Competetion

The 27th United States International Music Competetion

ABOUT: The United States International Music Competition is organized by the United States International Music Foundation affiliated with the Chinese Music Teachers’ Association of Northern California, a non-profit organization. This competition provides young musicians with an opportunity to exhibit their talents and reward their hard work, as well as to encourage them to appreciate cross-cultural exchanges .

 

ELIGIBILITY: Contestants of all nationalities.No Age Limit. Past First Place winners may not compete in an age group that they have won previously. However, they may elect to compete in another age-appropriate group.

 

INSTRUMENT CATEGORIES: Piano (Solo, Duet, and Concerto), Violin, Viola, Cello, Classical Chamber Ensembles (Western Instruments), Vocal (Solo and Ensemble), Marimba, and Traditional Chinese Instruments categories are held annually. Harp and Classical Guitar are also included in the 2020 competition categories.

 

AGE GROUPS: Eligibility for each group will be determined by the contestant’s age as of May 20, 2020. Each instrument category has different age groups.

 

Category & Age groups Piano Violin Viola Cello Vocal
A Age 9 or under Age 9 or under Age 14 or under Age 11 or under Age 9 or under
B Age 11 or under Age 13 or under Age 18 or under Age 14 or under Age 12 or under
C Age 14 or under Age 18 or under Age 19 or above Age 18 or under Age 14 or under
D Age 18 or under Age 19 or above   Age 19 or above Age 18 or under
E Age 19 or above       Age 19 or above
 

Category & Age groups

 

Marimba

 

Harp

 

Celtic Harp

 

Classical Guitar

Piano Duet Piano Concerto Classical Chamber

Vocal Ensemble

A Age 11 or under Age 12 or under Age 18 or under Age 13 or under *Age 12 or under
B Age 14 or under Age 15 or under Age 19 or above Age 18 or under *Age 18 or under
C Age 18 or under Age 18 or under   Age 19 or above *Age 19 or above
D Age 19 or above Age 19 or above *Ensemble group is determined by the oldest contestant in the group

 

  Traditional Chinese Instruments
Category & Age groups  

Plucked String

 

Bowed Strings & Woodwinds

A Age 14 or under
B Age 18 or under
C Age 19 or above

 

Final competition (Live Round)

  • Date: Saturday & Sunday, July 18-19, 2020
  • Location: San Jose State University Music Hall
  • Competition winners will be announced when the result is finalized

 

The Winners’ Concerts  and Award Ceremonies

  • Date: Sunday, July 26, 2020
  • Location: San Jose State University Music Hall

 

THREE AWARD CATEGORIES:

  1. YOUNG ARTIST AWARDS:
  • Preliminary video round: due on May 20, 2020. (including chamber ensemble)
  • Winners from each instrumental group will be awarded the following:
    • 1st Place: USD $300, Trophy, Certificate, and performance at the Winners Recital
    • 2nd Place: USD $150, Trophy, Certificate
    • 3rd Place: USD $100, Trophy, Certificate
    • Honorable Places: Medals, Certificate
    • All winners’ instructors will receive the Certificate of Recognition
  • No limit to music length. However, the live performance time will be determined by the

 

II.  CHINESE MUSIC AWARD:

  • The purpose of the Chinese Music Award is to promote Chinese Music and
  • The Chinese Music Award is only for Western instruments solo and vocal solo.
  • NOT open to instrumental ensemble, vocal ensembles, piano concerto and Chinese Traditional Instruments.
  • Contestants can only compete in this individual category, which is organized into the same instrument or vocal age
  • Please note that the Chinese music piece does not require preliminary video The competition for the Chinese Music Award will take place on the same days as the final round.
  • No limit to music However, the live performance time will be determined by the judges, and performance time will be limited to 6 minutes.
    • Application fee is charged separately for this

●      AWARDS:

  • 1st Place: USD $150, Trophy, Certificate, and performance at the Winners Recital
  • 2nd place: Medals, Certificate
  • 3rd Place: Medals, Certificate
  • All winners’ instructors will receive the Certificate of Recognition
  • J & V Foundation & CMTANC Commissioning Project Award
    • If the contestant selects the composition from the J & V Foundation & CMTANC Commissioning Project and wins First Place, the J & V Foundation will reward USD $150 scholarship in addition to the Chinese Music
    • These compositions includes: FANTASY AMOUR for piano, FLOATING CLOUDS for violin, AMIS’ FEAST for violin, FLOATING CLOUDS for cello, DANCE TO THE MOON for cello and music for violin, cello, and marimba are composed by Hao-Yuan
    • To request the music, please email: commissionproject@cmtanc.org.

