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Applications closed!

The results will be announced in fall 2021.

Abstract and Mission

   

The 2021 Petrichor International Music Competition will mark the first occurrence of this annual music contest, and will provide support, inspiration, and exposure to instrumentalists and singers from around the world. The competition includes four categories:

A) Young Solo Performers (under the age of 21, born after July 1, 1999)

B) Solo Performers (over the age of 21, born before July 1, 1999)

C) Composers (acoustic or electronic works)

D) Ensembles (2 or more performers)

Submit your performance video or composition for over $10,000 value in prizes! Due to the current and foreseeable circumstances, participation will be conducted entirely online, and the musicians will be asked to submit a video of their performances.

 

Eligibility

  

This competition is open to instrumentalists, singers, ensembles, and composers of all ages and nationalities. All musicians, including established or emerging artists, are welcome to apply. Whether established as a professional in the field or a hobbyist, we encourage the submission of a video performance of any piece of your choosing for participation in the competition. The Petrichor Artistic Panel and the jurors will carefully review submissions individually and without regard for age, nationality, gender, or musical style.

Instruments

  

All performers, singers, and composers are eligible for this competition. Whether you play western classical instruments or traditional instruments, all video submissions are welcome for this competition. Early music instruments and non-orchestral instruments, such as guitar or piano, are welcome, as are any instruments associated with folk or non-western music. Self-created instruments are not accepted.

Repertoire

  

There is no specific repertoire required to participate in this competition. Each performer has the freedom to determine which piece or pieces to perform. The selected piece could be drawn from a standard repertoire, or composed by a living composer, or be an original work by the performer him/herself. The piece chosen will not affect the jury’s decision process. The primary focus should be on highlighting your technical skills, musicality, and your ability to communicate with the audience through your instrument and your performance. Singers may choose repertoire in any language.

 

Competition Categories and Awards

   

Each participant can apply in more than one category and is welcome to submit as many videos as desired Each video will be reviewed individually and independently.

All participants receive a 2-month iClassical Academy membership. (worth $48)

All winners and finalists receive a yearly and 6-month iClassical Academy memberships. (worth $224)

A) Young Solo Performers (under the age of 21, born after July 1, 1999)

Instrumentalists and singers are eligible to participate in this category.

Piano/orchestral accompaniment is allowed in this category.

  • 1st Prize: $500 + iClassical Academy yearly membership + official certificate + press/media exposure + online recital + feature on website

  • 2nd Prize: $300iClassical Academy yearly membership + official certificate + press/media exposure + online recital + feature on website

  • 3rd Prize:  iClassical Academy yearly membership + Honorable Mention + official certificate + feature on website

  • 3 Finalists:  iClassical Academy 6-month membership + official certificate + feature on website
     

B)  Solo Performers, instrumentalists or singers (over the age of 21, born before July 1, 1999)

Instrumentalists and singers are eligible to participate in this category.

Piano/orchestral accompaniment is allowed in this category.

  • 1st Prize: $1000 + iClassical Academy yearly membership + official certificate + press/media exposure + online recital + feature on website

  • 2nd Prize: $500 iClassical Academy yearly membership + official certificate + press/media exposure + online recital + feature on website

  • 3rd Prize: iClassical Academy yearly membership + Honorable Mention + official certificate + feature on website

  • 3 Finalists: iClassical Academy 6-month membership + official certificate + feature on website

C) Composers (acoustic, electronic, acousmatic works)

Submit an original composition in PDF format. Any instrumentation, length are welcome. For electronic music, submit the audio file, no score is needed. Audio recording or MIDI realization is encouraged but not required, unless you are submitting electronic music. No need for anonymous scores.

  • 1st Prize: $1000 iClassical Academy yearly membership + official certificate + press/media exposure + feature on website

  • 2nd Prize: $500 iClassical Academy yearly membership + official certificate + press/media exposure +  feature on website

  • 3rd Prize: iClassical Academy yearly membership + Honorable Mention + official certificate + feature on website

  • 3 Finalists: iClassical Academy 6-month membership + official certificate + feature on website
     

D) Ensembles (groups with two or more performers)

Groups of 2 or more musicians (including a conductor, if needed) can participate in this category.

