Rondo Young Artist Festival 
(Instrumentalists, and Ensemble)  


The inclusive nature of this competition is open to all instrumentalists and ensembles, ages 5-18. Winners grace world-renowned concert halls such as Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Victor Borge Hall and Mary Flagler Concert Hall, and others. Voice students are inapplicable in this division.


Repertoire Requirements - Applicant must choose one or more pieces from standard repertoire (transcriptions and arrangements are welcome).

All applications are due by February 1st, 2018.


The scheduled date and time for LIVE auditions will be sent on February 26th, 2018. Youtube recordings in lieu of a LIVE audition are also acceptable. 


LIVE auditions will be held on: March 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, Opera America, NYC.


First Place Winners will perform at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall. Second and Third Place Winners will perform at Victor Borge Recital Hall at Scandinavia House and Mary Flagler Concert Hall at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Concerts maybe added. 



Second and Third Place Winners will be placed in a winners recital based on their audition, at the discretion of the the jury. First Place Winners will be invited to perform at Weill recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.


Those unable to attend a LIVE audition will receive the same consideration based solely on their Youtube recordings, as those competitors selected to play a LIVE audition in NYC. All recordings are due on Feb. 15th. Contestants will receive the jury's comments together with the results the week of April 2nd, 2018.
International applicants welcome.

CategoryAge Time

1

5-7

 Not to exceed 5 minutes.

2

8-10

Not to exceed 5 minutes.

3

11-14

Not to exceed 7 minutes. 

4

15-18

Not to exceed 10 minutes. 


• More then 1 piece may be performed for auditions, as long as not exceeding the given time limit. 

• If chosen as a winner, one or two pieces will be selected by the jury for the performance.

• One sonata movement will be considered one piece. Contestants may choose their opening selection.

• Please exclude the method books - Faber, Bastien and Thompson, when choosing repertoire for the auditions. Compilation books such as Agay, Suzuki Piano School, Lanning, Bacich, Eckstein, Etling, Applebaum, and of the like are accepted. Small classical pieces are welcome. If you have questions regarding appropriate repertoire, please contact RONDO. 

• Competitors will be judged within their appropriate age categories within Rondo Young Artist Festival only.

Additional Information


 Applicants must turn the required age in the 2018 calendar year (January 1st, 2018 - December 31st, 2018). 

 Participants will be judged within their appropriate division and categories only.

 Winners of Rondo Young Artist will perform a piece/pieces selected by the judges from their audition repertoire.

The repertoire has to remain the same for the winners concerts as the audition process if chosen as a winner.

• If your audition piece exceeds the given time limit, it may be acceptable on a case-by-case basis. Please notify RONDO ahead of time in this event. 
 
 If the applicant for any reason is unable to attend a live audition, video recordings will be accepted. 
Please adhere to acceptable concert standards, good microphone, and dress code. 
Recordings cannot be enhanced or edited.

If an applicant is unable to attend the live audition, the application fee cannot be refunded, unless in the case of medical emergency, accompanied by a doctors note. If a student decided to audition live, he/she MUST be available for the the LIVE audition days. No time changes will be allowed in the schedule. 
RONDO will only excuse students who have academic obligations (i.e. SAT Tests), or medical reasons. 

• All Instrumentalists are encouraged to provide their own accompanist. 
 RONDO can provide a list of accompanists on a need basis. 
 
• Solo applicants must perform from memory, and with no repeats. Ensemble applicants may use sheet music at the audition, and performance if selected. 

• Special Pricing for Sibling Performance fee: Please send checks to RONDO if you qualify.
    1. Sibling Performance Fee (in the same concert): One Full, One Half Price (6 tickets to the concert will be         included instead of the usual 4). 
    2. Sibling Performance Fee (in different concerts): Full Price. 

• All judges decisions are final. Judges are precluded from judging their own students. 

• Submission of application, fee, and audition does not guarantee that you will be chosen as a winner or a spot in the winners performance concerts. 

• The Rondo Scholarship Fund is granted to a special applicant who is chosen as a winner of RONDO and  has difficulty paying the performance fees. The recipient is chosen by the judges based on their need/description as well as the performance at the RONDO auditions.  Please submit a short paragraph of need to info@rondoyoungartist.org.

• Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions at 1(347) 766-3608 or email us at info@rondoyoungartist.org.