Rounds & Repertoire








PRELIMINARY SELECTION

Applicants must EITHER submit a Video Recording OR Participate in one of the Live Pre-selection Auditions around the World.


VIDEO SUBMISSIONS

Applicants must submit a performance recording of repertoire of the candidate’s choice. Each work on the video must be continuous and unedited performance. Recordings may be paused between each repertoire selection or recorded on the different venues/dates.
If an applicant is selected to participate in the competition, repertoire performed in performance video of the preliminary round may be repeated in the subsequent main rounds. For details, please see the Competition Rounds Section below. The recording can be submitted as a single DVD, sent by mail with a completed application form, or uploaded through the Gershwin Music Competition online application link. Links to online recordings (Youtube) can be also be emailed to globe333@hotmail.com. Recordings must be received by the deadline: October 16, 2019 - 11:59 PM.

Time of recording

Category 18 to 37 years of age: no less than 15 minutes and no more than 60 minutes of total listening time.
Category 13 to 17 years of age: no less than 10 minutes and no more than 30 minutes of total listening time.
Category 8 to 12 years of age: no less than 5 minutes and no more than 20 minutes of total listening time.

LIVE PRE-SELECTION AUDITION

Saturday, October 26, 2019, 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM: The National Opera America Center, New York, USA.
Address: 330 7th Ave 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001

Time requirements for Live Auditions

Category 18 to 37 years of age: no more than 15 minutes of performance time.
Category 13 to 17 years of age: no more than 12 minutes of performance time.
Category 8 to 12 years of age: no more than 8 minutes of performance time.
Important! It's not required to perform Gershwin works at Live Preliminary Audition or Preliminary Round Recording


COMPETITION ROUNDS


PIANO

Artists Category (Ages 18 to 37)

SEMIFINAL ROUND (30 competitors)

Each pianist will perform a short recital program not to exceed 20 minutes in length. The repertoire for this recital will consist of works chosen by the pianist and may include one work by George Gershwin. Gershwin work(s) can be composer's original composition, or it can be a transcription on a composition by George Gershwin. Best performance of Gershwin's work will be eligible to receive special prize.
It's NOT a requirement to perform Gershwin work.
2 works chosen from the repertoire of the Preliminary Round may be repeated in the Semifinal Round.

FINAL ROUND (12 competitors)

Each pianist will perform a recital program between 25 and 35 minutes in length. The repertoire for this recital will consist of works chosen by the pianist. The program should demonstrate the candidate’s ability to present a stylistically diverse program.
Works from the previous rounds may NOT be repeated.

Young Artists Category (Ages 13 to 17)

SEMIFINAL ROUND

Each pianist will perform a short recital program between 10 and 15 minutes in length. The repertoire for this recital will consist of works chosen by the pianist and may include one or more works by George Gershwin. Gershwin work(s) can be composer's original composition, or it can be a transcription on a composition by George Gershwin. The best performance of Gershwin's work will be eligible to receive special prize.
It's NOT a requirement to perform Gershwin work.
2 works chosen from the repertoire of the Preliminary Round may be repeated in the Semifinal Round.

FINAL ROUND

Each pianist will perform a recital program between 18 and 20 minutes in length. The repertoire for this recital will consist of works chosen by the pianist. The program should demonstrate the candidate’s ability to present a stylistically diverse program.
1 work from the previous rounds may be repeated.

Talent Show Category (Ages 8 to 12)

Talent Show participants perform both: Preliminary Round and Final Round (10:00 AM on Saturday, November 9, 2019).

Each pianist will perform a program between 8 and 12 minutes in length.
The repertoire will consist of works chosen by the pianist and may include one work by George Gershwin.
It's possible to repeat some or all pieces performed in the Preliminary Round.


STRING INSTRUMENTS

Violin~Viola~Cello~Double Bass~Harp~Guitar

String Instrumentalists will compete in 2020.
Repertoire will be similar to season 2017. For repertoire requirements 2017, click HERE

WINDS & BRASS INSTRUMENTS

Bassoon~Clarinet~Saxophone~Flute~Oboe

English Horn~French Horn~Saxophone~Trombone~Trumpet~Tuba

Winds & Brass will compete in 2020.
Repertoire will be similar to season 2017. For repertoire requirements 2017, click HERE


VOICE

Vocalists will compete in 2020.
Repertoire will be similar to season 2017. For repertoire requirements 2017, click HERE

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