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MDC Kendall Campus to Host Fourth Annual High School Piano Competition and Scholarship Audition March 25-26

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Miami, March 15, 2011 - 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 Fourth 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.

The application deadline is Friday, March 18, 2011. 

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

Once a student’s application has been received, they will be notified of their audition time. The faculty recital will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 25 and the competition will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 26, at the McCarthy Auditorium in Room 6120 on MDC’s Kendall Campus. 

A cash prize of $200 will be awarded to the first place winner and music scholarships will be offered to qualified high school seniors interested in attending MDC’s Kendall Campus. 

Competition Guidelines for All Participants:

·                  Participants must be enrolled in high school and no more than 18 years of age.

·                  Judges will provide written commentary for all participants.

·                  All applications are to be made electronically at

·                  Contestants will be notified of audition times after all entry information forms have been received and scheduling has been completed.

·                  Entrants who have not received confirmation by March 21, 2011 should notify Wayne Bumpers at 305-237-2392 or email

·                  Warm-up rooms will be provided. 

Not all prizes may be awarded. Miami Dade College reserves the right not to award prizes based on levels of performance. 

Competition Rules:

·                  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) that represents different style periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, Contemporary). A 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 original solo piano music may be used. No concertos or chamber works will be allowed.

·                  Compositions must be prepared in their entirety, but 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. No penalty is incurred if a performer is excused, due to time constraints, before a piece is completed.

·                  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.

·                  Participant must be present at the Awards Ceremony at the end of the competition to receive their prize.

·                  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

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist

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