Rounds & Repertoire - Competitions 2022








There are 3 Rounds in the George Gershwin International Music Competition: Preliminary, Semifinal, and Final.

Competition application fee is $125 for soloists and Duos, applying as Chamber Ensemble.
Application fee for Trios: $150; Quartets - $175; Ensembles with 5 or more participants - $250.
Application fee for participation in Live Audition in Seoul is $185 ($125 + $60 setup fee)


PRELIMINARY SELECTION

Applicants must EITHER submit a Video Recording, OR participate in Gershwin Concert Series OR participate in the Live Preliminary Auditions either on:
March 16, 2022 in New York, USA
Sunday - May 1 (Strings/Ensembles) & Monday - May 2 (Piano), 2022 in Seoul, South Korea


VIDEO PRE-SELECTION

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 gershwincompetition@gmail.com.

There are 3 deadlines to submit your pre-selection recording:
December 22, 2021 - Cycle 1
February 15, 2022 - 11:59 PM - Cycle 2
May 1, 2022 - 11:59 PM - Final deadline of recording is extended for Pianists ages 18-36 and Chamber Ensembles only

3 Cycles of video pre-selection are independant auditions, and participants can choose any of the 3 days to apply by video. Several participants will be admitted to the Semifinal Round from each Video pre-selection cycle.

Timing of recording

Category 18 to 38 years of age: no less than 15 minutes and no more than 60 minutes of total time.
Category 13 to 17 years of age: no less than 10 minutes and no more than 30 minutes of total time.
Category 8 to 12 years of age: no less than 5 minutes and no more than 20 minutes of total time.
Important! It's not required to perform Gershwin works at Live Preliminary Audition or Preliminary Round Recording.

Recording rules

- Participants can submit 1 or several recordings, which fit the timing indicated for specific age category. Jury members can accept recordings which exceed performance time by 2-3 minutes (if needed).
- We don't have specific requirements to the camera angle, however we would like a recording to have a nice sound quality.
- The recording does NOT have to be made specifically for the Gershwin Competition. Due to Covid-19 pandemic, we now accept recording(s) made at earlier date(s).

LIVE AUDITION PRE-SELECTION

Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 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

The deadline to apply via Live Audition in New York is:
March 6, 2022

OR

Sunday - May 1 (Strings/Ensembles) & Monday - May 2 (Piano) 2022, Steinway & Sons Gallery, Seoul, South Korea.
Address: 서초구 반포대로25번 길 - Banpo-daero 25-gil, Seocho-gu
Live audition in Seoul is presented by EON International Music Academy


The deadline to apply via Live Audition Seoul, South Korea is:
April 28, 2022

Time requirements for Live Auditions

Category 18 to 38 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.


CONCERT SERIES PRE-SELECTION

March through May, 2022, various venues in New York, USA.
Dates/Times/Locations of Gershwin Concert Series are:

-March 16, 2022, Wednesday, 11:00AM - 3:00PM - Opera America, 330 7th avenue, 7th floor, New York City
-April 2, 2022, Saturday, 6:00 PM - Free Assemblies of God Cathedral, 156-15 Stanford Avenue, Flushing, Queens, New York
-April 3, 2022, Sunday, 4:00 PM - KingBay Y Hall - 3419 Nostrand Avenue (2nd floor), Brooklyn, New York
-April 17, 2022, Sunday, 4:00 PM - KingBay Y Hall - 3419 Nostrand Avenue (2nd floor), Brooklyn, New York
-May 15, 2022, Sunday, 7:00 PM - Christ & St. Stephen's Church, 120 West 69th Street, New York City

The deadline to apply via Concert Series is:
March 31, 2022

Time requirements for Live Auditions

Category 18 to 38 years of age: 15-20 minutes of performance time. Own choice of repertoire.
Category 13 to 17 years of age: 12-15 minutes of performance time. Own choice of repertoire.
Category 8 to 12 years of age: 8-12 minutes of performance time. Own choice of repertoire.
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 38)

SEMIFINAL ROUND (32 competitors maximum)

Each pianist will perform a short recital program not to exceed 15 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 Semifinal & Final rounds.

FINAL ROUND (8-12 competitors)

Each pianist will perform a recital program between 25 to 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 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.
Works from the previous rounds may be repeated.

Talent Show Category (Ages 7 to 12)

Talent Show participants perform both: Semifinal Round (10:30 AM on Saturday, June 11, 2022) and Final Round (6:00 PM on Tuesday, June 14, 2022).

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 Will compete in November 2022

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

Artists Category (Ages 18 to 38)

SEMIFINAL ROUND (36 competitors)

Each contestant 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 candidate and may includea transription of a work by George Gershwin. Performing Gershwin's work is NOT required, although we offer a special prize for the best performance of George Gershwin's work. 2 works chosen from the repertoire of the Preliminary Round may be repeated in the Semifinal Round.

FINAL ROUND (12 competitors)

Each contestant will perform a recital program between 25 and 35 minutes in length. The repertoire for this recital will consist of works chosen by the candidate. The program should demonstrate the candidate’s ability to present a stylistically diverse program. Works from the previous rounds may 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 candidate and may includea transription of a work by George Gershwin. Performing Gershwin's work is NOT required, although we offer a special prize for the best performance of George Gershwin's work. 2 works chosen from the repertoire of the Preliminary Round may be repeated in the Semifinal Round.

FINAL ROUND

Each contestant will perform a recital program between 15 and 20 minutes in length. The repertoire for this recital will consist of works chosen by the contestant. The program should demonstrate the candidate’s ability to present a stylistically diverse program. Works from the previous rounds may be repeated.

Talent Show Category (Ages 7 to 12)

1 Round only

Each contestant will perform a program between 8 and 12 minutes in length. The repertoire will consist of works chosen by the candidate and may include one work by George Gershwin or a transcription of music by George Gershwin.

Performing Gershwin's work is NOT required, although we offer a special prize for the best performance of George Gershwin's work.

New in 2022! CHAMBER ENSEMBLES

Any instrumental combination of 2 to 8 players in total, which may include piano.

Chamber Ensembles will compete June 7-15, 2022.
There is only 1 category in Chamber Ensembles.
The average age of an ensembles is 35 years of age or younger.

SEMIFINAL ROUND REPERTOIRE.

1-3 compositions chosen by the contestants, with timing not to exceed 15 minutes.

FINAL ROUND REPERTOIRE.

2-4 compositions chosen by the contestants, with timing not to exceed 30 minutes.

It's NOT a requirement to perform Gershwin work or a transcription in either round.
2 works chosen from the repertoire of the Preliminary Round may be repeated in the Semifinal Round.


WINDS & BRASS INSTRUMENTS

Bassoon~Clarinet~Saxophone~Flute~Oboe

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

Winds & Brass will compete in November 2022.
Repertoire will be similar to season 2017. For repertoire requirements, click HERE


VOICE

Vocalists will compete in November 2022.
Repertoire will be similar to season 2017. For repertoire requirements, click HERE

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