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  • APPLICATION FEES


    Competition applicaton fee of $60 is required for each contestant.
    Application which require extra handling (for non-U.S. contestants)
    is $90 for each contestant
  • OPEN SOLO

    Category 1: Open Solo - No Age Limit

    There are four categories each, of six levels - a total of 24 Events, with contestants performing the same music in each event.

    All pieces are pre-selected. Contestants may enter any and all levels as they choose.
    For this category, the stated music editions will be used as the "official music" for all judges throughout the competitions. If a contestant is using a different edition, they must check carefully to make sure the music is not critically different from the official edition.
    All contestants must perform music designated for their events. Any contestant playing a wrong piece, they will be disqualified to win a prize in that event.
    For this category, music must be performed from memory
    . NO REPEATS are allowed, unless instructed clearly.

    For Levels 3A to 6A (Baroque): Guidelines will be given to judges concerning “commonly known” baroque performance practices which include ornaments, phrasings, dynamics, and articulations, not marked as such, but used by Bach, Scarlatti, Handel, and other Baroque composers and musicians as appropriate styles for the period.



  • TREASURY OF BAROQUE COMPOSERS

    Category 2: The Treasury of Baroque Composers - No Age Limit

    There are five levels in this category
    .
    Contestants may choose to enter one or more levels, but only once in each level.
    For this category, the stated music editions will be used as the "official music" for all judges throughout the competitions. If a contestant is using a different edition, they must check carefully to make sure the music is not critically different from the official edition.

    For this category, music must be performed from memory
    . NO REPEATS are allowed, unless instructed clearly.

    For all Baroque music: The judges will be instructed to accept all “commonly known” baroque performance practices which include ornaments, phrasings, dynamics, and articulations, not marked as such, but used by Bach, Scarlatti, Handel, and other Baroque composers and artists as appropriate styles for the period.


  • TREASURY OF CLASSICAL COMPOSERS

    Category 3: The Treasury of Classical Composers - No Age Limit

    There are five levels in this category
    .
    Contestants may choose to enter one or more levels, but only once in each level.

    For this category, music must be performed from memory. NO REPEATS are allowed, unless instructed clearly.
    Please review the Competition Rules before making any selection.




  • TREASURY OF ROMANTIC COMPOSERS

    Category 4: The Treasury of Romantic Composers - No Age Limit
    There are FIVE levels in this category .
    Contestants may choose to enter one or more levels, but only once in each level.

    For this category, music must be performed from memory
    . NO REPEATS are allowed, unless instructed clearly.

    Please review the Competition Rules before making any selection.



  • TREASURY OF CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS

    Category 5: The Treasury of Contemporary Composers - No Age Limit

    There are five levels in this category .
    Contestants may choose to enter one or more levels, but only once in each level.

    For this category, music must be performed from memory. NO REPEATS are allowed, unless instructed clearly.
    Please review the Competition Rules before making any selection.






  • TREASURY OF SPANISH COMPOSERS

    Category 6: The Treasury of Spanish Composers - No Age Limit

    There are four levels in this category
    .
    Contestants may choose to enter one or more levels, but only once in each level.

    For this category, music must be performed from memory. NO REPEATS are allowed, unless instructed clearly.
    Please review the Competition Rules before making any selection.
  • TREASURY OF USA COMPOSERS

    Category 7: The Treasury of USA Composers -
    No Age Limit

    There are five levels in this category .
    Contestants may choose to enter one or more levels, but only once in each level.

    For this category, music must be performed from memory
    . NO REPEATS are allowed, unless instructed clearly.

    Please review the
    Competition Rules before making any
    selection.



  • TREASURY OF CHINESE COMPOSERS

    Category 8: The Treasury of Chinese Composers -
    No Age Limit


    There are FOUR LEVELS in this Category.
    Contestants may choose to enter one or more levels, but only once in each level.

    For this category, music must be performed from memory
    .
    NO REPEAT S are allowed, unless instructed clearly.

    Please review the Competition Rules before making any selection.


