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  • The application form needs to be filled out online, except for the audition recording.
  • You must pay the $150.00 USD application fee online.
  • The audition repertoire is the same as competition preliminary repertoire.

Preliminary:

Category AJunior Division (Born on and after August 2, 2002)

One movement of a Classical Sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert

One free choice

*The judges will listen to a maximum performance time of 15 minutes.

Category B: Senior Division (Born on and before August 1, 2002, to August 1, 1994)

One movement of a Classical Sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert

One Chopin Etude

One free choice

*The judges will listen to a maximum performance time of 20 minutes.

If you have any problems applying, please email [email protected] and include your contact information.  Thank you.

ELIGIBILITY AND REGULATIONS

  • Participation in the Philadelphia International Piano Competition is voluntary and only open to those admitted to PYPA.
  • The competition is divided into two divisions:
    • Senior Division: Born on and before August 1, 2002, to August 1, 1994.
    • Junior Division: Born on and after August 2, 2002.
  • PYPA will arrange an accompanist for the participants to perform. Participants must compensate the accompanist.
  • All performances must be from memory.
  • Except for the PYPA Scholarship Award, the PYPA artistic director and 2020 PYPA faculty will not judge in the competition.   Judges will be announced on this website.
  • All winners are required to perform in the winners’ concert at the Academy of Vocal Arts.
  • All judges’ decisions are final.

PRIZES

  • Winner of Senior Division: $1,000
  • Winner of Junior Division: $1,000

AWARDS AND ENGAGEMENTS

Perry and Gladys Rosenstein Recital Award

Solo recital at Puffin Cultural Forum (Teaneck, NJ) during 2020-2021 season
(Will be awarded to only one participant from both categories who performs the best solo repertoire performance during the competition, as determined by the judges.)

PYPA Scholarship Award

Full scholarship to attend the 2021 PYPA to be chosen by the Artistic Director of PYPA from the finalists.

Winners’ Concert

All prizewinners will perform in the 2020 PYPA closing concert at Academy of Vocal Arts.
Additional concert engagements will be added throughout the season at the discretion of the Artistic Director of PYPA.

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SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE TO ACTIVE STUDENTS WITH FINANCIAL NEED OR EXCEPTIONAL QUALIFICATIONS. INTERESTED APPLICANTS SHOULD SUBMIT A WRITTEN REQUEST, ALONG WITH SUPPORTING FINANCIAL DOCUMENTATION, AFTER RECEIVING THEIR ACCEPTANCE LETTER.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:
FOR BANK SECURITY REASON, ACCEPTED ACTIVE APPLICANTS AND OBSERVERS WIRING PAYMENTS TO PYPA VIA INTERNATIONAL BANKS WILL BE CONTACTED BY PYPA STAFF WITH BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS AFTER THE SELECTION PROCESS.

STUDENTS RESIDING IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:
ACCEPTED ACTIVE APPLICANTS AND OBSERVERS LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SHOULD MAKE PAYMENTS BY SENDING PERSONAL CHECKS OR MONEY ORDERS TO PYPA at 2000 Hamilton StreetPMB 947, Philadelphia, PA, USA 19130

Applications must be received by May 31, 2020.

 

Application DEADLINE 
May 31, 2020

(Online application received deadline)

 

PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCED and notified  
June 4, 2020

 

PARTICIPATION CONFIRMATION LETTER AND TUITION PAYMENT Due
June 11, 2020

*If an active participant or observer wishes to cancel before June 30, 2020, the active participant or observer must send a signed letter and PYPA will refund 50% of any tuition fees. If, however, cancellation is due to an inability to obtain a visa, the amount of refund is subject to approval by PYPA executive directors.
*If an active participant or observer wishes to cancel after June 30, 2020, PYPA will not refund any paid application or tuition fees unless the cancellation is a result of an Act of God or force majeure.

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