The Sherer Violin & Piano Competition

Friday, May 15 – Saturday, May 16, 2020
Goshen College Music Center

Solomia Soroka, artistic director
Marcia Yost, executive director

Eligibility

The competition is open to classically-trained violinists and pianists in grades 8-12 (ages between 13-18 as of May 15, 2020). Competition applicants must not be enrolled in a degree program at a college or university.

Prizes

  • 1st Prize: $1000
  • 2nd Prize: $500
  • 3rd Prize: $300

Judges’ decisions on all prizes are final.

 

Application

A completed application form, proof of age (such as birth certificate, passport, or ID card), payment of non-refundable $50 application fee, and uploaded video recording file must be submitted by Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

Applications accepted beginning Monday, February 3, 2020.

 

Screening Recording

All entrants must submit an unedited video recording of one piece from their competition repertoire on or before Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Recordings should be uploaded to YouTube, or shared from Google Drive, Dropbox, or similar file-sharing service. Files should be shared with Dr. Solomia Soroka – solomias@goshen.edu.

 

Repertoire

Violin

Repertoire should include selections from at least two of the following style periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary. Standard violin concerto movements are permitted. All works must be memorized with the exception of sonata movements, and works written after 1945.Students should aim for a program no longer than 30 minutes in length. Competitors exceeding the 30 minute limit will be stopped.

Piano

Repertoire should include selections for solo piano from at least two of the following style periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary. Concerto performances are NOT permitted for piano. Extended techniques such as introducing foreign objects into the workings of the piano, strumming or plucking of strings, etc. are also not permitted. All pieces must be memorized. Students should aim for a program no longer than 30 minutes in length. Competitors exceeding the 30 minute limit will be stopped.

 

Notification

All entrants will be notified of acceptance via email by Monday, April 13, 2020.

 

Competition Schedule

Schedule is subject to change

Friday, May 15

  • 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  – Student arrival, registration, rehearsal, and practice time
  • 7:30 p.m. – Concert, Sherer Piano Trio & Guest Artists, Sauder Concert Hall
  • 8:30 p.m. – Reception for judges and competitors

Saturday, May 16

  • Morning – Warm-ups for violinists with accompanists, and pianists
  • 10:00 a.m. – Piano Adjudication, Sauder Concert Hall
  • 10:00 a.m. – Violin Adjudication, Rieth Recital Hall
  • 7:30 p.m. – Competition Winners Concert, Sauder Concert Hall

 

Contact

For questions about the application or repertoire requirements, please contact the following:

Marcia Yost

Executive Director
Sherer Competition

Solomia Soroka

Artistic Director
Sherer Competition