All artists except those in the Open Class must submit a video recording featuring one selection from the list below that corresponds to their category.
Elementary Artists (ages 6-9)
Amy BEACH / Children’s Album, Op. 36, No. 5, “Polka”
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN / Ecossaise in G Major, WoO 23 (ABRSM Grade 3)
Robert SCHUMANN / Melody, Op. 68, No. 1
Intermediate Artists (ages 10-12)
Frédéric CHOPIN / Mazurka in B-flat Major, Op. 7, No. 1
Muzio CLEMENTI / Sonatina in G Major, Op. 36, No. 2, 1st movement
Johann Sebastian BACH / Prelude in C Minor, BWV 999 (ABRSM Grade 4)
Junior Artists (ages 13-15)
Harry T. BURLEIGH / “Frolic” from The Southland
Edvard GRIEG / “Butterfly” from Lyric Pieces, Pp. 43
Georg Philipp TELEMANN / Fantasia in G Minor, TWV 33:8, 1st movement (ABRSM Grade 7)
Senior Artists (ages 16-18)
Claude DEBUSSY / “La cathédrale engloutie” from Préludes, Book I
Franz Joseph HAYDN / Sonata in A-flat Major, Hob. XVI:46, 1st movement (ABRSM Grade 8)
Florence PRICE / Fantasie nègre in E Minor
Piano Four-Hands (ages 25 and under)
Johannes BRAHMS / Hungarian Dance in D Minor, WoO 1, No. 2
Maurice RAVEL / “Les entretiens de la belle et de la bête” from Ma mère l’Oye
Franz SCHUBERT / Marche Militaire in G Major, D.733, Op. 51, No. 2
Our two Open Class categories offer pianists the opportunity to compete alongside a wider range of applicants with greater choice in repertoire.
Emerging Open Class (ages 25 and under): Performance level for this category is typically at or above the ABRSM Diploma level. Parents and teachers are advised to consider whether this class is appropriate for their child/student.
Experienced Open Class (ages 26 and over): Any pianist 26 years or older is welcome to apply, whether professional or lifelong amateur.
Each participant in either Open Class category must submit a video recording of one solo work (not a concerto, and not a test piece from another category) that is under 10 minutes in length by a composer chosen from the following list:
J.S. Bach, Béla Bartók, Ludwig van Beethoven, Margaret Bonds, Lili Boulanger, Teresa Carreño, Carlos Chávez, Frédéric Chopin, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Claude Debussy, R. Nathaniel Dett, Alberto Ginastera, György Ligeti, Franz Liszt, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Olivier Messiaen, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Florence Price, Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Maurice Ravel, Franz Schubert, Alexander Scriabin, Clara Schumann, William Grant Still, Tōru Takemitsu, Heitor Villa-Lobos, or an original composition by any contemporary composer. A contemporary composer is defined as someone who is living as of January 1, 2022.
Open Class Guidelines
- Arrangements and transcriptions are ineligible for this class.
- 10 minutes is the maximum time allotted, not the goal. Your video may be longer than 10 minutes including time before or after your performance, but any video with a performance lasting longer than 10 minutes will be disqualified.
- One or more movements of a suite or sonata are eligible for this class as long as it is within the 10 minute time limit.
- All Open Class contestants must include a scanned (PDF) copy of the piece with their application.
- Artists enrolled in the Open Classes may also enter their eligible age-specific class with the requisite application fee for each class.