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Duquesne Young Artists National Competition

There are two divisions of the Duquesne Young Artists National Competition (DYANC).  Students may register for both Concerto and Solo Artist competitions, but must fill out two seperate registration forms. Those registering for the Concerto Competition are competing for cash prizes and a chance to perform as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.  Students who register for the Soloist Awards division will have an opportunity to receive a special diploma and perform alongside fellow students in the DYANC Winners Recital on Friday, March 2nd, 2018.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, February 2, 2018 at 4:00pm EST.

If you have any questions regarding DYANC please contact the City Music Center Artistic Director, Natasha Snitkovsky.

*Support for our annual competitions is generously provided by Pittsburgh Symphony North.

Please take time to review the guidelines below:


DYANC - Concerto Competition 2018

Registration Fee $100.00

COMPETITION GUIDELINES (please review carefully):

Preliminary Round

Eligibility:
Participants must be under 18 years of age as of February 2nd, 2018, and must not have graduated from high school. Instruments accepted include Strings, Piano, Winds, and Brass.

Requirements:
One complete movement from a standard concerto including cadenzas. "Cuts," in any selected repertory, are strictly prohibited-except in the case of orchestral interludes. If the selection submitted is a one-movement work, and traditionally performed as such, then the applicant's recording must be submitted in its entirety. Memorization and piano accompaniment are required. Failure to abide by all stated rules will result in disqualification from consideration at any level of the competition. The decisions of the judges are final. The competition fee is non-refundable.

Recording:
All submissions must be in unedited video format. You may supply a link to You Tube, Vimeo, or upload the file directly on the registration form. Video recordings must be with an accompanist. 
*Helpful Hint: You may want to use your smart phone or tablet to record and upload the video directly if you don't have a YouTube channel.

Judging:
The Preliminary Round will be judged by City Music Center of Duquesne University (CMC) faculty (private students of judges are not permitted to apply):

  • Peter Snitkovsky, CMC Department Chair of Strings
  • Anoush Tchakarian, CMC Piano Faculty

*NOTICE: Due to the number of applications received, we are unable to give any feedback for applicants who have not been selected as a finalist.  The decisions of the judges are final and will be announced on Friday, February 9, 2018.

Final Round

Finalists:
The finalists will be notified by email on Friday, February 9, 2018.  A total of 12 applicants will be selected to perform live in the Final Round on March 2nd, 2018 starting at 3:00pm, PNC Recital Hall, Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15282. The competition will be open to the public. 

Judging:
The final round will be judged by two members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (TBA). Winners will be announced and awarded at the conclusion of the competition on March 2nd, 2018. All finalists will receive judges' comments.

Prizes:

  • First prize $500 and a concerto performance with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2018-19 season in one of the educational/outreach concerts. The scheduling for the performance as well as the repertory will be determined by the PSO management.
  • Second prize $200
  • Third prize $100
Registration fee: $100, non-refundable.

Deadline:
Online application, registration fee and recording must be received by 4:00pm EST, Friday,
February 2, 2018.
Incomplete or late applications will be disqualified without refund.

Register (Concerto Competition)

 


DYANC - Solo Artist Awards 2018

Registration Fee $50.00

COMPETITION GUIDELINES (please review carefully):

Eligibility:
Participants must be under 18 years of age as of February 2nd, 2018, and must not have graduated from high school. Instruments accepted include Piano, Violin, Cello and Harp.

Requirements:
One complete work from Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Modern period. Pieces must be memorized and no longer than 5 minutes. Longer works will be disqualified. No repeats, popular music, simplified arrangements or easy pieces from method books (Alfred, Bastien etc.) will be accepted either. Failure to abide by all stated rules will result in disqualification from consideration at any level of the competition. The decisions of the judges are final. The competition fee is non-refundable.

Recording:
All submissions must be in unedited video format. You may supply a link to You Tube, Vimeo, or upload the file directly on the registration form. Video recordings must be with an accompanist.
*Helpful Hint: You may want to use your smart phone or tablet to record and upload the video directly if you don't have a YouTube channel.

Judging:
Judging will be conducted by the following City Music Center of Duquesne University (CMC) faculty:

  • Peter Snitkovsky, CMC Department Chair of Strings
  • Anoush Tchakarian, CMC Piano Faculty

*NOTICE: Due to the number of applications received, we are unable to give any feedback. The decisions of the judges are final and will be announced on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

Prizes:
There will be multiple winners. They will receive a special diploma and perform in the Winners' Recital on Friday, March 2nd, 2018 at 7:00pm in the PNC Recital Hall at the Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA 15282.

Registration fee: $50, non-refundable.

Deadline: 
Online application, registration fee and recording must be received by 4:00pm EST, Friday,
February 2, 2018.
Incomplete or late applications will be disqualified without refund.

Register (Solo Artist Awards)


*Support for our annual competitions is generously provided by Pittsburgh Symphony North.