Competition Guidelines

Eligibility

Applicants must be at least 15 years of age and not have graduated high school.

Past Schmidbauer first-prize winners, musicians under current professional management, or current students of 2018 judges of the Schmidbauer International Competition are ineligible.

Repertoire (All music must be performed from memory and remain the same in each round)

Piano Division

  1. First or final movement of a sonata
  2. Contrasting work
  3. Etude
    (one work must be from the Baroque or Classical period)
    (total performance must be no more than 20 minutes in length)

String Division

  1. One unaccompanied movement from a Bach suite
  2. Contrasting work such as a concerto movement or virtuosic piece
    (total performance must be no more than 20 minutes in length)

Accompanists

All competitors are required to provide their own accompanists. The competition is willing to offer suggestions for local accompanists, but it is the responsibility of the competitor to make arrangements.