SOLO DIVISION

The International Keyboard Odyssiad® Competition, Solo Division, is open to four age groups. ONLINE Preliminary Round auditions require uploading a video as part of the application by the deadline of June 15, 2019.

REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS

  • Free choice of solo piano repertoire (2-3 pieces) selected from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, or 20th—21st century stylistic periods.

  • The styles of the pieces performed should be varied to reflect the abilities of the performer.

  • All music performed must be played from memory.

  • 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 change must be noted on the original application form where Preliminary Round repertoire is listed.

  • No repertoire changes are permitted after June 15, 2019.

AGE AND TIME LIMITS: Refer to the following age levels for video time limits for ONLINE solo auditions. These time limits are also the time limits for Semifinal and Final Rounds of the competition.

  • 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

The judges will not view videos exceeding the maximum time limit. Videos must show hands and face of the applicant at all times, and must have been recorded within the previous six (6) months of the application deadline. NO EDITING of an individual work is permitted in submitted videos.

SUBMIT

  • Current biography maximum 150 words, uploaded as a WORD file.

  • One (1) color photograph (headshot) uploaded as HI-RES 300dpi JPEG file.

  • Repertoire List with timings (composer, title of piece, exact timing) uploaded as a WORD file. If changing repertoire for different rounds, please list repertoire with timings for each progressive round.

  • Performance video recorded within the past six (6) months showing hands and face of applicant.

FEES

  • Application Fee: $100 USD; Deadline for the ONLINE Preliminary Round is June 15, 2019.

  • Enter BOTH the Solo and Concerto Divisions for $150 total.

CONCERTO DIVISION

Beginning in 2019, 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, 2019).

NEW! 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: 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, 2019.

  • One winner will be chosen to perform the single movement on a youth concert with the Boulder Symphony in Boulder, Colorado during the 2019—2020 season, Devin Patrick Hughes, conducting. 

  • Application Fee: $100 USD; Deadline for the ONLINE Preliminary Round is June 15, 2019. Enter BOTH the Solo and Concerto Divisions for $150 total.

  • Accompanist: Competitors must provide their own accompanist for Preliminary Rounds but may request an official staff accompanist, if selected for the Semifinal and Final Rounds in Fort Collins. A fee of $50 will be charged to use an official staff accompanist, which will include one half-hour (30 minutes) of rehearsal time prior to the Semifinal Round, and performances in the Semifinal and Final Rounds. The accompanist fee must be paid in full at registration prior to the scheduled rehearsal or the competitor will forfeit all services of the accompanist. Any additional rehearsal time with an official staff accompanist may be requested (but not guaranteed) for $50 per half-hour, paid in advance.

FULL CONCERTO DIVISION

  • Repertoire requirement for the Full Concerto Division, all ages: a complete concerto from the standard repertoire (except 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, 2019.

  • One winner will be chosen to perform a complete concerto from the standard repertoire with the Boulder Symphony in Boulder, Colorado during the 2019—2020 season series, Devin Patrick Hughes, conducting.

  • Application Fee: $100 USD; Deadline for the ONLINE Preliminary Round is June 15, 2019. Enter BOTH the Solo and Concerto Divisions for $150 total.

  • Accompanist: Competitors must provide their own accompanist for Preliminary Rounds but may request an official staff accompanist, if selected for the Semifinal and Final Rounds in Fort Collins. A fee of $100 will be charged to use an official staff accompanist, which will include one (1) hour of rehearsal time prior to the Semifinal Round, and performances in the Semifinal and Final Rounds. The accompanist fee must be paid in full at registration prior to the scheduled rehearsal or the competitor will forfeit all services of the accompanist. Any additional rehearsal time with an official staff accompanist may be requested (but not guaranteed) for $100 per hour, paid in advance.

SUBMIT

  • Color photo (headshot) uploaded as HI-RES 300dpi JPEG file

  • Short biography (maximum 150 words) in a WORD document file (.doc, .docx)

  • Upload performance video of single movement or complete concerto

  • Competition repertoire list with timings in a WORD document file (.doc, .docx)

TIME LIMIT: Video submissions for the ONLINE auditions must contain the entire movement or entire concerto; however, judges may limit their viewing to 25 minutes. (Long orchestral introductions and interludes may be reduced, but any solo performance changes or omissions are not allowed.) Videos must show hands and face of applicant at all times, and must be recorded within the previous six (6) months of the application submission. NO EDITING of an individual movement is permitted in submitted videos. Time limit for the Semifinal Round is also 25 minutes, but the complete concerto is allowed for the Final Round.

JUDGING OF THE ONLINE PRELIMINARY ROUND: A team of judges will evaluate each performance for technical and artistic merit using the IKOF scoring sheet. Competitors with the highest scores will progress to the live Semifinal Round in Fort Collins, Colorado on July 29 for the Single Movement Concerto Division, and July 30 for the Full Concerto Division. 

LIVE SEMIFINAL AND FINAL ROUNDS: JULY 29 — AUGUST 3, 2019