  • OPEN DUET BAROQUE

    Category 9: Open Duet Baroque - No Age Limit

    There are THREE LEVELS in this Category. Contestants may choose to enter one or more levels, but only once in each level and only with the pre-selected pieces listed below. No Repeats.

    For Baroque Music: Guidelines will be given to judges concerning "commonly known" Baroque performance practices which include ornaments, phrasings, dynamics and articulations, even not marked in the printed music.
    This category DOES NOT REQUIRE MEMORIZATION
    althoughcontestants are strongly encouraged to play from memory if at all possible, especially at the Prizewinners’ Concerts .
    Note: Only one of the contestants will need to register for the event. The other contestant will be added by USOMC according to the contestant login email address. Every contestant must complete the application fee payment. All contestants' login email address must be entered when register. Make sure that the Login Email address reflect the contestant's name and NOT the parent's name nor teacher's name.

  • OPEN DUET CLASSICAL

    Category 10: Open Duet Classical - No Age Limit


    There are FOUR LEVELS in this Category. Contestants may choose to enter one or more levels, but only once in each level
    ; and only with the pre-selected pieces listed below. No Repeats.

    This category DOES NOT REQUIRE MEMORIZATION
    although contestants are strongly encouraged to play from memory if at all possible, especially at the Prizewinners’ Concerts.

    Note: Only one of the contestants will need to register for the event. The other contestant will be added by USOMC. Every contestant must complete the application fee payment. All contestants' login email address must be entered when register. Make sure that the Login Email address reflect the contestant's name and NOT the parent's name nor teacher's name.

  • OPEN DUET ROMANTIC

    Category 11: Open Duet Romantic - No Age Limit


    There are FOUR LEVELS in this Category . Contestants may choose to enter one or more levels, but only once in each level ; and only with the pre-selected pieces listed below. No Repeats

    This category DOES NOT REQUIRE MEMORIZATION
    although contestants are strongly encouraged to play from memory if at all possible, especially at the Prize Winners’ Concert.
    Note: Only one of the contestants will need to register for the event. The other contestant will be added by USOMC. Every contestant must complete the application fee payment. All contestants' login email address must be entered when register. Make sure that the Login Email address reflect the contestant's name and NOT the parent's name nor teacher's name.

  • OPEN DUET CONTEMPORARY

    Category 12: Open Duet Contemporary - No Age Limit

    There are FOUR LEVELS in this Category. Contestants may choose to enter one or more levels, but only once in each level ; and only with the pre-selected pieces listed below. No Repeats.

    This category DOES NOT REQUIRE MEMORIZATION although contestants are encouraged to play from memory if at all possible, especially at the Prize Winners’ Concerts .

    Note: Only one of the contestants will need to register for the event. The other contestants will be added by USOMC. Every contestant must complete the application fee payment. All contestants' login email address must be entered when register. Make sure that the Login Email address reflect the contestant's name and NOT the parent's name nor teacher's name.

  • SHOWCASE PIANO DUET/ENSEMBLE

    Category 13: Showcase Piano Duet/Ensemble - Own Choice of Music

    One Piano: Four to Eight Hands
    There are FOUR levels of different age groups in this Category – with two to four performers
    This category DOES NOT REQUIRE MEMORIZATION although contestants are strongly encouraged to play from memory if at all possible, especially at the Prize Winners’ Concerts.
    Contestants will choose their own music: Original compositions and all creative arrangements are acceptable.
    Any combination of pieces by one composer will be accepted for this event, with the exception of music from the Open Duet events of 2019, which cannot be used here (even in a different format/arrangement).
    Whether entering with partner(s) of the same age group or with older partner(s) at a higher age group, the rules are: each contestant can enter more than one level but only once at each level with partner(s) from the proper age group and with different music for each entry. The oldest partner determines the age group.

