Santa Monica Young Artist Competition
Competition date: January 23, 2022
Application deadline: January 2, 2022
First Round Submission: January 14, 2022 (Advancement Notification January 16, 2022)
The Santa Monica Conservatory invites talented young local pianists to audition for an award, a cash prize, a chance to play in the winner’s concert, and the opportunity to perform in a masterclass with Piano Legend Oxana Yablonskaya.
Auditions are open to students:
- residing in Santa Monica
- taking private lessons in Santa Monica,
- attending a school located in Santa Monica.
Awards are given in the following categories:
Junior Division – Grade level 3-7: first place winner(s) will receive $100.
Senior Division – Grade level 8-12: first place winner(s) will receive $200.
In addition, The Conservatory Scholarship for Excellence Award for $300 may be awarded.
- Round 1 – Junior Division: one selection from each, a) and b) – (uploaded by: January 14, 2022)
a) Any J. S. Bach Two or Three-part invention, or Prelude and Fugue from WTC book 1 or book 2
b) Any etude by the following composers: Czerny, Burgmuller, Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Liszt
- Round 1 – Senior Division: one selection from each, a) and b) –
(uploaded by: January 14, 2022)
a) Any J.S. Bach Prelude and Fugue from WTC book 1 or book 2
b) Any etude by the following composers: Czerny, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Debussy.
- Round 2 – Junior and Senior Divisions (held live, at the Santa Monica Conservatory)
a) First movement of a classical sonata (Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven)
In order to participate:
- Click here, fill out the application form.
- Go to Register Tab to register and to pay a $50 non-refundable registration fee
- Video record the first 30 seconds of both Round 1 selections from each a), and b).
Please state your name and title of the piece before playing. All videos must be unedited and include a full view of hands and face.
- Upload videos selections to your Google Drive account, and share the videos with firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t have a Google account, email us your audition videos at email@example.com
- Call 310.576.3600 with any questions
Round 2 invitations will be communicated by January 16, 2022
The names and performance times of finalists (between 8 am and 4 pm) will be communicated by January 16, 2022.
Round 2 Finalists (12), will be asked to play both their Round 1 and Round 2 selections in their entirety. Awards and Winner’s Concert will follow at 6 pm. Jurists will include Oxana Yablonskaya, Anna Sarkisova, Meriette Saglie, Eva Schaumkell. Their decision will be final, including the decision to withhold an award in any or all of the categories.