Solo Competition

2020 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 Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 5-7pm at the Century II Convention Center in Wichita, KS, as part of the KMEA In-Service Workshop. All auditions will be live.

PRIZES
One winner from each division (Preparatory, Junior, and Senior) will be selected. All first-place winners will be required to perform on Friday, February 28, 2020, at the annual KASTA awards luncheon at the KMEA Inservice Workshop with piano accompaniment, if applicable. The accompanist used at the competition must be the accompanist used for the winner’s recital. 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 mail the $15 entry fee (check made out to KASTA or cash) to Dr. Lillian Green; the application deadline is January 25, 2020, and the fee must be postmarked by that date. Please write the name of the performer in the memo line of the check.  After all applications have been processed, applicants will be notified with a specific audition time and room location via email.
  2. Past state solo competition prize winners are not eligible to re-apply in the division they previously won.
  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, lblack6@cox.net

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 JANUARY 25, 2020, 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.

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 bring an accompanist to the competition or use the staff accompanist.

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 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 bring an accompanist to the competition or use the staff accompanist.

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.

The three winners of the competition will be expected to perform the piece(s) played for the competition at the KASTA luncheon the following day.

All applicants will be required to bring TWO (2) copies of the music (piano reductions are ok, 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.

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.

JUDGING COMMENTS: Once all applicants have performed all audience members will be expected to leave the room so judges may deliberate in privacy. Judging comment sheets will not be distributed to applicants.

RESULTS: Competition results will be announced immediately upon the completion of judging deliberation by the competition chairman.

HELPFUL HINTS

  1. Prepare music that demonstrates your highest level of technical and musical accomplishment with the greatest sense of comfort and ease.
  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!