    Note: Only one of the contestants will need to register for the event. The other contestants will be added by USOMC. Every contestant must complete the application fee payment. All contestants' login email address must be entered when register. Make sure that the Login Email address reflect the contestant's name and NOT the parent's name nor teacher's name.
    The contestants must time their pieces accurately and mark them clearly on the Entry form. (see Note below)
    Contestants must upload the first 3 pages of each piece (each movement)
    at the time of their on-line application (unless the pieces are shorter than 3 pages long.
    Contestants must bring a copy of their music (no illegal photocopies) for the judges during the competition. Without proper music, the contestants will be disqualified.

    Note:

    The USOMC committee has agreed to allow the contestants of Showcase Piano Duet to play music beyond the indicated time limit allowed for the actual Competitions. To achieve the best results (A) the time for each piece must be accurately recorded by each contestant on his/her entry form, which will enable the USOMC staffs to correctly estimate the length of the event – to give the judges enough time to hear the music; and (B) if there is not enough time, the judges may want to cut some pieces short as they see fit, which will not reflect negatively on the contestants


  • SHOWCASE PIANO DUO/ENSEMBLE

    Category 14: Showcase Piano Duo/Ensemble: Own Choice of Music


    Two Pianos:
    Four to Twelve Hands
    There are FOUR levels of different age groups in this Category – with two to six performers
    This category DOES NOT REQUIRE MEMORIZATION although contestants are strongly encouraged to play from memory if at all possible, especially at the Prize Winners’ Concerts.
    Contestants will choose their own music: Original compositions and all creative arrangements are acceptable.
    Any combination of pieces by one composer will be accepted for this event, with the exception of music from the Open Duet events of 2019, which cannot be used here (even in a different format/arrangement).
    Whether entering with partner(s) of the same age group or with older partner(s) at a higher age group, the rules are: each contestant can enter more than one level but only once at each level with partner(s) from the proper age group and with different music for each entry. The oldest partner determines the age group.
    Note: Only one of the contestants will need to register for the event. The other contestants will be added by USOMC. Every contestant must complete the application fee payment. All contestants' login email address must be entered when register. Make sure that the Login Email address reflect the contestant's name and NOT the parent's name nor teacher's name.

    The contestants must time their pieces accurately and mark them clearly on the Entry form. (see Note below)
    Contestants must upload the first 3 pages of each piece (each movement)at the time of their on-line application (unless the pieces are shorter than 3 pages long.
    Contestants must bring a copy of their music (no illegal photocopies) for the judges during the competition. Without proper music, the contestants will be disqualified.

    Note:

    The USOMC committee has agreed to allow the contestants of Showcase Piano Duo to play music beyond the indicated time limit allowed for the actual Competitions. To achieve the best results (A) the time for each piece must be accurately recorded by each contestant on his/her entry form, which will enable the USOMC staffs to correctly estimate the length of the event – to give the judges enough time to hear the music; and (B) if there is not enough time, the judges may want to cut some pieces short as they see fit, which will not reflect negatively on the contestants


  • SHOWCASE PIANO SOLO

    Category 15: Showcase Piano Solo: This event is for exceptionally gifted

    ·There are Six Different Age Groups in this Category.

    · Contestants must select two (or two sets of) original and contrasting pieces from different musical periods . ANY STANDARD REPERTOIRE will be acceptable, such as one or more movement(s) from a Sonata, a suite or a set of Theme & Variations. No simplified music allowed. Contestants must be prepared to play their music entirely (no personal ‘cuts’ are allowed ) during the competitions . The judges may stop a performance before it ends or begin a piece from a certain section, neither of which will reflect negatively upon the contestants.

    · Notice: all pre-selected music used for 2020: including Open Solo (24 events), and ALL Treasury categories (33 events) cannot be used as a piece for the Showcase Solo Events of 2020.
    Contestants who have won First place in the past year are NOT allowed to enter the same repertoires they have won before.

    ·Performance must be from memory.

    ·The contestants must time their pieces accurately and mark them clearly on the Entry form.


