Solo Competition

2021 KASTA Solo Competition ONLINE Entry Form

WHAT
The KASTA State Solo Competition seeks to recognize exceptional talent in our state at three levels: the Preparatory Division (Grades 8 and below), Junior Division (Grades 9-12), and the Senior Division (applicants must be enrolled in a college/university at any level, undergraduate or graduate, and be 29 years old or younger).

WHEN/WHERE
The competition will take place virtually this year.  Video submissions must be entered by January 18, 2021. 

PRIZES
One winner from each division (Preparatory, Junior, and Senior) will be selected. All first-place videos will be shown at the Virtual KASTA Luncheon at the Virtual KMEA Inservice Workshop. In addition, the following prizes will be awarded by KASTA:

Preparatory Division:
First place: $75
Second place: $25

Junior Division:
First place: $300
Second place: $75

Senior Division:
First place: $500
Second place: $75

STIPULATIONS 

  1. Fill out the online application form and submit your unlisted YouTube video link.
  2. Email your score to lillian_green@friends.edu
  3. Mail the $15 entry fee (check made out to KASTA or cash) to Dr. Lillian Green; the submission deadline is January 18, 2021, and the fee must be postmarked by that date. Please write the name of the performer in the memo line of the check.
  4. Past state solo competition prize winners are not eligible to re-apply in the division they previously won. 

PREPARATORY DIVISION:  Applicants for the preparatory division are expected to prepare a maximum of TEN (10) minutes of music from ONE (1) piece. Pieces shorter than 10 minutes are acceptable and encouraged. Cuts to orchestral tuttis are permitted and encouraged. Please time your piece carefully to ensure this limit is followed. Pieces may either be accompanied or written for solo instrument. However, if the piece is written with accompaniment, the applicant is required to perform with live accompaniment in their video. 

JUNIOR DIVISION: Applicants for the JR division are expected to prepare a maximum of TEN (10) minutes of music from ONE (1) piece. Pieces shorter than 10 minutes are acceptable and encouraged. Cuts to orchestral tuttis are permitted and encouraged. Please time your piece carefully to ensure this limit is followed. Pieces may either be accompanied or written for solo instrument. However, if the piece is written with accompaniment, the applicant is required to perform with live accompaniment in their video. 

SENIOR DIVISION: Applicants for the SR division are expected to prepare a maximum of FIFTEEN (15) minutes of music from ONE (1) or TWO (2) pieces. Cuts to orchestral tuttis are permitted and encouraged. Please time your piece carefully to ensure this limit is followed. Pieces may either be accompanied or written for solo instrument. However, if the piece is written with accompaniment, the applicant is required to perform with live accompaniment in their video. 

Chamber ensembles are permitted to enter any division provided:
a. No non-string instruments are used except for piano.
b. The ensemble does not exceed 8 instruments.

COPYRIGHT REQUIREMENTS:  All applicants are required to submit a digital copy of their music for adjudication. Applicants must include written permission for the copy from the copyright holder or publisher and are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining said permission (most publishers have an online form for obtaining permission for judges copies). Works and/or editions in the public domain should include a written statement of such with a link to a public domain music website like IMSLP for verification. Digital copies of works purchased directly from a publisher or composer should include a receipt or other similar documentation confirming purchase. Submissions without proper copyright permissions may be disqualified.

JUDGING COMMENTS: Comments will be provided to applicants after the competition.

RESULTS: Competition results will be announced by February 1, 2021 via email and KASTA Website.

VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS:

  1. Dress professionally, like it is a live performance.
  2. Frame the video carefully.  Be sure that both of your hands are visible and your F-holes are pointing toward the camera.
  3. Accompaniment must be live (no recorded tracks).
  4. For best quality, record in a space with good acoustics.
  5. Better quality microphones will produce better quality recordings.  Use the best microphone you have available to you.

THANKS FOR PARTICIPATING AND GOOD LUCK!