Competition

The 28th United States International Music Competition

VIDEO COMPETITION 2021

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.

CATEGORIES: Piano (Solo, Duet, and Concerto), Violin, Viola, Cello, Classical Chamber Ensemble (Western Instruments), Vocal (Solo and Ensemble), Marimba (Solo and Ensemble), and Traditional Chinese Instruments categories are held annually. Woodwinds are also included in the 2021 competition categories.

AGE GROUPS FOR ALL AWARDS DIVISIONS: Eligibility for each group will be determined by the contestant’s age as of
June 1, 2021. 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 Woodwinds Classical Chamber Ensemble Piano Duet, Piano Concerto Vocal Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble
A Age 11 or under Age 12 or under *Age 12 or under
B Age 14 or under Age 15 or under *Age 18 or under
C Age 18 or under Age 18 or under *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

Competition:

● Online Registration and Video Submission Deadline:August 31, 2021

Winners Announcement:

● Winners will be announced after October 11, 2021

THREE AWARD CATEGORIES:

REPERTOIRE Rules:

  • Each piece is required to be performed in its entirety (No repeat)—with cadenza if applicable.
  • No limit to music length.
  • Memorization is required. (Except Classical Chamber music and Piano Duet)
  • Accompaniment is mandatory for all instruments, except originally is unaccompanied.
  • No simplified music allowed. Music CANNOT be edited or cut.
  • The music for piano, strings, and vocal must be original compositions written specifically for the instruments. Arrangement for other instruments must be published and purchased from a reputable source. The committee reserves the right to approve.

I. YOUNG ARTIST AWARDS:

  • Winners from each instrumental group will be awarded the following: (Age groups refer to page 1)
  • 1st Place: USD $300, Trophy, Certificate
  • 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

PIANO/ PIANO DUET/ VIOLIN/ VIOLA/ CELLO/ MARIMBA / WOODWINDS:

  • Two contrasting pieces from different music periods. One piece must be from either the Baroque orthe Classical period.

PIANO CONCERTO:

  • One piece (one movement ONLY)

CLASSICAL CHAMBER ENSEMBLE / PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE:

  • One piece (one movement ONLY)
  • No duets. Sonata music is excluded
  • Maximum 6 people in each group. (groups’ age is determined by the oldest contestant)
  • Classical Western Instrumental Music only.

VOCAL: including solo and ensemble categories.

  • Two pieces (No restrictions on music style and the type of accompaniment)
  • Vocal ensemble: Maximum 6 people in each group.

CHINESE INSTRUMENTS (SOLO ONLY):

  • String and Wind: Erhu, Di, Xiao, Sheng, Suona, Hulusi
  • Plucked and Percussion: Guzheng, Pipa, Luiqin, Ruan, Sanxian, Yangqin (Dulcimer)
  • Two contrasting pieces. One piece must be traditional Chinese music.

II. CHINESE MUSIC AWARD:

  • The purpose of the Chinese Music Award is to promote Chinese composers’ compositions.
  • The Chinese Music Award is only for Western instruments solo and vocal solo,
  • One piece (one movement ONLY.) Each piece is required to be performed in its entirety
  • Contestants can choose to compete in this individual award only. The application fee is chargedseparately for this award.
  • AWARDS:
    1. 1st Place: USD $150, Trophy, Certificate
    2. 2nd place: Medals, Certificate
    3. 3rd Place: Medals, Certificate
    4. All winners’ instructors will receive the Certificate of Recognition
  • J & V Foundation & CMTANC Commission Project Award
    1. If the contestant selects the composition from the J & V Foundation & CMTANC Commission Project and wins First Place, the J & V Foundation will reward USD $150 scholarship in addition to the Chinese Music Award.
    2. These compositions include: Music for violin, cello, piano, marimba and flute by Ming Hsiu Yen/ RuoHwang/Chiung Ying Chang/Sarana Chou/Hao-Yuan Chiu/and Ke Chia Chen (2021 J&V music commission project)
    3. To request the music, please visit our website USIMC.ORG/J&V Commission

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

  • The purpose of the Special Theme Award is to promote specific western composers.
  • The Special Theme Award is only for Western instruments solo and vocal solo
  • One piece (one movement ONLY.) Each piece is required to be performed in its entirety
  • For the Mozart Award, Violin music is limited to sonatas.
  • Contestants can choose to compete in this individual award only. The application fee is charged separately for this award.
  • AWARDS:
    1. 1st Place: USD $150, Trophy, Certificate

    2. 2nd place: Medals, Certificate
    3. 3rd Place: Medals, Certificate
    4. All winners’ instructors will receive the Certificate of Recognition.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

• The registration opens on August 1, 2021 on www.usimc.org. The deadline is August 31, 2021.
• Only accept ONLINE registration
• Submit Proof of age (photocopy of driver’s license, passport or birth certificate) online required.
• Application Fee (USD) :
• Instrumental SOLO: Young Artist Award, Special Theme Award or Chinese Music Award:
▪ $80.00 per contestant, per category (students of Active CMTANC members)
▪ $110.00 per contestant, per category (students of Non-CMTANC members)
• Chamber Ensemble or Vocal Ensemble:
▪ $50 per contestant (coached by Active CMTANC members)
▪ $60 per contestant (coached by Non-CMTANC members)
• Video Upload Requirement:
• The Video must be recorded after June 1, 2021
• Video clips must be recorded from one, single camera angle and must have good lighting/visibility of the performer. Editing is not permitted. (Please see visual examples of video frames at the end of the Rules.)
• No announcement at the beginning of the video
• Dress Code: formal attire
• The uploaded files must be set up to UNLISTED on YouTube.com or YouKu.com.
• Young Artist Award, the two video clips must be uploaded separately
• Please upload one PDF file for each piece and must include the cover or purchasing receipt for proof,
unless it’s Chinese music or without a published edition.
• All fees are non-refundable
• $45 will be charged if the application has missing documents or any errors.
• All contestants pay an application fee ONLINE ONLY via the registration system..
• If a contestant is entering more than one category, the total fee for all categories entered may be included in one transaction.
• The All video links must be provided in the Registration Form. Once the Application is submitted and the deadline is met, the music selections/titles cannot be changed.
• Please visit www.usimc.org for more information. For questions, contact us by email: info@usimc.org or +1(408) 681-9928

GENERAL RULES:

1. Past First Place winners cannot register again for the same group of that instrumental category.
2. Contestants may register for multiple instrumental categories.
3. No changes in repertoire are allowed after the deadline.
4. 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 winners.
5. All judges’ decisions are final. 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.
6. No comments sheet regarding the contestant’s performance will be provided by the judges.
7. In the event of a tie, each winner will receive a trophy and share the scholarship.
8. Winners will need to pick up their awards (trophies, certificates and prizes) at a designated location/dates. For mailing services, a handling & shipping fee will be charged: $50 domestic in the US and $70 international.
9. Each contestant hereby gives USIMC and CMTANC permission to use the recording, duplicate, distribute, and/or modify.
10. 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 competition.

Visual Demo of How to Frame Your Video:

*Pianists need to show their keyboard and the pedals.

*String players need to show the finger board and bow.

*Wind players need to show their waist up view

* Vocalists need to show a waist up view.

*Marimba players need to show full marimba keyboard

* For Chinese Instrument players need to show the whole instrument as below.