The Earl R. and Marilyn Ann Kruschke Prize in Piano Performance

Competition Deadline Thursday, February 1, 2018

Kruschke Poster

COMPETITION INFORMATION

Purpose: 

The 2018 Earl R. and Marilyn Ann Kruschke Prize in Piano Performance [the Competition] gives all entering pianists an opportunity to perform music in a competitive setting and to receive awards to be used for the recipient's education and career in classical music. 

Eligibility:

The 2018 Competition is open to any talented pianist who is a California high school junior or senior, California community college music student and/or California State University undergraduate music student. 

Prizes and Awards: 

First Prize of $2,000 and Certificate: Awarded by Mrs. Marilyn Ann Kruschke. Dr. Shkoda requests that as a courtesy to the Competition sponsor the First-Prize Winner writes a thank- you letter to Marilyn Ann Kruschke explaining how the Competition Prize will enhance his/her education or career in classical music. The letter should be received by Dr. Shkoda prior to the processing of the Competition check. Please contact Dr. Natalya Shkoda for more information regarding this courtesy. 

Second Prize of $500 and Certificate: Awarded by the Department of Music and Theatre at CSU, Chico. 

Special Award of $100 and Certificate: Awarded by the Department of Music and Theatre at CSU, Chico for the best performance of Robert Schumann’s “Scenes from Childhood,” Op. 15. 

Any tax obligation for the prizes will be paid by the winner of the prize.

 

Preliminary Round Repertoire:

A Preliminary Round DVD recording not to exceed five (5) minutes in length should be submitted along with the other Competition Application materials to Dr. Shkoda on or before Thursday, February 1, 2018. The video recording should consist of a recent (no more than 12 months old) memorized, unedited and unabridged live performance of a piano solo work or works performed in their entirety that best represent the contestant’s current performing ability and should contain the following information:

  • Your name
  • Composer’s name(s)
  • Title(s) of the piece(s) with the key, opus number and playing time for each selection. 

Only original compositions from a standard piano solo repertoire may be performed in the Competition. Standard piano transcriptions are acceptable. Simplified and abridged versions of piano pieces are unacceptable. 

CSU, Chico piano students entering the Competition have an option to audition alive before a screening committee with a memorized five-minute Preliminary Round Competition program on or before February 1, 2018 at CSU, Chico. For more information about this option, please contact Dr. Shkoda. 

Applications will be screened to determine that all requirements have been met. If any discrepancy is noted, disqualification may result.

 

Final Round Repertoire:

The Final Round repertoire should consist of the following two items:

  1. Any five (5) memorized contrasting pieces from Robert Schumann’s “Album for the Young,” Op. 68.
    1. Any three (3) memorized works from Robert Schumann’s “Scenes from Childhood,” Op. 15. 

All pieces are to be performed in their entirety and within the 20-minute time limit. Repeats are optional. The repertoire chosen for the Preliminary Round may be repeated in the Final Round. Published editions of the scores must be brought to the Competition’s Final Round, with starting pages marked and starting measures of each line numbered. 

Performances exceeding the specified time limit may be stopped at the judges’ discretion and may result in disqualification.

 

Procedures and Dates to Remember:

Your completed and signed Competition Application accompanied by a five-minute DVD recording of your playing and a $70.00 non-refundable competition fee must be received by Dr. Shkoda on or before February 1, 2018. Please make your check payable to CSU, Chico Department of Music and Theatre Keyboard Fund. Please mail your application materials to Dr. Natalya Shkoda, Associate Professor of Piano and Artistic Director of Earl R. and Marilyn Ann Kruschke Prize in Piano Performance, Department of Music and Theatre, California State University, Chico, 400 West First Street, Chico, CA 95929-0805. Print or type your application form.  Late, incomplete, or illegible applications will not be considered. 

Artistic Director of the Competition will notify the finalists of their status by Thursday, March 1, 2018. Artistic Director of the Competition will determine specific performance times on Saturday, April 21, 2018 for each finalist and notify the finalists about those times in advance. Only the finalists will be notified of their status in the competition

Competition’s Final Round will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018, beginning at 12:00 PM at Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center (PAC) 134 at California State University, Chico, 400 West First Street, Chico, CA 95929-0805 (Corner of West Second Street and Normal Avenue). A 9-foot concert grand Steinway Piano is the official piano of the Competition. The Final Round is open to public. Finalists will perform for a judge. Decisions of the judge is final and may not be challenged. All finalists will receive the written comments from the judge and may discuss their performance with the judge after the Competition is over.

Application

Travel and Lodging:

All travel expenses and lodging are the contestant’s responsibility. 

Teacher's Responsibility:

  • Each student entered must have studied with his/her current piano teacher for at least six months prior to the Final Round of the Competition. Teachers will need to sign the Competition Application Form stating that the student(s) they enter into the Competition have studied under them at least since October 21, 2017.
  • Artistic Directors of the Competition may enter students.
  • Artistic Directors may adjudicate the Competition if they do not enter their students into the Competition.
  • Judge of the Competition may not enter students. 

Contestant's Responsibility:

  • Previous first-prize winners are ineligible to compete again.
  • Contestants are expected to provide judge with published edition of the works to be performed in the Competition's Final Round with starting measures of every line numbered, to dress appropriately for the Competition and to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. 

Questions and Contact Information:

The 2018 Kruschke Piano Competition Artistic Directors are Dr. Natalya Shkoda, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at CSU, Chico and Dr. Bradley Martin, Professor and Chair of the Music and Theatre Department at CSU, Chico. 

For more information about the Competition or questions about the appropriateness of a composition or a composer, please contact Dr. Natalya Shkoda.

  • Phone: (530) 898-4043
    • Email: NShkoda@CSUChico.edu
    • Mailing Address: Dr. Natalya Shkoda, Artistic Director of Earl R. and Marilyn Kruschke Prize in Piano Performance, Department of Music and Theatre, California State University, Chico, 400 West First Street, Chico, CA 95929-0805.