2021 Petrichor International Music Competition

 

Application opens on March 1, 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)

B) Solo Performers (over the age of 21)

C) Ensembles

D) Traditional Instrumentalists

E) Composers

Each category will have 4 prize winners with a total of $6,000 in cash prizes and over $10,000 value of non-cash prizes to all finalists. 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.

Submission Deadline: The closing date for registration is May 31, 2021 @ 11:59pm PST.

 

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, such as the banjo, bandoneon, santoor, koto, or panflute. Basically, all kinds of instruments (orchestral, non-orchestral, percussion, traditional, electronic) are welcome to participate. 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, 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. For singers, you may select a repertoire in any language.

 

Competition categories

   

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. Again, judging of the entries will not be competitive, but will instead be to a high, international standard.

A) Young Solo Performers (Under the age of 21)

Instrumentalists and singers who are under the age of 21 years old as of April 1st, 2021 are eligible to participate in this category.

 

B) Solo Performers (Over 21)

Instrumentalists and singers who are over the age of 21 years old as of April 1st, 2021 are eligible for this category.

 

C) Ensembles

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

 

D) Traditional Instrumentalists (solo or group)

Non-western instruments, or instruments associated with folk music. See the Instruments section above.

 

E) Composers

Submit an original composition in PDF format. Any instrumentation, length, and aesthetic are welcome.

 

Competition Awards

  

  • Three winners in each category will receive a cash prize (as listed below). The fourth places will receive an Honorable Mention.

  • All four winners of each category will also be featured on the website and will receive media exposure, including an online interview.

  • Winners will receive a certificate of their prize.

A) Young Solo Performers (under the age of 21)

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

  • 2nd Prize: $200 + official certificate + press/media exposure + online recital + feature on website

  • 3rd Prize: $100 + official certificate + press/media exposure + online recital + feature on website

  • 4th Prize: Honorable Mention + official certificate + feature on website
     

B)  Solo Performers, instrumentalists or singers (over the age of 21)

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

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

  • 3rd Prize: $200 + official certificate + press/media exposure + online recital + feature on website

  • 4th Prize: Honorable Mention + official certificate + feature on website

 

C) Ensembles (groups with two or more performers)

  • 1st Prize: $1500 + official certificate + press/media exposure + online recital + feature on website

  • 2nd Prize: $750 + official certificate + press/media exposure + online recital + feature on website

  • 3rd Prize: $250 + official certificate + press/media exposure + online recital + feature on website

  • 4th Prize: Honorable Mention + official certificate + feature on website

 

D) Traditional Instrumentalists (solo or group)

  • 1st Prize: $600 + official certificate + press/media exposure + online recital + feature on website

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

  • 3rd Prize: $100 + official certificate + press/media exposure + online recital + feature on website

  • 4th Prize: Honorable Mention + official certificate + feature on website

 

E) Composers

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

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

  • 3rd Prize: $250 + official certificate + press/media exposure + feature on website

  • 4th Prize: Honorable Mention + official certificate + feature on website

 

Jury panel

  

Artistic Director: Reza Vali (Carnegie Melon 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

  

  • Participants may submit as many videos or compositions as they wish.

  • There is a 10-minute maximum limit for the video submissions. The videos may be longer than 10 minutes, however, only the first 10 minutes will be reviewed by the jury.

  • Submit an original composition in PDF format. Any instrumentation, length, and aesthetic are welcome. Recording or MIDI realization is not required.

 

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.

  • The video must be recorded horizontally and show the competitor’s hands and face from a front angle.

  • Please use a tripod or stand to securely set your recording device. The video should be stable and motionless.

  • Piano contestants must set the camera on the student’s right side showing the performer's face and hands.

  • Pieces must be performed in their entirety and in one continuous, uninterrupted take.

  • Absolutely no audio or video editing or manipulation of any kind—including splicing, cutting, or sound enhancements—is permitted. However, the use of external microphones is allowed and encouraged.

 

Submission Fee

  

For each category, participants can submit as many times as they wish. There is no limit to the number of videos or compositions you may submit for the competition. Each submission will be reviewed carefully and independently. However, a separate submission fee should be paid for each submission.

Soloist application (Categories A-D): $85 (per submission)

Ensemble Application (Category E): $65 (per participant)

Composition Application (Category F): $55 (per submission)

 

Entry fees should be paid through the submission form on www.petrichor-records.com/music-competition

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 will be provided under certain hardship circumstances. Please inquire by emailing … to request a fee waiver.

 

Submission Deadline: The closing date for registration is June 31, 2021 @ 11:59pm PST.

 

  • 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.

  • The official language of the competition is in English. Please make sure all submitted information is in English and is legible.
     

Contact details

  

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

https://www.petrichor-records.com/callforrecordings

Application opens on March 1, 2021