Semifinal and Final Rounds (July 31 – August 4, 2018 in Fort Collins, Colorado)

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the Semifinal Round by email no later than June 22, 2018.

All pianists selected for the Semifinal Round to take place in Fort Collins, Colorado must confirm by email their intent to participate in the Semifinal Round no later than June 30, 2018. The Semifinal schedule will then be prepared and each competitor will receive his or her time of performance.

Time limits for Semifinal and Final Rounds of the competition are as follows:


  • 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

CONCERTO: All Ages (35 and under) – 25 minutes maximum for Semifinal Round; full concerto for Final Round

Repertoire for the Semifinal and Final Rounds may be the same as for the Preliminary Round. If the Odyssiad® Competition participant wants to change the solo repertoire in any round, the changes must be noted in the Preliminary Round application where the competition repertoire is listed. Any repertoire listings for any subsequent round may not be changed after June 15, 2018. Concerto listings may not be changed from the Preliminary Round.

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITORS: A formal letter of invitation to all international Odyssiad® competitors accepted for the Semifinal Round will be emailed, which foreign competitors may use as an official letter to obtain a passport and visa at the nearest United States Embassy or Consulate. A letter of invitation may also be provided for the chaperone of younger competitors. For those international pianists not accepted to the Semifinal Round of the International Keyboard Odyssiad® Competition, a formal letter of invitation to the 2018 International Keyboard Odyssiad® Festival will be attached for visa purposes. 

International competitors selected to perform in the Semifinal Round in Fort Collins, Colorado, must register for the Semifinal Round ONLINE at the Odyssiad® website ( and pay the combined festival and competition fee.

Judging: For the Preliminary Round, an Odyssiad® panel of judges will evaluate performances for both Technical and Artistic Merit using the IKOF scoring sheet. Contestants with the highest scores of IKOF performance standards will progress to the live Semifinal Round, held in Fort Collins, Colorado, on July 31, 2018. For the Live Semifinal Round, a different team of judges will evaluate performances from all the Preliminary Round winners for both technical and artistic merit using the IKOF scoring sheet as a model, and then conference together to discuss the selection of the three (3) or four (4) finalists to compete in the live Final Round on August 1, 2018. For the Final Round of the Odyssiad® Competition (Solo and Concerto), an Olympic-styled format of judging has been adopted.  Judges will evaluate performances for both technical and artistic merit using the IKOF scoring sheet and assign a numerical score in each category. Scores of the panel of judges will then be displayed to the monitor who will read each of the judges’ scores aloud to the audience.  The Odyssiad® finalists with the highest composite scores for Technical and Artistic Merit will receive the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals, and other awards. All judges’ decisions are final.