 

III.   SPECIAL THEME AWARD – J.S. Bach or W. A. Mozart:

  • The purpose of the Special Theme Award is to promote specific western The theme may vary yearly.
  • For Mozart, violin music is only limited to sonatas
  • The Special Theme Award is only for Western instruments solo and vocal solo.
  • NOT open to instrumental ensemble, vocal ensembles , piano concerto and Chinese Traditional Instruments.
  • Contestants can compete only in this individual category, which is organized into the same instrument or vocal age
  • The music for the piano, strings, and vocal must be originally composed for the The music for other instruments must be published. The committee reserves the right to approve.
  • Please note that the Special Theme Award does not require preliminary video The competition for the Special Theme Award will take place on the same days as the final round.
  • No limit to music length; and no cut for original However, the live performance time is determined by the judges, and performance time will be limited to 6 minutes.
  • Application fee is charged separately for this

●      AWARDS:

  • 1st Place: USD $150, Trophy, Certificate, and performance at the Winners Recital
  • 2nd place: Medals, Certificate

 

  • 3rd Place: Medals, Certificate
  • All winners’ instructors will receive the Certificate of Recognition.

 

 

COMPETITION PROCEDURE:

  • Preliminary Video Round (Young Artist Awards only): Contestants will be evaluated in the preliminary round based on two performance video clips. The two submitted clips must be selected from the listed repertoire below. Each piece is required to be performed in its entirety in the video submission—with cadenza if applicable. No piece may be entered more than once in the
  • Uploaded preliminary videos: Video clips must be recorded from one, single camera angle and must have good lighting/visibility of the Editing is not permitted. No piano accompaniment needed in the video (except for vocal) The two separate video clips shall be uploaded on YouTube.com or YouKu.com.
  • Deadline: By May 20, 2020.
  • Finalists will be posted on usimc.org by June 20, 2020.
  • Final Round instructions for finalists will be notified by
  • Final Round Pieces need to be the same as the preliminary Changing pieces is not allowed.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Online registration for USIMC begins on April 10, 2020 on www.usimc.org.

The registration deadline is May 20, 2020.

  1. Proof of age (photocopy of driver’s license, passport or birth certificate) must be brought for check-in on Final Audition Day (no need to submit for this year)
  2. Application Fee: Young Artist Award categories, Special Theme Award or Chinese Music Award: (USD)
    • $80.00 per contestant, per category (students of Active CMTANC members)
    • $110.00 per contestant, per category (students of Non-CMTANC members)
    • $130.00 per international contestant, per category

 

Chamber Ensemble or Vocal Ensemble:

  • $50 per contestant (coached by Active CMTANC members)
  • $60 per contestant (coached by Non-CMTANC members)
  • $70 per international contestant

 

  1. All contestants pay application fee ONLINE ONLY via the registration All fees are non-refundable.

$45 will be charged if application has missing documents or any errors.

 

  • If contestant is entering more than one category, the total fees for all categories entered may be included in one

 

  • The two video links for the Young Artist Award Category must be provided in the Registration Once the Application is submitted and the deadline is met, the music selections/titles cannot be changed.
  • Please visit usimc.org for more information. For questions, contact us by email: info@usimc.org or

+1(408) 681-9928

 

YOUNG ARTIST AWARD – REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENT: (Preliminary Video All Needed)

PIANO/ PIANO DUET/ VIOLIN/ VIOLA/ CELLO/ Marimba:

  • Contestants must select two original and contrasting pieces from different music One piece must be from either the Baroque or the Classical period. The other piece must be from Romantic or Contemporary periods.
  • No simplified music allowed. Music CANNOT be edited or
  • Selections of music must be the same for both Preliminary and Final
  • No limit to music length. However, the live performance time is determined by the judges, and performance time of the 2 selections of music is limited to:
Group Piano Piano Duet Violin Viola Cello Marimba
A 8 minutes 10 minutes 8 minutes 10 minutes 10 minutes 6 minutes

 

B 10 minutes 12 minutes 10 minutes 15 minutes 12 minutes 8 minutes
C 12 minutes 15 minutes 15 minutes 15 minutes 15 minutes 10 minutes
D 15 minutes   15 minutes   15 minutes 15 minutes
E 15 minutes          

 

Classical Chamber Music:

  • No limit to music However, the live performance time is determined by the judges, and performance time is limited to 12 minutes.
  • Only one movement and no memorization
  • Preliminary Video recording
  • Maximum 6 people in each

 

PIANO CONCERTO:

  • Only need one movement of any standard piano concerto repertoire
  • No limit to music However, the live performance time is determined by the judges, and performance time is limited to 12 minutes.

●     Preliminary Video recording required. ( without accompanist)

  • Memorization for the whole piece is

 

VOCAL: including solo and ensemble categories.

