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Rules/Prizes

 

Categories

Ages 15-18 Division

1st Place: $2500

2nd Place: $1000

3rd Place: $500

One Audience Prize: $200

Honorable Mention (subject to juries, no scholarship)

Ages 11-14 Division

1st Place: $1200

2nd Place: $800

3rd Place: $300

One Audience Prize: $200

Honorable Mention (subject to juries, no scholarship)

Ages 8-10 Division

1st Place: $800

2nd Place: $400

3rd Place: $200

One Audience Prize: $200

Honorable Mention (subject to juries, no scholarship)

Honorable mentions will receive a certificate of achievement, but will NOT receive a scholarship.​ Given COVID-19, small ensembles will NOT be a category.

All winners, including honorable mentions, will perform at future concerts with the HIMC.

Piano Concert Hall

Eligibility

All who play a string instrument (minus piano and harp) or piano are eligible. There are no place-of-residence requirements- contestants may reside in either international or US territories. 

With a separate application, an applicant may apply for multiple entries (e.g. violin & viola).

Any 1st prize winners of the 2021 HIMC Competition may not apply for the same category in which they won 1st prize (e.g. if a contestant won 1st prize in the 9-13 division last year, they may still compete in the 11-14 division); however, 2nd places, 3rd places, and any honorable mentions may apply for the same category in which they won.

Age of performer must be determined by the performer's age by June 8, 2022. For example, if a 15-18 division performer turns 19 on June 8, 2022, but is currently 18, they are ineligible for the HIMC 2022. 

 
 

Repertoire

Ages 8-10 Division & Ages 11-14 Division

All performers of these divisions are required to perform ONE piece of musical merit* preferably under 7 minutes for pre-screening. If the piece is longer than 7 minutes, the judges will listen to the first 7 minutes of performance- this will not impact their decision in any way. Accompaniment is preferred, but not required. The same piece or two different pieces may be performed for pre-screening and finals. 

 

Ages 14-18 Division
All performers of this division are required to perform ONE piece of musical merit* preferably under 10 minutes for pre-screening. If the piece is longer than 10 minutes, the judges will listen to the first 10 minutes of performance- this will not impact their decision in any way. Accompaniment is preferred, but not required. The same piece or two different pieces may be performed for pre-screening and finals. 

Please reach out to info@himc.us or fill out a contact form if you have any questions about the repertoire. 


*Examples of Acceptable Pieces:

Carmen Fantasy Op. 25 by Pablo de Sarasate

Flute sonata in A major BWV 1032 by J. S. Bach

"Moonlight" Piano Sonata No. 14 in C# minor 3rd Mvt. by Ludwig van Beethoven

and etc.

* Examples of Unacceptable Pieces:

Star Wars theme Song

River Flows In You

Baby Shark

and etc.

 

Guidelines for Preliminary Recordings

1. If Acceptd does not accept your file due to its large size, either send the video to kevin@himc.us and office@MusicHouston.org (preferably a Youtube link). 

2. Contestants must show their full body and have adequate lighting as to see their face and instrument as well as their full range of motion.

3. Audios and videos may not be edited.

4. Accompaniment is preferred, but not required. 

5. Please name the email and the video as the performer full name (First Last).

* Music Houston reserves the right to change these terms and conditions at any time.