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District Audition

May 17 All day


Instrumentalists, including
Pianists: pre-K to 12th grade
Voice: 14 years old to 12th grade  

If the applicant has studied less than one school year (30+ weeks) with the present teacher as of May 31, 2021, the applicant also needs a written consent from the previous teacher.

Two selections, each from a contrasting period — Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, Post-1921.  Pianists must play by memory.

One movement of a larger work serves as one piece — please do not submit more than one movement for each selection.  Applicants may perform a third piece for an extra two Award points.  

Students who wish to play only one piece (with or without music) and pianists performing two pieces while using the music are welcome to audition for an evaluation only.  Evaluations will offer detailed comments from the judges, but will not include a grade.  These students will be given two Awards points and a participation certificate.  

*Please, no double-bar repeats unless the composition is less than 30 seconds. Repeats with 1st and 2nd endings may be played.              **Transcriptions are permitted, but simplified arrangements are not accepted.
***Instrumentalists are not required to have an accompaniment. However, if they wish, they may record their audition with a pre-recorded accompaniment. 

1. Make one video with the repertoire from the application form.  The pieces do not have to be recorded in one take, however, they must be put together in one  video. Important: the performance must be recorded no earlier than April 25, 2021.  
2. Upload the video to YouTube and make sure to set the Privacy setting as “Unlisted”.  You will need to have the Youtube link information for the application.
3. Upload a pdf of the music scores performed on the video. You will need this for the application as well.

Less than 8 minutes –member $20, non member $25
8-14 Minutes –member $25, non-member $30
15+ Minutes – member $30, non_member $35

Non-member registration fee: $75 per teacher

(Application form will be available on May 2nd, 2020)

Only applications and payments from members/teachers will be accepted. Applications/Payments received from parents/families will be discarded. There has been a continuing issue of families filling out applications incorrectly and not sending payments so as to make our volunteer efforts much more difficult. So please fill out applications yourself and try to make a single payment of all of your students through PayPal. When you are making a payment, please type your students’ names in the note so that we know the payment is for which students.   

The panel of judges will be given the student’s age and years of study.  Since judges vary in personality and taste and are giving their personal impression of a single performance, there may be substantial differences in evaluations from judge to judge and from season to season. However, they will not penalize the applicant for the instrument’s flaw such as out-of-tune piano, due to the social distancing mandate. We must accept, if not necessarily agree with, these differing opinions!

A numerical grade will be given in addition to a color award.
Gold award grades will range from 95 to 99 (with 100 reserved for extraordinary performances);
Silver from 90 to 94; Red from 85 to 89;
Green from 80 to 84. 
*Scores which average to 1 will be moved up to the next higher grade. 
Gold and Silver award students will have the opportunity to perform at the District Award Concerts. One concert piece will be chosen by judges from each student’s program.
**Due to COVID situation, the Award Concerts may not take place


The judges will be using the following guidelines for the grades and awards:

GOLD (95, 96, 97, 98, 99) – Outstanding performance played with expression, style, technical security and poise. Any missed notes do not disturb the flow. Instrumentalists and vocalists show mastery of intonation. Repertoire is appropriate for age and seasons studied. Both are very well mastered and ready for public performance. Merits 5 points in District Award. Program.

SILVER (90, 91, 92, 93, 94) – Superior performance, well prepared and executed. Perhaps one or two musical or technical elements are not quite mastered, or there is a brief memory or technical slip. Instrumentalists demonstrate a pleasing level of intonation. Merits 4 points in District Award Program.

RED (85, 86, 87, 88, 89) – Commendable performance with moments of beauty. Although there is some work worth noting, student may appear unnerved, or at times perform hesitantly. Instrumentalists and vocalists may show lapses in intonation. Merits 3 points in District Award Program.

GREEN (80, 81, 82, 83, 84) – Pieces are performed with limited awareness of style and little attention to musical and technical elements.  Possible memory problems.  All three pieces not ready for public performance. Merits 2 points in Award Program.

SEASONS STUDIED means teaching season – not years, not the total number of lessons.  We realize that there are inequalities here – that some students study only 32 or 36 weeks in a season and others perhaps as much as 48 weeks.  A student who began lessons in the fall of 2000 would have completed 4  seasons by May 2005.  It does not matter whether the student took just 4 weeks off during the summer or 3 months off during the summer.  It’s not 100 % fair, but nothing in life is 100 % fair!

ANY QUESTIONS you may send an email to nysmtadistrict4@gmail.com



May 17, 2021


Tomoko Uchino


NY United States