Ruth Davidson Competition

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Ruth Davidson Competition

April 18

Open to students in grades 9 and 10. Two entrants per teacher.

Eligibility: entrant must have studied since September of the current year with a NEPTA member in good standing (dues received by Sept. 30th) and is required to play in the Intermediate II, Senior, or 20th/21st Century recital.

Registration fee: $110
Competition playing time: 21 min.
Competition chair: Jia Shi
(Application deadline: March 18, 2021)

Requirements: repertoire must be performed by memory and must include one work, or group of works, from three of the following five periods (no concerti). One of these selections must be from either the Baroque or Classical period.

1. Baroque (written before 1750)
2. Classical: The Classical period for these purposes is defined as a movement of a sonata, a set of theme and variations, or a rondo by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven; or a sonata movement by Schubert. (Other works by Schubert should be considered for the Romantic period.)
3. Romantic
4. Impressionist
5. 20th/21st Century

One additional required work, selected by the “Post-1950 Repertoire” committee (memorization of this work is optional):
Nkeiru Okoye
: African Sketches, No. 2 Dusk, No.3 “Dancing Barefoot in the Rain”. Memorization of this work is optional. To obtain the sheet music please go to NEPTA’s Donation page, donate $20, and write in the “Donation Comment” box the student’s name and “African Sketches”. Each student is required to purchase their own copy for the competition audition. Once the payment is received, the treasurer, Shizue Sano, will email you the PDF of the score. Please contact Shizue Sano if you have any questions.

First Prize: $200; Second: $175; Third: $150

Due to the evolving situation surrounding the recent Corona virus outbreak, we will NOT be conducting this year’s Hamlet-Davidson Competitions at M. Steinert & Sons but instead will do it online by video submission. We do this out of an abundance of caution for everyone involved as we do not wish to cancel this event. Please download new requirements for the Ruth Davidson Competition (grades 9-10) for participation in the competition.

A. Ramón Rivera Contemporary Music Awards

$100 for the best performance of the required contemporary piece in the Ruth Davidson Competition.


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