The Annual Awards Competition is an opportunity for students to play one piece from memory before a judge. Monetary awards are given for 1st and 2nd place winners in each of four divisions: Senior, Intermediate, Junior II and Junior I.
The Awards Competition is an excellent way for students and their teachers to explore, study, and perform a wide range of piano repertoire. Each year the Competition will focus on a particular aspect of piano literature: an important composer, stylistic periods, genres, or music of particular countries. There will be no specific required repertoire. Rather, students and their teachers will be free to choose appropriate pieces that meet the general requirements for that particular Competition year. Teachers will be provided with a list of pieces that can be used as examples of repertoire for each level, as well as recommended resources for further literature.
Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021
Enrollment Deadline: April 9, 2021
Make checks payable to Piano Teachers' Forum of Grand Rapids
send payment to Ryan Blok, 2900 Wilson Ave SW Ste 111, Granville, MI 49418.
RULES OF THE ANNUAL AWARDS COMPETITION
1. The teacher must be a member of the Piano Forum, MMTA, and MTNA, with dues for the current year paid in full.
2. There is no limit to the number of students that a teacher may enter in any of the four Divisions.
3. Students are eligible for entry in the Junior I Division if they are in elementary school grades up through 6th grade, Junior II Division if in grades through 8th grade, Intermediate Division if in grades through 10th grade, and Senior Division if in grades through 12th grade.
4. Entrants will be assigned a number and judges will only know them by number, not by name or teacher.
5. Compositions must be memorized. No repeats should be taken except in the case of first and second endings and da capo and dal segno designations. The following time limits should be observed for each Division: Junior I: 5 minutes, Junior II: 6 minutes, Intermediate: 8 minutes and Senior: 10 minutes.
6. Awards will be granted as follows:
Senior Division: 1st Place - $50, 2nd Place - $30
Intermediate Division: 1st Place - $40, 2nd Place - $25
Junior II Division: 1st Place - $30, 2nd Place - $20
Junior I Division: 1st Place - $30, 2nd Place - $20
7. Each contestant will receive a certificate for participating. A First Place winner in one Division may not compete in the same Division the following year.
8. Judges shall be selected by the Awards Competition Committee/Director.
9. A First and Second Place winner will be named in each category. Judges shall be allowed to declare only a First Place winner or “no winner” in any Division if performances do not meet contest criteria. In the case of ties, the awards will be split between the two winners. The decision of the judges will be final.
10. No tape recording or video recording will be allowed.
11. The teacher should submit a single check covering all of his/her students’ enrollment fees. The check should be made payable to the Piano Teachers’ Forum of Grand Rapids and can be turned to the Awards Director at the meeting preceding the competition, or mailed directly to the Director.
12. Online registration and fees must be submitted by April 9.
13. The teacher should complete enrollment forms as accurately and completely as possible. Enrollment must be done online at www.ptfgr.org (click on Member Resources, then click Online Registration.) Select the Annual Awards Competition registration.
14. The performance times of participating students will be emailed to each teacher as soon as scheduling has been completed.
15. Teachers should be certain that students are able to appear at their scheduled time. No re-scheduling is possible.
16. First place winners will be asked to perform at the May meeting of the Piano Forum. The Second place winner will be asked to perform if the first place winner is unable to attend. At the discretion of the judge and Awards Competition Director Second place winners in all divisions may be asked to perform.
In 2020 teachers and their students celebrated the music of Beethoven. Despite the unusual circumstances relating to the pandemic, the Awards Competition still had an increased enrollment. Students submitted their performances online, and excellent winners were chosen in each of the four categories. It was decided to continue with this new approach in which a general category will be chosen each year and the choice of appropriate repertoire will be left to the teacher and student.
The Competition category for 2021 is “Exploring Music of the Twentieth Century.” Since the piano repertoire is some of the richest and most extensive of that composed for any instrument it will provide a vast number of choices. To qualify as a twentieth-century piece the composition must have been written after 1900. It is possible to determine this through the editorial additions in most anthologies or by researching the title of the piece online. If any teacher is in doubt about whether the piece could be used for the competition they can contact either Trish Brummel or Mary Scanlan. Each student will be required to perform one piece and both first and second place winners will perform at the May meeting of the Forum.
Suggested composers include Bela Bartok, Dmitri Kabalevsky, Sergei Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovitch, Norman Dello Joio, Gian Carlo Menotti, Alfredo Casella and Aram Khachaturian. All of these composers have written pieces that are appropriate for students in the Junior 1 and 2 Divisions.
Composers that could be used in the Intermediate and Senior Divisions include Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Samuel Barber, Robert Muczynski, Bartok, Prokofiev, Shostakovitch, Vincent Persichetti, and Howard Hanson, to name a few.
A useful resource is The Pianist’s Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature by Jane Magrath (published by Alfred Music). There are numerous anthologies that have sections devoted to twentieth century music including The Festival Collection, compiled and edited by Helen Marlais (published by Frederick Harris) and Melodious Masterpieces, compiled and edited by Jane McGrath.
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