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MDC Music Department Accepting Entries for Third Annual High School Piano Competition

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Miami, March 15, 2010 - Miami Dade College (MDC) Kendall Campus’ Music, Theater and Dance Department is seeking contestants from local high schools in grades 9 through 12 to participate in its Third Annual High School Piano Competition and Scholarship Audition

The annual high school competition and audition is open to high school students currently enrolled in either Miami-Dade or Broward County schools. Students enrolled in private or charter high schools are also eligible to apply.

Interested students can’t be older than 18 years of age and must apply via the online application available at:

The application deadline has been extended to Friday, March 19, 2010. The audition performances will be held the following week at MDC’s Kendall Campus. 

Once a student’s application has been received, they will be notified of their audition time. The scheduling blocks for the Wednesday, March 24, 2010 audition are from 9 a.m. to noon

Cash prizes will be awarded to the winning applicants in the following categories: first place $150; second place, $100; and third place $50. There is also a music scholarship prize and it will be offered to qualified high school seniors interested in attending MDC’s Kendall Campus. 

The rules of the competition are: 

·          Participants will have a 10-minute period to perform.

·         Contestants must prepare two (only) solo compositions, which clearly contrast in tempo and character (one fast and one slow.) Each sonata or sonatina movement counts as one composition. Types of compositions include but are not limited to: Sonatas, Preludes, Fugues, Scherzos, Ballads, Intermezzos, Toccatas, and Dances

·         Only standard published solo piano music may be used. No concertos or chamber works will be allowed. 

·         Compositions must be prepared in their entirety and without repeats (unless required by compositional form). If it is clear that time will run out, judges may ask a student to move to a later juncture in a composition (e.g., to the coda). Monitors will stop performances when time limits have been reached. 

·         Both compositions must be performed from memory. 

·         Participants must perform the works listed on the application. 

·         One score of each composition (not photocopied) must be brought for the judges. 

·         Contestants will be judged on degree of difficulty, tone, rhythm, style, execution, memory, and musicianship. 

·         Other than a cushion if needed, no apparatus, furniture, or attachment may be brought into the audition studio. 

·         Participants will receive comment sheets by mail after the competition. 

For more information about MDC’s Third Annual High School Piano Competition, contact Wayne Bumpers at 305-237-2392 or


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