2014 Earl R. and Marilyn Ann Kruschke Prize in Piano Performance

Kruschke Poster



Printable Kruschke Competition Rules

Printable Kruschke Application Form

COMPETITION INFORMATION  

Purpose: The 2014 Earl R. and Marilyn Ann Kruschke Prize in Piano Performance 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 2014 Earl R. and Marilyn Ann Kruschke Prize in Piano Performance [the Competition] is open to any talented pianist who is 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

As a courtesy to the Competition sponsor, the First-Prize Winner will need to write a thank-you letter to Marilyn Ann Kruschke explaining how the Competition Prize will enhance his/her education or career in music. The letter will need to be received by Dr. Shkoda before the Competition Prize check will be processed. Please contact Dr. Natalya Shkoda for more information about this requirement.

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

Special Award of $100 (Alexander Scriabin Award) and Certificate: Awarded by the Department of Music and Theatre at CSU, Chico. Students choosing to perform a solo piano piece by Alexander Scriabin will automatically be considered for this year’s Alexander Scriabin Award.

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

PRELIMINARY ROUND REPERTOIRE

A Preliminary Round video 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 Monday, December 6, 2013. The video recording (DVD is preferred) 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 key, opus number, and plying tome 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 with a memorized five-minute Preliminary Round Competition program on or before December 6, 2013 at CSU, Chico. For more information about this option, please contact Dr. Shkoda.

FINAL ROUND REPERTOIRE

Finalists should perform two memorized solo pieces representing any of the following four categories - Baroque, Classical, Romantic and/or Modern. Both pieces are to be performed in their entirety and within the 20-minute time limit. Repeats are optional. Multiple movements of a work may be entered as one selection. The repertoire chosen for the Preliminary Round may be repeated in the Final Round. Performances exceeding the specified time limit will be stopped at the judges’ discretion and will result in disqualification.

Published editions of the scores of all performed pieces must be brought to the Competition’s Final Round, with starting pages marked and measures numbered. No photocopies of music scores may be used as this will result in an automatic disqualification of the contestant.

PROCEDURES AND DATES TO REMEMBER

  • Your completed and signed competition application accompanied by a five-minute video recording of your playing and a $60 non-refundable competition fee has to be received by Dr. Shkoda on or before December 6, 2013. Make your check payable to CSU, Chico Music and Theatre Department Keyboard Fund. Please mail your application materials to Dr. Natalya Shkoda, Assistant Professor of Piano and Artistic Director of the 2014 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 Monday, December 30, 2013. A pool of no more than 10 finalists will be selected after application materials are received and screened. Only the finalists will be notified of their status in the competition.
  • Artistic Director of the Competition will determine specific performance times on Saturday, April 6, 2014 for each finalist and notify the finalists about those times by Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
  • Competition’s Final Round will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014, 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 an invited judge or a panel of judges. Decisions of the judge(s) are final and may not be challenged. All finalists will receive the written comments from the judge(s) and may discuss their performance with the judge(s) after the competition is over.

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 competition. Teachers will need to sign the Competition Application Form stating that the students they enter into the competition have studied under them for the past six months.
  • The Artistic Director of the Competition may enter students.
  • Judge(s) of the Competition may not enter students.
  • Applications will be screened to determine that all requirements have been met. If any discrepancy is noted, disqualification will result.

CONTESTANT'S RESPONSIBILITY

  • Previous first-prize winners are ineligible to compete again.
  • Contestants are expected to provide judge(s) with published editions 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

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, Assistant Professor of Piano, Artistic Director of the 2014 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.