    Note: The USOMC committee has agreed to allow the contestants of Showcase Piano Solo to play music beyond the indicated time limit allowed for the actual Competitions. To achieve the best results (A) the time for each piece must be accurately recorded by each contestant on his/her entry form, which will enable the USOMC staffs to correctly estimate the length of the event – to give the judges enough time to hear the music; and (B) if there is not enough time, the judges may want to cut some pieces short as they see fit, which will not reflect negatively on the contestants.

    ·Contestants must upload the first 3 pages of each piece (each movement) at the time of their on-line application (unless the pieces are shorter than 3 pages long) .

    ·Contestants must bring a copy of their music (no illegal photocopies) for the judges during the competition. Without proper music, the contestant will be disqualified .


    After each Competition, the 1st Place Winners should immediately notify USOMC which piece they will perform at the Prize Winners' Concert (only one piece/set of pieces is allowed). Please check carefully for the maximum time allowed for the Prizewinners' Concerts (cuts may be necessary, as determined by the 1st Place Winners).
  • SHOWCASE PIANO CONCERTO

    Category 16: Showcase Piano Concerto – One Movement
    This event is for the exceptionally gifted

    · NEW: There are FOUR different AGE GROUPS in this Category. The contestant may choose any one movement from a standard concerto.

    · To promote broader repertory knowledge, contestants who have won medal(s) in the past years are not allowed to enter the same concerto movement(s) they have won before, unless as part of the Complete Concerto Event in Category 17 .

    · Performance must be from memory .

    · Accompanist: USOMC will assign an Official Staff Pianist for this event as well as for the Prizewinners’ Concerts. The accompanist will not be judged. Piano teachers are not allowed to accompany their own students.

    The entry event fee covers the Accompanist fee which include one rehearsal (not to exceed one hour) plus accompaniment at the competition. For the Prizewinners' Concerts (first place winners only) a fee is required for performance with an Official Staff Pianist.

    · Contestants must upload the first 3 pages of their concerto at the time of their online application.
    Contestants must time their concerto movement accurately and mark it clearly on the Entry form
    .

    Note: The USOMC committee has agreed to allow the contestants of Piano Concerto to play music beyond the indicated time limit allowed for the actual Competitions. To achieve the best results (A) the time for each piece must be accurately recorded by each contestant on their entry form, which will enable the USOMC staffs to correctly estimate the length of the event – to give the judges enough time to hear the music; and (B) if there is not enough time, the judges may want to cut some pieces short as they see fit, which will not reflect negatively on the contestants.

    ·The judges may not hear the concerto movements in their entirety. This does not reflect negatively on the contestants .

    · Please Note: It is the contestants’ responsibility to show up at the competition site on time .

    · Contestants must bring a copy of their music (no illegal photocopies) for the judges during the competition. Without proper music, the contestant will be disqualified.

    The 1st Place Winner should be prepared to shorten their concerto movement at the Prizewinners’ Concert. The Official Staff Pianist will be available to accompany the first-place winners during the Prizewinners’ Concerts at an additional fee.

  • COMPLETE PIANO CONCERTO

    Category 17: Complete Piano Concerto - No Age Limit

    This event is for the exceptionally gifted
    Any complete concerto from the standard piano repertoire may be used.
    To promote broader repertory knowledge, contestants who have won medal(s) in this event in the past years are not allowed to enter the same complete concerto they have won before.
    Performance of the entire concerto must be from memory.

    Accompanist: USOMC will assign an Official Staff Pianist for this event as well as for the Prizewinners Concerts. The accompanist will not be judged. Piano teachers are not allowed to accompany their own students.
    The Entry fee covers the Accompanist fee which include one rehearsal plus accompaniment at the competition. Separate fee is required for the Prizewinners' Concerts - which will be for the First Place winner only.
    Contestants must upload the first 3 pages of each movement at the time of their online application.

    Please time each movement accurately and mark them clearly on the Entry form. Please carefully review the Competition Rules #5 and #6 under the COMPETITION RULES tab! The complete Concerto may be longer than 30 minutes, but each contestant is given a maximum time of 25 minutes for the competition. The judges may hear portions or the entire Concerto as they see fit. This does not reflect negatively on the performers.

