Q: Can I use accompaniment CD/backing track during the competition?
A: No, pieces written with accompaniment must be performed with a live accompanist.
Q: Can I just play solo (without piano accompaniment)?
A: No, accompanied works must be performed with a live accompanist. If an accompanied work is presented without the accompaniment part, it will be disqualified.
Q: Do I have to memorize my piece? If I don’t memorize, will I get penalized?
A: No, Participants are encouraged to perform from memory, although this is not compulsory and no additional marks will be awarded.
Q: The piece I have chosen is too long if I perform it in entirety, can I choose to only play some part of the repertoire only?
A: Works chosen must be performed in entirety, omission of any part of the work is not permitted, with the exception of Orchestral tutti part. A single movement from a set work (Sonata, Suite, Concerto, etc) is acceptable. It is permissible to leave out repeats. However, repeats are allowed provided that the maximum time limit is respected. Any work that is not performed in entirety may result in disqualification.
Q: What if my performance exceeds the time limit?
A: The participant’s chosen repertoire must fall within the given the time limit. The jury members reserve the right to interrupt a performance if the performance exceeds the given time limit.
Q: What kind of clothes should I wear for the competition?
A: There is no dress code requirement, but we suggest to consider your performance as a formal concert performance. E.g. For girls: Formal dress, (Note for cellists: if wearing a skirt or dress, floor length is recommended. Do consider if the skirt is full enough to allow room for proper and comfortable posture). For boys: Long sleeved shirt with trousers, and tie or bow-tie (optional). Shoes: closed toe, no slippers or sandals.
Q: I don’t have any of the above suggested, will my attire affect the marks?
A: No, but do consider that the competition is also a performance, and presentation is part of the criteria.
Q: Can I practice at the venue before the competition start, or just to “try” the acoustics?
A: In some places, the venue might be available for hire a day prior to the competition. If that is the case, an email will be sent out (to the applicant) with the details of the hire. Do take note that time slots for these practices are chargeable and are available only on a first come first served basis.
Q: Can any member or staff of ESC act as a page turner for my piano accompanist?
A: ESC staff and crew are on duty on event days thus are not available, participants are suggested to hire your own page turners.
Q: Are music stands provided?
A: Music stands are not provided, you are required to bring your own.
Q: Can I request a performance time that is more convenient for me?
A: A quick answer is no, requests to alternate order of performance will not be entertained. Do take note, however, that participants must be ready and willing to perform earlier or later than their scheduled time due to any cancellations and unforeseen schedule changes.
Choosing a Repertoire:
Q: Can I play a medley, easy versions or arrangements?
A: Works chosen must be a published work of Western Art Music tradition, with the exception for the ensemble category. Any pieces included in the Trinity College London or Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) syllabus are accepted.
Q: Are pop songs, modern music allowed?
A: The Solo category performances require music that is of Western Art Music tradition – from the Baroque to 21st Century periods and does not include works of jazz, pop, rock, etc, with the exception of pieces included in the ABRSM or Trinity College London syllabus – which are accepted.
Q: My piece is only 1 minute, is that too short?
No, there is no minimum performance time required.
Q: Can I play two or more from a set piece, if it falls within the time limit?
No, only one movement is accepted.
Q: Can I use same repertoire in different categories?
A: Applicant may submit the same repertoire for multiple competitions.
Q: If I get selected for the Final Round, do I have to play the same piece I played for the Preliminary Round?
A: No, you are allowed to change the repertoire.
Q: Can I change the repertoire I submitted on my application?
A: Yes you can. However, a change fee of RM50 will apply for each repertoire change requested after the 7 days grace period. Repertoire changes will not be accepted two weeks prior to the competition date for the chosen region.
Q: Ensemble participants need to provide a copy of full score or complete set of parts to the judges?
A: Each ensemble must provide the judges one score or one complete set of parts for each work listed on the application.
Q: Does the application fee include refreshments/lunch/dinner?
A: No. All participants are responsible for their own expenses (travel, housing accommodations , etc.)
Q: If I cannot take part in the competition after I have done my application, is the enrolment fee refundable?
A: No, all fees paid upon submission are not refundable.
Q: If my ensemble member is a mixture of different ages, which category they can take part?
A: The age of the oldest participant determines the age group of the ensemble. E.g. In an ensemble comprising of members age 9 – 12, the ensemble must enter for the Age 12 and Below division. I
Q: Can I apply for multiple categories/age groups?
A: You can apply for as many categories/age groups as you like, so long as you don’t exceed the maximum age allowed for that category/age group.
Q: Can I take part in more than one ensemble?
A: An ensemble member may enter in more than one ensemble.
Prize Giving Related:
Q: I need to leave early and cannot wait until the announcement of winners, can I ask for my result in advance?
A: No. All results will only be announced at the Prize Giving, and will be published to our FaceBook page within 48 hours.
Q: I am unable to stay for the Prize Giving, if I were to receive a prize, will the prize be forfeited? Will I be informed of my achievement?
A: We will not be informing each winner individually. If you have won a prize but you did not attend the Prize Giving, it is your responsibility to check our Facebook page and to be in contact with us via email ([email protected]), upon which we will put you in contact with our local representative to arrange for Trophy (and certificate, if any) collection/delivery.
Q: If my student win the prize, will I be given a teacher’s certificate?
Q: I have won a Gold/Silver/Bronze prize at the Regional Round, can I get a prize certificate for that?
A: We do not issue additional certificates, but we can provide with you a letter of confirmation.
Q: Can I get in touch with my child at the backstage?
A: The backstage is strictly for ESC staff, team and crew members. If you need to contact your child, please ask for a staff to bring your child to you.
Q: Where can I access to your recorded video of my child?
A: We only upload the video of the final round winners to YouTube, you are suggested to record the performance of your child yourselves.
Q: Can I take back the copies of the music scores that were given to the Jury?
A: Yes, copies of the music will be left outside at the registration desk.
Q: Do you provide warm up room?
Q: I am selected as a Finalist, do you provide transportation for me to the Final Round?
A: All participants and their accompanying members are responsible for their own expenses and no reimbursements of any kind will be given.
Q: I am a parent/teacher, do I need to purchase a pass to watch my child/student perform?
A: Yes, all observers are required to purchase an entry pass.
Q: Do children need to purchase entry passes? Even if they do not occupy a seat?
A: Yes, all observers are required to purchase an entry pass. Children below the age of 4 are discouraged from attending.
Q: I am a teacher, and I have submitted a number of entries, will I get free entry passes?
A: Euroasia Association is a fully self-funded non profit organisation, and the sales of entry passes are a means of fundraising for us. Therefore, we are not able to offer any complimentary.
Q: My accompanist needs a page turner, does the page turner need an entry pass?
A: Yes, only the participant and the accompanist receives a complimentary day pass. The page turner will need to purchase an entry pass.
Q: Can I get the comment sheet of juries?
A: Comment sheets are provided for all jury members at both the Regional and Final Round but it is at their discretion whether or not they would want to write comments for the performance. Participants should collect their comment sheets from the registration desk after their performance.