years old, and he later moved to Great Britain in 2010 to attend the prestigious Purcell School for Young Musicians. He enjoys acting, ballroom dancing and learning new languages when he is not busy tickling the ivories.
Arsenii Mun, a 16 year old pianist from St. Petersburg Russia, was award the second place cash prize of $5,000 and a $2,000 scholarship for his virtuosity. Aesenii has been studying piano ever since the age of 6 and in 2010 he began attending the Special Musical School-Lyceum of the State Conservatory to further his studies with Professor Alexander Sandler. Arsenii enjoys playing chamber music during his spare time. In 2013, he performed in the chamber music festival Musica Muni in Brussels, Belgium.
Youlan Ji, who is 16 years old and originally from Beijing, China, received the third place cash prize of $2,500 along with a $2,000 scholarship as well. Youlan moved to New York City, in 2012, to attend The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division, where she studied music with Yoheved Kaplinsky. Miss Ji has performed in several recitals in Beijing, Shanghai and in New York. She also performed the Beethoven Second Concerto with Juilliard’s Pre-College Orchestra as the winner of its concerto competition. During her spare time, Youlan enjoys watching movies and swimming.
Several of this year’s competitors are from here in the USA, including Gregory Martin, a 17 year old from Houston, Texas, who took piano lessons in Bakersfield and Los Angeles, California, Misha Galant, also 17 years of age, from Northern California (He also enjoys studying math and is an accomplished swimmer.); and Anna Boonyanit, 16, also from Northern California. Anna is a big fan of the San Francisco Giants. When she isn’t busy playing the piano, she also writes for an arts and lifestyle magazine that is published by the school that she attends.
The deciding jury panel, that chose each of the winners in this year’s Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival, was overseen by the American concert pianist, Jon Nakamatsu, who was the 1st place winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1997.
Included below is a video of the 1st Cliburn International Junior Competition Final Round and Awards Ceremony.
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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