Student Competition

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Application Deadline: Friday, March 10

The URI Piano Extravaganza! will hold an adjudicated competition open to pianists who have not yet entered college. Each performer will receive a certificate and judge’s written comments. Gift items are exchanged at the end of the competition based on the number of stickers earned by attending concerts and/or listening to other competitors during the weekend.

Each performer is placed in a division based on the age and how many years he/she has studied piano.  In some cases students may compete in a higher or lower division than listed below in order to balance the length the competition in each division.  Thank you for your understanding.
Peewee Pianists (generally up to Grade 3 or 4)
Little Pianists (generally Grades 4-6)
Junior Pianists (generally Grades 6-8)
Senior Pianists (generally Grades 9-12)

There will be an honors recital for top-rated competitors held on Sunday, April 9, 2017 in at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church,

How to Apply: 

  1. Mail a check for $40 made payable to “University of Rhode Island” to:

URI Piano Extravaganza!
University of Rhode Island Department of Music
105 Upper College Road
Kingston, RI 02881

The fee is non-refundable.  Please be sure to write the name of the participant on the check!

2. Fill out the online registration form.  Once you register, you cannot change pieces or cancel.  Please make sure that the application form is filled out the way you intended.

The online registration must be completed by Friday, March 10, 2017.  The check must be postmarked by that date.  Late registration will be accepted based on time availability with a late fee of $30.

Online Registration

You need to prepare a memorized 10-15 minute solo program of works from various styles – Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, or Modern/Contemporary (Grades 1-5 may prepare a shorter program between 8 to 12 minutes). List the names of the composers and the titles of the compositions including the keys and opus numbers, if appropriate. Please prepare music originally written for the piano.  Easy arrangements and arrangements of popular themes are discouraged.

Competition: 

Senior Pianists Division (Concert Hall, Steinway concert grand piano)
Each performer will prepare a program consisting of 10-15 minutes of music from at least two contrasting stylistic periods.

1st Prize – $200
2nd Prize – $100
3rdPrize – $50

Junior Pianists Division (Rehearsal Hall, Steinway concert grand piano)
Each performer will prepare a program consisting of 10-15 minutes of music from at least two contrasting stylistic periods.

Best Performance Prize – $50

Little Pianists Division (Classroom, Boston grand piano)
Each performer will prepare a program consisting of 8-12 minutes of music from at least two contrasting stylistic periods.  (A program consisting of fewer and longer pieces will be preferred to many extremely short pieces).

Best Performance Prize – $25

Peewee Pianists Division (Studio, Steinway grand piano)

Each performer will prepare a program consisting of 5-10 minutes of music from at least two contrasting stylistic periods.  (A program consisting of fewer and longer pieces will be preferred to many extremely short pieces).

Best Performance Certificate

All monetary awards are distributed in a form of gift cards (Amazon, iTunes, etc.) In addition, there will be several awards given to those who show a special quality. Here is the list of possible awards:

Bach Award for Most Intelligent Interpretation
Beethoven Award for Most Dramatic Playing
Chopin Award for Most Sensitive Playing
Debussy Award for Most Picturesque Playing
Gershwin Award for Most Stylish Playing
Haydn Award for Most Witty Playing
Liszt Award for the Best Fingers
Mozart Award for the Youngest Performer/Most Promising
Rachmaninoff Award for the Greatest Showmanship
Schubert Award for Most Lyrical Playing
Schumann Award for Most Rhapsodic Playing
Tchaikovsky Award for Most Grandiose Playing

 

Competition Rules:

– Contestants must provide a copy of the music they intend to perform at the time of the audition.

– All Jurors’ decisions are final.
– Contestants are asked to attend the closing ceremony.
– Contestants accept the rules of the competition by submitting an application.