Music Instrumental - Classical

The  art  of  performing  with  a  device  used  to  produce  music  with  tones  of  the  late  18th  and  19th centuries characterized by an emphasis on balance, clarity, and moderation.



1. The musical selection must be one specifically written for solo performances.

     The performance may be an excerpt and may not exceed five (5) minutes.

     (Contestants not adhering to the maximum time requirements are subject to disqualification)


2. Contestants must submit six (6) copies of the sheet music for their performance.


3. If the selection chosen is written with piano accompaniment, it must be performed in that manner.

     ***For Nationals***

     Contestants must request accompaniment by May 10, 2022

     Sheet music is required at the time of request. 


4. The composition to be performed must be consistent with the nature of the instrument and the level

     of musical proficiency of the performer.


5. The selection of music and instrument is solely the decision of the contestant.


6. The only instrument provided for the performances will be a piano.

7. Live accompaniment is permitted for this competition. 


Contestants Will Be Judged By The Following Criteria:


Interpretation, Expression, Tempo, Phrasing, and Historically appropriate style (20 pts)


Intonation and touch (piano) (20 pts)


Stage presence, choice of music (20 pts)


Technique, articulation, Breathing, Rhythm, Facility and Accuracy (20 pts)


Tone quality, Beauty, Control and Characteristic timbre (20 pts)