COMPETITION PROCEDURE

PRIOR TO COMPETITION

  • Students will participate in a SKYPE Masterclass with the 2017 NMNYAC Featured Composer to ask questions about the new piece and receive direct insight on their expected performance practices of the piece.

ROUND ONE

  • Round is screened and not open to the public
  • Senior Piano Division: Pianists will be asked to play their Bach Prelude and Fugue, and judges choice from the classical and romantic pieces. Pianists will not perform the NMNYAC Original Composition in this round. The round will not exceed ten minutes.
  • Junior Piano Division: Pianists will be asked to perform both pieces, excluding the NMNYAC Composition piece. The round will not exceed ten minutes.

ROUND TWO

  • Round is screened and not open to the public
  • Senior and Junior Piano Division: For those who qualify, pianists will perform judges choice and the NMNYAC Original Piece. The round will not exceed twenty minutes.
  • ART Piece Round: Those who do not receive an invitation for Round II, can compete with the original composition. Round is screened and not open to the public

TALK WITH MARY SAUER AND 2017 NMNYAC FEATURED COMPOSER

  • Q&A with Mary Sauer (Principal Pianist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and the 2017 NMNYAC Featured Composer

MASTERCLASSES

  • Finalists will have an opportunity to work in a masterclass setting with the 2017 NMNYAC Featured Composer 

ROUND THREE

  • Round is open to the public
    • Senior Piano Division: From their competition repertoire a program, pianists will choose to perform a program not to exceed thirty minutes, which includes the NMNYAC Piece
    • Junior Piano Division: Play competition repertoire in their entirety