The KASTA State Solo Competition seeks to recognize exceptional talent in our state at two levels: the JR division (applicants must be enrolled in a K-12 school program) and the SR division (applicants must be enrolled in a college/university at any level, undergraduate or graduate).
The competition will take place Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 5pm-7pm at the Century II Convention Center in Wichita, KS, as part of the KMEA In-Service Workshop. All auditions will be LIVE.
One JR and one SR division winner will be selected. Both winners will be required to perform on Friday, February 23, 2018 at noon at the annual KASTA awards luncheon at KMEA at Century II with piano accompaniment, if applicable. The accompanist used at the competition must be the accompanist used for the winner’s recital. The JR division winner will be awarded a $300 prize and the SR division winner will be awarded a $500 prize from KASTA. In addition, for the first time, there will be a 2nd place winner announced for each division ($75 prize for each), and a 3rd place winner announced for each division ($50 prize for each).
1. Send the application form (via email or postal mail) and $10 entry fee (check (made out to KASTA) or cash) to Matt Means no later than FEBRUARY 1, 2018. The chair must RECEIVE all forms/entry fees by that date. Once the applicant form and fee have been received applicants will be notified with a specific audition time and room location via email.
2. Past state solo competition first place winners are not eligible to apply.
3. REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS – All applicants are expected to memorize their music, regardless of the division, with the following exceptions:
-Duo sonata repertoire with piano
-Chamber ensemble repertoire
4. A staff accompanist will be provided by the competition, though her services are not required if contestants would like to bring their own accompanist to the competition. The staff accompanist’s contact info is as follows: Laura Black, 316-641-1598, firstname.lastname@example.org If a contestant would like to be use the staff accompanist, they will pay her $50 for her services, which will include one 30 min. rehearsal and the competition performance itself. The rehearsal will be set up between the contestant and the accompanist and must be scheduled by the contestant. Contestants must contact the staff accompanist NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 1, 2018, if they wish to use this service and provide their piano accompanist parts to her by this date. Late submission of piano parts may result in forfeiture of accompanist services, at the discretion of the accompanist. Payment is due no later than the end of the competition.
All applicants are required to perform as much of their piece as is possible during the competition. Accordingly, please do not choose a piece that lasts significantly longer than the time allotment.
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 bring an accompanist to the competition or use the staff accompanist.
SENIOR DIVISION: Applicants for the SR division are expected to prepare a maximum of TEN (10) 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 bring an accompanist to the competition or use the staff accompanist.
Chamber ensembles are permitted to enter either division provided that:
a. No non-string instruments are used except for piano.
b. The ensemble does not exceed 8 instruments.
The two winners of the competition (JR or SR division) will be expected to perform the piece(s) played for the competition at the KASTA luncheon the following day in their entirety (no cuts).
All applicants will be required to bring TWO (2) copies of the music (piano reductions are ok, photocopies are ok provided they are destroyed immediately after the competition and/or are available via public domain/IMSLP, cuts should be clearly marked for judges) for the judges to their audition. If the piece performed has accompaniment, the accompaniment score should be submitted so that judges may see both the solo and accompaniment part.
5. AUDITION ENVIRONMENT: The competition will be open to the public so that friends and family members may attend. However, audience members should maintain silence during performances and are not, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, to interact with competition judges during the event.
6. JUDGING COMMENTS: Once all applicants have performed all audience members will be expected to leave the room so judges may deliberate in privacy. Judges comment sheets will not be distributed to applicants.
7. RESULTS: Competition results will be announced immediately upon the completion of judging deliberation by the competition chairman.
1. Prepare music that demonstrates your highest level of technical and musical accomplishment with the greatest sense of comfort and ease. I often tell my students before a competition, “you should be ALMOST tired of the piece by the time it is performed in the competition environment.”
2. Practice performing your piece in disadvantaged environments (too hot/too cold, without warmup, with audience members extremely close, with distractions or loud noises nearby) to develop a sense of greater consistency and stability when performing.
3. Record yourself regularly and rate your recording (phrasing, intonation, ensemble, pulse, articulation, etc) several times before you perform to develop a greater objective awareness of your preparedness. Use the spots/places noted from your recording as your practice agenda for the day.
4. Perform your music for others (especially music professionals that don’t play your instrument) for comments before competing to gain more artistic insight.
5. Be psychologically prepared to play either earlier or later than your assigned time in case of last minute cancellations or a late start.
THANKS FOR PARTICIPATING AND GOOD LUCK!