Application deadline November 30

Semifinals and Finals 

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DATES AND DEADLINES

Dates of Preliminary LIVE auditions (optional, can be substituted with a video submission)

October 30-31, 2021 

November 20-21, 2021

December 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 2021

Semifinal Round - December 16-19, 2021 (Thursday-Sunday)

  • Internet TV public broadcasts 

Final Round - January 29-30, 2022 (Saturday-Sunday)

  • Internet TV public broadcasts

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Awards and Winners GALA - February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Instruments

Other performance medium

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MEDIUM

  • Piano

  • All String Instruments

  • All Wind Instruments

  • Guitar

  • Harp

  • All Percussion Instruments

  • All Baroque Instruments

Chamber Groups and Ensembles

Voice​

Repertory 

Time limits

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REPERTORY

AND

TIME LIMITS

You are free to choose any repertory, pick what represents you best as a musician!

Check below for special Artistic Awards!

You have a free choice of repertory for Semi Final and Final Rounds, too

There is no time limit

If you advance to the Finals, you are required to perform a completely different program/piece. 

  • Preliminary Round time limit is 10 min.

  • Same limit for videos and live performances

  • You will not be disqualified for shorter performances

  • If you choose one composition which is longer than 10 min., you will not be disqualified for overtime

  • Semi-Final and Final Rounds - no time limit

What is it?

What do I get?

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CHOOSE

LIVE PERFORMANCE

Live "on-air" Judge's comments and recommendations right after performance

You will perform live through Internet-TV public broadcast

VCHS Producers will help you with your tech

You don't need to download or learn any software

This is not Zoom, you will look and sound great!

  • Group prep tech session

  • Individual tech check

  • Your live performance will be professionally recorded by broadcasting engineers

  • Recording of your performance will be available on SEC YouTube and other channels for replays

  • You can request a copy of your performance video ($75 fee applies)

How to submit?

What do I get?

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CHOOSE

VIDEO SUBMISSION OF YOUR RECORDING

Judge's written comments and recommendations 

  • ​​Submit a YouTube (or Vimeo) link

  • Your video will be premiered on YouTube, SEC website, Facebook, and other channels

  • Your video will be featured in a video Gallery on SEC website 

  • Your video will be available for replays after the Premiere

  • You can choose "Competitive" and be considered for Sound Espressivo Semifinals

What to do?

What do I get?

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CHOOSE

COMPETITIVE

Apply to receive judges' comments (written for video submissions, or live if you choose to perform live)

Apply to be considered for Sound Espressivo Competition Semifinals in December 2021

  • Judges' comments (written for video submissions; live onscreen for live performances)

  • May be selected to compete in Sound Espressivo Semifinals in December 2021

  • May receive scholarships to participate in masterclasses with distinguished artists around the world

  • May receive scholarships for VCHS Broadcasting Seminar

  • ​​Certificate

What is it?

What do I get?

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CHOOSE

NON-COMPETITIVE

A low-pressure opportunity to share your art and talent

Judges' written comments are optional (you can request them)

  • Certificate

  • Your family and friends can watch your live performance and cheer in real time

  • Your performance will be recorded and your friends will be able to see it after the date

  • If you choose to submit a video, it will be premiered on our channels and available for replays

  • You will receive a free pass to observe masterclasses with distinguished artists around the world

Age Groups

Special Artistic Awards

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AGE GROUPS

and

 

ARTISTIC Awards

Under 10

11-14

15-18

19-25

Adult (26+)

Receive special recognition for achieving Artistry in Expression!

  • Program

  • Virtuosity

  • Miniature

  • Lyrical

  • Profound

  • Swift

  • Innovative

  • Academic

  • Music Ambassador

Choose where you thrive!

For Singers

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MUSIC PERIODS AND STYLES

Baroque (Period instruments)

Classical through mid-20th Century

Contemporary

Jazz

Music from around the world

  • Opera and Lieder

  • Broadway and Light