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What are the repertoire requirements?

There's no specific requirement!  We are a classical and Jazz music competition so please choose repertoire accordingly, but we do not request specific pieces or time periods.  Choose whatever represents your artistic merit best.

Do I have to play the same pieces in all rounds?

You can include the pieces from your Preliminary Round. Repertory for all rounds is free choice.

You are required to play DIFFERENT pieces in Semi Final and Final Rounds.

What makes this competition unlike any other?

It's fully virtual with many innovative elements you can view above in the slides and boxes. Our Broadcasts are made using TV technology (NOT Zoom!)

How do I know I'm good enough to compete?

All levels are welcome!  You can choose non-competitive or competitive. With many categories to excel in and multiple age groups to win in, this competition provides one of the biggest lineups of winners and prizes out there.

Do I need a recording to enter?

We accept video submissions for Preliminary Round only

You can choose to perform all Rounds LIVE

How do I perform with an accompanist?

If you would like to perform with accompanist, we recommend asking them to record the minus one (accompaniment part only) in the tempo that you're comfortable with. Please have a ready .mp4/.mp3 before coming for the Preliminary Round.  We recommend using wireless headphones for playing and listening to the minus one as you perform. Of course, if the social distancing requirements in your country allow you to perform in the same space with your accompanist, go for it!

How do I know my equipment is good enough to perform on a live broadcast?

Visit Technical Requirements page for a list of things you will need to have a stress-free time in the tech check.  If you already meet the minimum, apply with confidence.  If not, we recommend finding the equipment online or borrowing from friends.  

My teacher is one of the judges, can I still apply to compete?

Absolutely! Your performance will be adjudicated by the panel which will EXCLUDE your current and previous teachers

Do I have to win first place to receive any prizes?

Not at all! Many prizes are offered by distinguished companies with vast experience in promoting performing arts which are experts in classical music. Each company will award their prize(s) to Finalist(s) of their own choice. Their decisions may or may not match those of the judges'. Some companies may choose to not award their prizes.

Can I win money?

This year we focus on providing winners with awards aimed at furthering their performance opportunities and music education

2nd Edition of Sound Espressivo does NOT offer cash awards

Will my teacher get recognition?

Of course! Your teachers share their knowledge and inspiration with you! The Competition will recognize teachers and schools of every participant on the Teachers page. If you win, your teacher will be invited to join the live broadcast and receive special recognition during virtual Awards Ceremony. 

I still have more questions. What should I do?

Send us your question by email or chat directly! 

We will do our best to answer your questions there.

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