All instructions, rules and regulations for the International Keyboard Odyssiad® Competition are located on this website. Go to the COMPETITIVE COMPETITION drop-down menu for specific information about the ONLINE Preliminary Round and live Semifinal and Final Rounds for both Solo and Concerto Divisions.
Eligibility: Gold Medalists in previous International Keyboard Odyssiad® Competitions are not eligible to re-enter the same age level of the competition, but may enter the next age solo division when eligible. Silver and Bronze Medalists may re-enter their age level again and compete for the Gold Medal.
The International Keyboard Odyssiad® Competition Solo Division is open to four age groups. Level is determined by competitor’s age as of June 15, 2020:
Age Groups and Time Limits
Level A (13 and under) – minimum of 10 minutes, maximum of 12 minutes
Level B (14—18) – minimum of 12 minutes, maximum of 15 minutes
Level C (19—23) – minimum of 15 minutes, maximum of 20 minutes
Level D (24—35) – minimum of 15 minutes, maximum of 20 minutes
Repertoire Requirement: Free choice of solo piano repertoire (2-3 pieces) selected from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, or 20th—21st century stylistic periods. Because different judges are used for each round, the same repertoire may be used for each progressive round. If the Odyssiad® Competition participant wants to change the repertoire in any round, the changes must be noted in the application where the Preliminary Round repertoire is listed. Any repertoire listings for any round may not be changed after June 15, 2020.
The Odyssiad® Concerto Competition has two divisions:
Single Movement Division for ages 18 and under
Full Concerto Division for ages up to and including age 35 (age as of June 15, 2020)
Single Movement Division:
Repertoire requirement for the Single-Movement Division (ages 18 and under): one complete movement from the standard repertoire with either second piano or orchestral accompaniment (except the following: Chopin Concerto No. 2 in F minor; Schumann Concerto in A minor; Gershwin Concerto in F; and Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini). All music must be played from memory. No changes in concerto repertoire may be made after June 15, 2020.
One winner will be chosen to perform the single movement on a youth concert with the Boulder Symphony in Boulder, Colorado during the 2020—2021 Education Series, Devin Patrick Hughes, conducting.
Full Concerto Division:
Repertoire requirement for the Full Concerto Division: A complete concerto from the standard repertoire (except Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2; Schumann Concerto in A minor; Gershwin Concerto in F; and Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini) with second piano or orchestral accompaniment. All music must be played from memory. No changes in concerto repertoire may be made after June 15, 2020.
One winner will be chosen to perform a complete concerto from the standard repertoire with the Boulder Symphony in Boulder, Colorado during the 2020—2021 Season Series, Devin Patrick Hughes, conducting.
Time Limit: Odyssiad® Competition participants in the Full Concerto Division must be prepared to perform the entire concerto; however, judges will limit performance time to 25 minutes for the Preliminary and Semifinal Rounds, and allow the full concerto for the Final Round. For the Single Movement Division, competitors will perform the entire movement regardless of length.