WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL PIANO ARTISTS COMPETITION
(Last Revision: March 27, 2013)
2013 COMPETITION GUIDELINES AND APPLICATION FORM LINKS
Pianists should submit forms found the following guidelines
--pdf guidelines were updated April 22, 2013--
Special Additional Cash Awards this year: Bach, Beethoven, & Chopin performance(s).
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: JULY 10, 2013
COMMENTS ON SEEKING JUROR ADVICE ON YOUR PERFORMANCES
Pianists are advised that the best way to obtain proper feedback on one's performances, generally, is to join in on masterclasses and, in particular, to arrange to perform in these classes. Jurors are often willing to offer advice and suggestions, but they may not always prefer to do so. One reason is they are in a situation where their personal opinions are very much in play and some prefer to keep their opinions to themselves. The more information that is shared, the less "individual" and "private" their opinions become. Remember they have to choose a winner, and any decision can come crashing down upon them.
WIPAC very much discourages any kind of collusion in the jurying process, and, in fact, discussion of opinions about your performances can result in that sort of thing happening that we need to be so careful to avoid.
This is why we would emphasize that you join jurors in a professional setting such as with masterclass performances, rather than seek informal advice, which easily lead to misunderstandings at the piano competition. Pianists are also free to arrange for private sessions with jurors on their own. During the competition, we would advise not using pieces you would expect to be performing in a coming round of the competition. Often, pianists advancing to subsequent rounds may not wish to perform in masterclasses, but rather leave these opportunities open to those in greatest need. The choices are largely yours to make.
The 2012 Washington International Piano Artists Competition and Festival of Music began with a Welcome Reception on Thursday evening August 2, 2012 at the Georgetown home of Dr. Joyce Hagel-Silverman, Vice President of WIPAC, and her husband, Charles. The competition started Friday July 22 with preliminary rounds at GWU, followed by semifinal on Saturday, 23rd at Kosciuszko Foundation, and final round on Sunday, 24th, at La Maison Francaise. Masterclasses were offered by Tzvetan Konstantinov (GWU Piano Faculty) and Raymond Jackson (Howard University Piano Faculty) on Saturday, and Janice Weber (Boston Conservatory Piano Faculty), on Sunday. Saturday morning presented an opportunity for pianists to convene at the United Methodist Church at a "piano marathon" where pianists performed for each other on the Blüthner Concert Grand.
The Washington International Piano Artists Competition is normally held annually late to mid July, but in 2012 it commenced on the second day of August. The public is cordially invited to all rounds of the competition. Several events are free and open to the public. Others are available for a nominal contribution. The WIPAC Celebratory Dinner following the last day of competition is normally catered and requires advanced reservation and payment. Masterclass events require a nominal audit fee at the door. Competitors are invited to submit their names on a first come first serve basis for performances in master classes. The masterclass performance fee is $50.00. Audit fee is $25.00. Competitors receive one free audit class with their application fee. The public is also invited to all masterclasses of the competition at the audit fee. Contributions at the door help to keep our master class fees lower for the benefit of the pianists.
Please contact WIPAC by email or phone for more details and reservations as needed.
WIPAC solicits membership donations in support of its mission and this competition, and relies heavily on public support to achieve its mission. Your donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Please be generous.
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