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.

All applicants must submit a YouTube video recording along with the paid application, due by January 30th.
They will receive the jury's comments the week of February 20th, 2017. Contenders for top prizes will be invited for a LIVE audition.
Second and Third Place Winners will be placed in a winners recital based on their youtube audition, by the jury. 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. International applicants welcome.

LIVE Auditions will be held on: March 4th and 5th

244 Studios
244 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019

The repertoire has to remain the same, also when chosen as a winner for the performance. Rondo Application Deadline: January 30th, 2017

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

CategoryAge Time



 Not to exceed 5 minutes.



Not to exceed 5 minutes.



Not to exceed 7 minutes. 



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 2017 calendar year (January 1st, 2017 - December 31st, 2017). 

 Participants will be judged within their division and categories only.

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

• 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. Youtube video recordings can be submitted together with the paid application. 
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/Singers 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.

• First place winners will perform at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. Second and Third Place Winners will perform at Victor Borge Hall at Scandianvia House, and Mary Flagler Hall at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music. 

• 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. 

•  The final results and comments for Rondo Young Artist Festival will be sent by March 24th, 2017. 

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

• Submission of the application or audition does not guarantee a spot for 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

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