2. Application fee: a check for $40.00 should be made payable to FSMTA District 3, with "Concerto Competition" and applicant's name is the notes and mailed to District III Concerto Competition Chair Anne Falik. Postmarked by February 1.
3. Teacher’s fee (if applicable): FSMTA members who renewed their membership before November 30 pay no fee. All other teachers are required to pay $40 non-member fee. A check for $40.00 should be made payable to FSMTA District 3, with "Non-member teacher" and teacher's name is the notes and mailed to District III Concerto Competition Chair Anne Falik. Postmarked by February 1.
4. Audition video must be uploaded to YouTube between March 1 and March 14 (by 11:59pm EST). Each applicant will receive an email with additional instructions for uploading video to YouTube after application and fee(s) are received.
Video Requirements: · Audition video must be recorded in one unedited take, the camera angle must be fixed (no multiple angles). · Live and pre-recorded accompaniment are allowed. Accompanists are allowed to use electronic piano. · The applicant’s hands and face must be clearly visible. The video may not contain any clues as to identity of the performer. It may contain date of recording (but not place) and titles of works. · The recording must be recent, made no earlier than January 1, 2021. · Recordings from public performances are allowed. However, no people other than performers should be visible. No spoken word or subtitles are allowed. · Video formats admitted may be only the following: .WMV, .AVI, .MOV, MPG, .MP4. · You may record using laptop, tablet, cell phone, consumer-grade cameras, as well as a higher-grade camera with or without external microphones. Use of dedicated sound capturing devices is strongly recommended. Video quality of at least 720p or higher is required. Accompanists: · Live accompaniments are preferred, however, if entrants are unable meet with accompanists, prerecorded accompaniments are acceptable. CDs and online platforms (Piano-Accompaniments.com, Appcompanist.com, pianoaccompanimentstracks.com, mypianoaccompaniment.com) may be utilized as is appropriate. · Teachers may accompany any entrant. Other rules:
All videos are randomly numbered and made anonymous to the judges. All decisions of the judges are final and will not be subject to further review. Judges have the right to declare no winner.
Incomplete applications or video submissions that do not follow the above rules may result in the participant’s disqualification without refund. All questions should be email to FSMTAcompetitions@gmail.com prior to submitting an application.
General Information for Entrants The FSMTA Concerto Competition is a two-stage competitive event. All applicants must first apply and compete at a District level. Deadline to apply for District III Concerto Competition is February 1. District Concerto winners (with the exception of the Elementary category) are obligated to represent their Districts and compete in the State Concerto Competition. Instrumental categories of contestants are as follows: Piano, Organ, Voice, Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion, and Strings (including Harp). Age Categories:
Elementary, 12 years and under (this is a special entry level which takes place only at the District competition. This level exists to provide opportunities for adjudication of students not yet ready to compete in the Junior level. These winners do not proceed to the State competition.)
Junior, 12 years and under
Intermediate, 13–15 years
Senior, 16–19 years. Senior entrants must not have graduated or taken the GED and must be enrolled in a high school program. Dual enrollment students are eligible.
Determine District (see “How to select your District” below) in which to enter your student(s).
Visit that District’s local MTA webpage or contact the District Concerto Chairman (listed here) to find out about the deadline and competition dates, location, and the entry fee for your District.
District Concerto winners of each level, with the exception of the Elementary category, are obligated to represent their Districts and compete in the State Concerto Competition. The dates and details can be found on the FSMTA Competitive Events page.
If any District winner becomes unable to compete in the State Competition, the District and State Concerto Competition Chairpersons must be notified immediately.
The application process at a District level is not complete until you have submitted the application form and submitted your check or electronic payment.
The teacher is responsible for completing and electronically submitting this application. All rules must be followed otherwise the application will be disqualified if not corrected by the deadline. All questions should be directed to the District Concerto Competition Chair prior to the deadline. All fees are non-refundable.
How to select your District: For Map of FSMTA Districts click here. Alachua County is District III. For questions, contact your District Competition Chairman listed on the FSMTA Competitive Events page or email Concerto Competition Chairperson, Anne Falik, firstname.lastname@example.org. The teacher must enter all of his or her participating students in a district in which he/she is a member of a local MTA. If a teacher is a member in more than one district, the student has to enter in a district where the student resides. The contestant must be a Florida resident. Exceptions are given to students residing more than 100 miles radius from the location of the live event. For non-members district affiliation is based on the physical location of the teacher’s studio. If the teacher’s studio is located outside of Florida, the student must enter in the District where he/she legally resides.