New kind of online dating classical competitions


31-May-2020 23:20

At the Salzburg Summer Music Academy, 1,000 students work with a faculty of 70; at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, the count is 40 teachers to 11 students; at NYO Jazz, it’s 22 to 10; at Tanglewood it’s 155 to 75. Virtually all of the pre-professional institutes require an audition of some kind, while those for the very young steer clear of a competitive atmosphere.The listings in the Guide provide many options for musical self-improvement, with the added summertime bonuses of fun, friendship, and warm weather.There is a rich and entertaining world of live music ahead of us.This is our fifth annual Guide and it offers annotated listings of all shapes and sizes of competitions.The efforts by music schools and conservatories to keep pace with an ever-evolving job market by engaging in the community is explored in a feature article, Conservatories as Good Citizens: Four Success Stories.Author Brian Wise, producers of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s national weekly radio broadcasts, focuses on how music schools are infiltrating their surrounding community to help equip students with the needed tools for success.

The new Guide to Music Schools puts critical, in-depth information about more than 50 music schools and conservatories at your fingertips: audition requirements, post-graduate assistance programs, size of the student body, musical degrees offered, number of full time and adjunct faculty, tuition and number of scholarships awarded—as well as all the needed contact information and particulars.

Competitions may be controversial, grueling and, in the end, heart-breaking, but there’s no denying that winning one can launch a major career.

Culled from the hundreds of competitions in our database, we’ve come up with a select list; in it you'll find information on frequency, deadlines, disciplines, semifinal and finals dates, eligibility, awards options (such as performances, management, and recordings), and much more.

The 2017 Guide is our fourth annual Festivals guide and the largest to date.

We provide in-depth information about these summer musical oases: locations, ticket prices, dates, disciplines, artistic directors, and—for our managers and artists—booking cycles and contacts.We also sat with Pierre van der Westhuizen, currently in his second year as director of the Irving S. Westhuizen knows his way around competitions, having been the previous CEO of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, which he transformed into a world-class, multi-faceted experience.



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