  • 1st Prize: $1000 + iClassical Academy yearly membership + official certificate + press/media exposure + online recital + feature on website

  • 2nd Prize: $500iClassical Academy yearly membership + official certificate + press/media exposure + online recital + feature on website

  • 3rd Prize: iClassical Academy yearly membership + Honorable Mention + official certificate + feature on website

  • 3 Finalists: iClassical Academy 6-month membership + official certificate + feature on website
     

Jury panel

  

Artistic Director: Reza Vali (Carnegie Mellon University)

  

  • Carol Wincenc (Juilliard School of Music)

  • Kathleen Supove (Mannes School of Music)

  • Neil Varon (Eastman School of Music)

  • Barbara LaFitte (Berklee College of Music)

  • Louis Hanzlik (Juilliard School of Music)

  • Nicole Cabell (Eastman School of Music)

  • George Garzone (Berklee College of Music)

  • Kathleen Bride (Eastman School of Music)
     

Guidelines/Entry Conditions

  

  • Number of entries: Participants may submit as many videos or compositions as they wish. Only one piece per video is accepted. Videos containing multiple pieces must be split and uploaded as separate entries. Participants can submit separate applications in different categories (e.g. three applications for composition, solo performance and ensemble)

  • Video length: The videos may be of any length. However, only the first 10 minutes of each video will be reviewed by the jury.

  • Composers: Submit an original composition in PDF format. Any instrumentation, length, and aesthetic are welcome. Recording or MIDI realization is not required. For electronic music compositions, only submit the audio file, no need for PDF score. No need for anonymous scores.

 

Video Submission Guidelines (For performance applications)

   

  • It is not necessary to record in a studio. Please use the best available technology you have. You may use a smartphone, tablet, or iPad, a computer with a webcam, camcorder, camera, or any other device that can record both audio and video.

  • Videos may be the live recording of a concert or have been submitted to other competitions in the past.

  • Multicam videos are accepted.

 

Timeline  

     

Preliminary Review Process: July and August 2021

Final Review Process: September through November 2021

Winners Announcement: December 15, 2021

  • The application for taking part in the competition, as well as the submission of the works, involves the musician or ensemble accepting the above-mentioned rules. Failure to comply with the rules as outlined above will disqualify the submission.

  • Judges and the review panels have the option to award and/or withhold prizes; each decision is final.

  • Petrichor International Music Competition reserves the right to make any changes to the rules, schedule or other information related to the competition without notification.
     

Contact details

  

For more information about the competition, please contact info@petrichor-records.com

https://www.petrichor-records.com/music-competition

 

Open to all instrumentalists, singers, ensembles, and composers!

    

Submit your performance video or composition for over $10,000 value in prizes!

     

12 Winners | 12 Finalists

    

All participants receive a 2-month

iClassical Academy membership. (worth $50)

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Submission Fee

  

For each category, participants can submit as many videos/compositions as they wish. There is no limit to the number of videos or compositions you may submit for the competition. Only one piece per video is accepted. Videos containing multiple pieces must be split and uploaded as separate entries. Each submission will be reviewed carefully and independently. However, a separate submission fee should be paid for each entry.

Participants can submit separate applications in different categories (e.g. three applications for composition, solo performance and ensemble).

Soloist/composer application (Categories A-C): $45 (per video/composition)

2nd video/composition: $40

3rd video/composition: $35

4th video/composition: $30

5th video/composition: $25

6th video/composition: $20

Each video/composition after 6th: $15

Example: $85 for two pieces (45+40)

Ensemble Application (Category D)

First Video: $25 (per ensemble member)

Additional videos: $20 (per ensemble member)

7 or more members: $160 (first video), $95 (additional videos)

Example: $100 for a quartet

Do not hesitate to contact us regarding any payment-related questions or if you need another means for submitting your entry fee. Submission fee waivers might be provided under certain hardship circumstances. 

  

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Important notes before you submit:
1- After submitting your application, a confirmation email will be sent to your email which includes a two-month membership of Classical Academy. Please check your spam/updates/promo folders if you don't see the confirmation email in your primary inbox. Make sure to mark the email as "Not Spam" to be able to receive further communications.
2- It may take a few minutes to upload the files before you get to the payment page. Please be patient.

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If you have trouble submitting the application, you can email us your submission materials. Please follow the instructions below:

1- Read the guidelines on this page.

2- Fill out the application form. Click here to download the form.

3- Pay the entry fee. Click here to visit the payment page.

4- Submit the following materials in ONE email (Subject: First and Last name – 2021 Music Competition Application) to info@petrichor-records.com:

  • Application form

  • Non-expiring links to application materials (videos/scores/audio files) in the body of the email. Please use free online streaming platforms such as YouTube or SoundCloud.

  • Receipt of entry fee payment
    Note: Incomplete applications won't be accepted. You will receive a confirmation email no later than 7 days after submitting the materials. Check your spam box if you don't receive it after 7 days.