    Contestants must bring a copy of their music (no illegal photocopies) for the judges during the competition. Without proper music, the contestant will be disqualified.

    Please Note: It is the contestants’ responsibility to show up at the competition site on time.

    The 1 st Place Winner is allowed a maximum of 10 minutes for the performance at the Prizewinners' Concert. Please make sensible cuts to fit the given time. The Official Staff Pianists will be available to play at the Prizewinners’ Concert for an additional fee.


  • SHOWCASE SIGHT-READING SOLO

    Category 18: Showcase Sight-Reading Solo

    There are Five Different Age Groups in this Category.
    All Contestants will play "by sight" one short piece according to their age levels.
    Levels Preparatory and Elementary will have 5 minutes to look over the music (without a piano) before their turn to play.
    Levels Junior through Senior will have 3 minutes to look over the music (without a piano) before their turn to play.
    Each contestant may enter only once in the Solo Event.
    Contestants of this category must report to the information booth 15 minutes before the competition time.


  • SHOWCASE SIGHT-READING DUET

    Category 19: Showcase Sight-Reading Duet

    There are Five Different Age Groups in this Category.
    All Contestants will play "by sight" one short piece according to their levels.
    All Contestants will have 5 minutes to look over the music (without the piano) before their turn to play.
    Contestants may enter more than one level but only once at each level with partner(s) from the proper age group. The older partner determines the age group.
    Contestants may count audibly at the competition.
    Note that every contestant will have to pay a one-time application fee. Only one of the contestants will need to register and pay for the event. The other contestants will be added by USOMC. Make sure to enter the other contestant's login email address. Indicate who is the Primo player.

    Contestants of this category must report to the information booth 15 minutes before the competition time.



  • OPEN OWN COMPOSITION

    Category 20: Open Own Composition - No Age Limit

    Contestants will perform an original composition of their own. Maximum time allowed is 5 minutes.
    Each contestant may enter this event only once. A finished composition must be sent to USOMC by December 1st, 2019.
    An additional $10 late fee will be charged for compositions received between Dec. 2nd - Dec. 22nd, 2019. If a contestant is unable to deliver by Dec. 22nd, 2019, they will be disqualified for the competition.
    This event will only be offered if there are sufficient entries.



  • SHOWCASE INSTRUMENTAL SOLO

    Category 21: Showcase Instrumental Solo

    There are Five Different Age Groups in this Category.

    Contestants must select two (or two sets of) original and contrasting pieces (with or without piano accompaniment) from different musical periods. ANY STANDARD REPERTOIRE will be acceptable, including Concertos, such as one or more movement(s) from a Sonata, a suite or a set of Theme & Variations. No simplified or arranged music allowed. Performance must be from memory. Contestants must be prepared to play their music entirely (without personal ‘cuts’). The judges may stop a performance at a certain point or begin a piece from a middle section, neither of which will reflect negatively on the contestants.

    USOMC will assign an Official Staff Pianist for this event as well as for the Prizewinners Concerts if the contestants’ music calls for a piano accompaniment. The accompanist will not be judged. Teachers are not allowed to accompany their own students. There will be no exception to this rule.

    The entry fee covers the Accompanist fee which include one rehearsal plus accompaniment at the competition. The Official Staff Pianist will be available to accompany the winners during the Prizewinners’ Concerts at an additional fee.

    Please review Rules #5 & #6 carefully!
    If the music piece(s) does not require piano accompaniment, contestants must select No for "Require Piano Accompaniment" at registration, and the accompanist fee will be refunded to the contestant after the applications are processed.

    Contestants must upload the first three pages of each piece at the time of their online application. When entering a complete Set or Suite, the first three pages of each movement must be uploaded with the entry.

    USOMC reserves the right to combine or cancel events that do not have adequate entries.

    Contestants must bring a copy of their music (no illegal photocopies) for the judges during the competition. Without proper music, the contestant will be disqualified.