Vocal ensemble: Maximum 6 people in each group.

  1. Contestants must enter two
    • There are no restrictions on language or
    • Total time for both selections should not exceed 6 minutes; both should be performed from
    • The two selections for the final round must be the same as the two selections entered in the Preliminary Round.
    • Accompaniment is optional in the Preliminary

2.     Final round:

  • Accompaniment is mandatory unless the song is a
  • No restrictions on the type of accompaniment, contestants may bring CD
  • If a piano accompaniment is needed, contestant can choose either an accompanist from USIMC’s approved list or pre-recorded

 

Classical Guitar:

Group A One free choice, should not exceed 5 minutes and the following:

Etude Op. 35 No. 14 (March in A minor) by Fernando Sor

Group B One free choice, should not exceed 8 minutes and the following:

Mazurka Choro (No. 1 from Suite Populaire Brasillenne) by Heitor Villa-Lobos

Group C One free choice, should not exceed 10 minutes and the following:

Madronos by Federico Moreno Torroba

 

HARP/CELTIC HARP:

Group A One free choice, should not exceed 5 minutes and the following: Marguerite Douleureuse au Rouet (No. 2), Op. 26, by Albert Zabel Quietude, by Carlos Salzedo

Any from Graded Recital Series Harp Solo Volume 1, 2, 3, 4 by S. McDonald & L. Wood

Group B One free choice, should not exceed 7 minutes and the following:

Valse de Concert, by Alph. Hasselmans

Variations on a Theme of Mozart, by Mikhail Glinka

Lolita la Danseuse or La Volière Magique, from Images, by Marcel Tournier

Group C One free choice, should not exceed 10 minutes and the following:

The Harmonious Blacksmith, by G. F. Handel/C. Salzedo

La Danse de Sylphes, by Felix Godefroid

Contemplation, by Henriette Renié

Group D One free choice, should not exceed 12 minutes and the following:

 

  Le Rossignol, by Franz Liszt/H. Renié

Sérénade, Op. 83, by Elias Parish Alvars

Rhapsodie, op. 10, by Marcel Grandjany

Celtic Harp One free choice, should not exceed 5 minutes and one of the following:

Any from Les Petits Pas Harpe Celtique, Automates or Danses D’Automne, by Benard Andrès Any from Counterpieces (4 pieces pour harpe celtique), by Jean-Michel Damase

Carnival (Who Says I Need Black Keys), Anonymous/S. Yu

 

TRADITIONAL CHINESE INSTRUMENTS (SOLO ONLY):

  • Contestant’s two contesting pieces must be from different musical styles with one piece required to be traditional Chinese
  • Time limit of the 2 selections of music:
Group A 12 minutes
Group B/C 15 minutes

 

 

RULES:

 

  1. Past First Place winners cannot register again for the same group of that instrumental
  2. No accompaniment is permitted for all instruments except vocals in the Preliminary Round (in the two video clips uploaded to YouTube.com or com).
  3. Providing the original purchased music is mandatory. Contestants are required to bring the

non-photocopied music. If the music is purchased from online databases, please print and attach your online or emailed purchase receipt to the final competition, with the exception of Chinese pieces.

  1. No simplified or edited music can be used for competition in all
  2. Contestants may register for multiple instrumental
  3. No changes in repertoire are allowed after the
  4. In the Final Round, all repertoire, except the Classical Chamber, must be performed from memory and in complete form. No
  5. Due to the time limit, the judges reserve the right to stop or interrupt the contestant during the final audition. This will not affect the
  6. All Finalists must exclusively use official accompanists appointed by the Competition Parent/coach/teacher is not allowed to be the accompanist of his/her own child/student/group.
  7. Winners will be chosen from the finalists in each group. However, if none of the finalists meet the standard, the judges reserve the right to declare no
  8. All judges’ decisions are Contestants – Parents/guardians cannot appeal the final decision of the judges. If any contact with the judges is discovered, the contestants or winners will be disqualified.
  9. No comments sheet regarding contestant’s performance will be provided by the
  10. In the event of a tie, each winner will receive a trophy and share the
  11. The judges will decide the Winners Recital
  12. The awards will be presented at the Winners’ Recitals. An additional mailing and handling charge ($45 domestic in the US; $60 international) will apply to all mailing requests after the Winners’
  13. Each contestant hereby gives USIMC and CMTANC permission to record, use, duplicate, distribute, and/or modify creatively, derivative works for public display of the contestant’s performance in the audition and competition.
  14. Subject to the limitations by applicable laws and regulations, each contestant waives any and all claims or actions against USIMC-CMTANC, CMTANC and its judges, staff, officers, directors, and volunteers that have arisen and/or may arise from Competitor’s participation in the audition and