Application deadline

Performance date

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DATES AND DEADLINES

May 25

June 25

July 20

August 25

September 20

October 20

November 20

May 29-30

June 26-27

July 24-25

August 28-29

September 25-26

October 23-24

November 27-28

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. 

  • For all Prelims 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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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