Welcome to Sound Espressivo 2021

Prelims are here!

Choose Your Date

  • April 24-25

  • May 29-30

  • June 26-27

  • July 24-25

  • August 28-29

  • September 25-26

  • October 23-24

  • November 27-28

 

(check deadlines below)

Age Groups

  • Under 10

  • 11-14

  • 15-18

  • 19-25

  • Adult (26+)

Time limit for Prelims - 10 min

Repertory - free choice

Medium

  • Piano

  • String Instruments

  • Wind Instruments

  • Guitar

  • Harp

  • Percussion Instruments

  • Baroque Instruments

  • Chamber Groups and Ensembles

  • Voice​

  • Dance

  • Traditional Instruments

Choose

  • Live Performance or Pre-recorded video submission

  • Competitive or Non-competitive

  • Artistic Category

  • Style/period: Baroque, Classical, Contemporary, Jazz

 

Details

​Sound Espressivo

Semi-Final and Final Rounds:

December 2021

Repertory - free choice

Time limit - 10 minutes

More details below

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DATES AND DEADLINES

Application deadline

April 15

May 1

June 1

July 1

August 1

September 1

October 1

November 1

Performance date

April 24-25

May 29-30

June 26-27

July 24-25

August 28-29

September 25-26

October 23-24

November 27-28

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MEDIUM

Instruments

Piano

All String Instruments

All Wind Instruments

Guitar

Harp

All Percussion Instruments

All Baroque Instruments

Other performance medium

Chamber Groups and Ensembles

Voice​

Dance

Traditional Instruments

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CHOOSE

LIVE PERFORMANCE

Application fee: $80

What is it?

  • 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!

What do I get?

  • 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 individual performance video ($75 fee applies)

  • Group instruction on streaming live performance

  • Individual tech check

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CHOOSE

VIDEO SUBMISSION OF YOUR RECORDING

Application fee: $55

How do I submit?

  • You can upload an MP4 video file

or

  • You can submit a YouTube link

What do I get?

  • You video will be premiered on YouTube, 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 still choose "Competitive" and be considered for Sound Espressivo Semifinals

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CHOOSE

COMPETITIVE

What to do?

  • 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

What do I get?

  • ​​Certificate

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

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

  • Winners of Prelims are awarded full scholarships to participate in masterclasses with Judges

  • Winners of Prelims receive full scholarships for VCHS Broadcasting Seminar

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CHOOSE

NON-COMPETITIVE

What is it?

  • A low-pressure opportunity to share your art and talent

  • You will not be judged

What do I get?

  • 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

  • You will receive a free pass to observe masterclasses with Judges

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

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REPERTORY

AND

TIME LIMITS

Repertory 

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

  • Check below for Artistic Categories. If you do choose one, then pick your pieces to reflect that Category

Time limits

  • 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

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AGE GROUPS

AND

ARTISTIC CATEGORIES

Age Groups

  • Under 10

  • 11-14

  • 15-18

  • 19-25

  • Adult (26+)

Artistic Categories

You can choose one Category, or None

  • Program

  • Virtuosity

  • Miniature

  • Lyrical

  • Profound

  • Swift

  • Innovative

  • Academic

  • Ambassador

  • None

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MUSIC PERIODS AND STYLES

Choose where you thrive!

  • Classical through mid-20th Century

  • Baroque (Period instruments)

  • Contemporary

  • Jazz

  • Music from around the world

For Singers

  • Opera

  • Broadway

  • Song