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Rule 5: Time Limit for All Contestants:

During the Competition and Performance at the Prizewinners' Concerts

|Category| |Level| |Competition| |Winners Concerts|
All Treasury Intermediate 3 min
(2 through 8) Senior 4 min
Advanced 5 min
Open Duet Intermediate 3 min
(9 through 12) Senior 4 min
Advanced 5 min
Showcase Piano Solo Preparatory 4 min 2 min
Elementary 5 min 3 min
Junior 7 min 4 min
Intermediate 9 min 4 min
Senior 12 min 6 min

Advanced 12 min 6 min
Showcase Piano Duet / Duo Elementary 5 min 3 min
(cat. 13 - 14) Junior 7 min 4 min
Intermediate 9 min 4 min
Senior 10 min 6 min
Piano Concerto Junior 7 min 5 min
Intermediate 9 min 6 min
Senior 12 min 7 min
Advanced 12 min 7 min
Complete 25 min 12 min
Instrumental Solo Elementary 5 min 3 min
Junior 7 min 4 min
Intermediate 9 min 4 min
Senior 12 min 6 min
Advanced 12 min 6 min
Instrumental Ensemble; Showcase Sonatas Intermediate 8 min 5 min

Senior 10 min 7 min
Special Showcase Solo 8 min
5 min


(5a) Any First-Place Winner who exceeds the time limit allowed for the Prizewinners' Concerts (which is different from the actual competition) will be disqualified from winning the Outstanding Gold Medalists' Award at the Prizewinners' Concerts.

(5b) If time permits, USOMC will allow the contestants of (1) Showcase Piano Solo (2) Special Showcase Solo (3) Showcase Piano Duet/Duo (4) Piano Concertos, (5) Showcase Instrumental Solo (6) Showcase Sonatas and (7) Showcase Instrumental Ensemble to play music beyond the indicated time allowed for the actual Competition.
To achieve the best results:
* the time for each piece must be accurately recorded by each contestant on their event registration, which enable the USOMC staffs to correctly estimate the length of the event - giving enough time for each performer; and should an event run late, judges may want to cut certain pieces shorter as they see fit, which will not reflect negatively on the contestants.