    After each Competition, the 1st Place Winner should immediately notify USOMC which piece /set of pieces they will perform at the Prizewinners' Concert (only one piece /one set of pieces will be allowed).
    Please check carefully for the maximum time allowed for the Prizewinners' Concerts (cuts may be necessary).

    Note: For the actual Competitions:
    The USOMC committee has agreed to allow the contestants of Showcase Instrumental Solo to play music beyond the indicated time limit allowed for the actual Competitions. To achieve the best results (A) the time for each piece must be accurately recorded by each contestant on their entry form, which will enable the USOMC staffs to correctly estimate the length of the event – to give the judges enough time to hear the music; and (B) if there is not enough time, the judges may want to cut some pieces short as they see fit, which will not reflect negatively on the contestants.



  • SHOWCASE INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE

    Category 22: Showcase Instrumental Ensemble

    There are Two Different Age Groups in this Category.

    The Instrumental Ensemble may include from three to eight performers (any combination of instruments), with or without a piano part.

    Contestants may choose one or a set of pieces by one composer from any standard repertoire.

    Memorization is not required.

    Time the pieces accurately and mark them clearly in the registration. Please review the Competition Rule #5 under the COMPETITION RULE tab carefully!
    Contestants must upload the first 3 pages of each piece (for each instrument) at the time of your online application.

    The judges may not hear the pieces in their entirety. This does not reflect negatively on the contestants.

    Note: It is the contestant's responsibility to show up at the competition site on time.
    Contestants must bring a copy of their music (no illegal photocopies) for the judges during the competition. Without proper music, the contestants will be disqualified.

    Only one of the contestants will need to register and pay for the event. The other contestants will be added by USOMC. However, every contestant must complete the application fee payment. All other contestants' login email addresses and their instruments must be entered when register. Make sure that the Login Email address reflect the contestant's name and NOT the parent's name nor the teacher's name.

    USOMC may choose to combine this category with Category 23 - Showcase Sonatas if there are not enough participants.




  • SHOWCASE SONATAS

    Category 23: Showcase Sonatas


    There are Two Different Age Groups in this Category.

    The Showcase Sonatas include two (2) performers (any combination of instruments), with or without a piano part. Both contestants will be judged.

    Contestants may choose one or more movements (within the time limit) by one composer from any standard repertoire from the Classical musical period to the present. Sonatas from the Baroque period cannot be used in this category

    Memorization is not required.

    Time the pieces accurately and mark them clearly in the registration. Please review the Competition Rule #5 under the COMPETITION RULE tab carefully!

    Contestants must upload the first three (3) pages of each piece (for each instrument) at the time of your online application.

    The judges may not hear the pieces in their entirety. This does not reflect negatively on the contestants.

    Note: It is the contestant's responsibility to show up at the competition site on time.
    Contestants must bring a copy of their music (no illegal photocopies) for the judges during the competition. Without proper music, the contestants will be disqualified.

    Only one of the contestants will need to register and pay for the event. The other contestant will be added by USOMC. However, every contestant must complete the application fee payment. All other contestants' login email addresses and their instruments must be entered when register. Make sure that the Login Email address reflect the contestant's name and NOT the parent's name nor the teacher's name.

    USOMC may choose to combine this category with Category 22 - Instrumental Ensemble if there are not enough participants.
  • SPECIAL SHOWCASE SOLO

    Category 24: Newly Added - Special Showcase Solo - No Age Limit

    This year USOMC has launched this new event for disabled musicians only.

    There is no age limit.

    Any instrument will be acceptable.

    Contestants will play one piece of their own choice from any original / unabridged composition (Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Contemporary periods).

    Maximum time is eight (8) minutes.

    The contestant must provide proof of disability - any kind of legal physical or mental disability will be acceptable.

    The First Place Winner will perform at one of the Prizewinners' Concerts and will receive a gold medal plus cash awards. The Second, Third and Fourth place winners will receive silver, bronze and crystal medals at the same Prizewinners' Concert.

    Memorization is required.

    Time the piece accurately and mark them clearly on the entry form.

    This event will only be offered if there are sufficient entries.