A unique program of intensive piano study designed for middle and high school students who are serious about piano playing, and who are considering majoring in piano performance at the college level.
• Artist Faculty: Dr. Amy Gustafson, Dr. Jose Ramon Mendez • Guest Artist Faculty: Jue Wang, Stephanie and Saar Duo, Weiyin Chen • 3 Guest Artist Recitals • 5 private lessons • Supervised daily practice • Miniature courses on music theory, critical listening, practice methods, & piano literature • 2 Trips to New York City • Student recitals at New York City's Yamaha Piano Salon and The Stony Brook School's Carson Auditorium
$2650 - (includes room and all meals for two weeks; transportation to and from airport upon request; five private lessons; entrance to all concerts, lectures and courses; and two trips to New York City)
Partial scholarships will be awarded. If you would like to be considered for one of these scholarships, please include a letter with your application and audition CD explaining why you should be considered.
Middle and high-school students, ages 11 to 17, who are studying the piano seriously and considering majoring in piano performance at the college level. Enrollment is limited to around ten highly qualified applicants.
Application and audition CD or DVD or a live audition in New York City. To schedule a live audition please contact Dr. Amy E. Gustafson at email@example.com.
(Live auditions take the place of audition CD or DVD).
April 1, 2014. Late applications will be accepted until May 1 with an application fee of $75. For more information, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 Stony Brook International Piano Festival Competition
in Honor of Jorge Bolet
June 27 - 28, 2014
The second biennial international young artist's competition hosted by The Stony Brook International Piano Festival, for pianists ages 5 - 18. All rounds will be held in Carson Auditorium at The Stony Brook School in Stony Brook, New York.
First Round: Friday, June 27 (Carson Auditorium) Second Round: Saturday, June 28 (Carson Auditorium) Awards Ceremony, Winners Recital, and Reception: Saturday, June 29 in Carson Auditorium) Detailed Schedule will be sent out to accepted participants.
First Round • 1 work by Bach (Little Preludes, Inventions, etc. Please note: 2 works from the Anna Magdalena Notebook will also be accepted • 1 Romantic piece by Chopin, Schumann, Mendelssohn, or Grieg • 1 Etude by Czerny, Heller, Clementi, Cramer, Moskowski, Rachmaninov, Liszt, Scriabin, Debussy, or Ligeti Second Round • 1 movement of a classical Sonata or Sonatina • 1 free choice work (can be repeated from the first round, or not)
First Round • 1 work by Bach, excluding Anna Magdalena Notebook • 1 Chopin Waltz, Nocturne, or Mazurka • 1 virtuosic Etude by Moskowski, Cramer, Chopin, Liszt, Czerny, Ligeti, Scriabin, Rachmaninov or Debussy Second Round • 1st movement of classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert • 20th century work or Impressionistic work
First Round • 1 work by Bach • 1 Nocturne by Chopin • 1 Etude by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Kapustin, or Ligeti Second Round • 1 complete Classical sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or Schubert • 20th century work or Impressionistic work
Send Application, Photo, Copy of Birth Certificate or Passport, Repertoire List, and Application Fee to:
Dr. Amy E. Gustafson 675 West End Avenue, Apt. 4C New York, NY 10025
Deadline: April 15, 2014
Non-Refundable Application Fee: $125.00 (personal check or money order only)
PLEASE NOTE: Must be made out to THE STONY BROOK SCHOOL *Please write: "Stony Brook International Piano Festival Competition" on the subject line*
Pianists, ages 5 – 17, of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.
Rules & Regulations
1. Rounds are open to the public. 2. All works must be performed by memory. 3. Jury will consist of three pianists of professional standing. Jury will be announced prior to the competition. Jury will NOT be able to see the contestants during the competition. Decisions of the jury are final. Participants, teachers of participants, or family of participants are strictly prohibited from speaking or communicating with jury members until after all prizes have been awarded. 4. All prizes do NOT have to be awarded. 5. Warm-up practice rooms will be provided the day of the competition for 15 minutes immediately before performance time. 6. Contestants are responsible for finding their own accommodation if necessary. Recommendations for accommodation will be sent out upon acceptance to the competition. 7. If an accepted applicant cancels his or her participation in the competition or simply fails to appear on the day of the competition, application fee is NOT refundable. Also, if a participant fails to comply with any of the listed rules, he or she may be disqualified and expelled from the competition. In this case, the application fee is also NOT refundable. 8. Competition will only take place if a minimum number of contestants apply. In the event that there are not enough contestants per category, the festival organization reserves the right to cancel the competition. In this case and only in this case, application fees WILL be refunded to each applicant.
To Be Announced in Spring 2014
FIRST PRIZE • $250 Cash and Winner's Medal • Performance in Winner's Recital in Carson Auditorium • Interview and Bio to be posted on www.sbipf.org
SECOND PRIZE • Performance in Winner's Recital in Carson Auditorium • $100 Cash and Winner's Certificate
THIRD PRIZE • Performance in Winner's Recital in Carson Auditorium • $50 Cash and Winner's Certificate
FIRST PRIZE • $500 Cash and Winner's Medal • Performance in Winner's Recital in Carson Auditorium • Participation in Master Class by guest artist at the 2014 Stony Brook International Piano Festival • Interview and Bio to be posted on www.sbipf.org • $1000 Scholarship to the 2015 Stony Brook International Piano Festival
SECOND PRIZE • Performance in Winner's Recital in Carson Auditorium • $500 Scholarship to the 2015 Stony Brook International Piano Festival • $250 Cash and Winner's Certificate
THIRD PRIZE • Performance in Winner's Recital in Carson Auditorium • $250 Scholarship to the 2015 Stony Brook International Piano Festival • $100 Cash and Winner's Certificate
FIRST PRIZE • 1 Solo Recital in the annual Spanish American Music Council 2014 - 2015 annual concert series (up to the discretion of the jury) • 1 Solo Recital in the 2015 Stony Brook International Piano Festival (up to the discretion of the jury) • Performance in Winner's Recital in Carson Auditorium • Participation in Master Class by Guest Artist at the 2014 Stony Brook International Piano Festival • $1250 Scholarship to the 2015 Stony Brook International Piano Festival • $500 Cash and Winner's Medal
• Performance in Winner's Recital in Carson Auditorium • $500 Scholarship to the 2015 Stony Brook International Piano Festival • $250 Cash and Winner's Certificate
THIRD PRIZE • Performance in Winner's Recital in Carson Auditorium • $250 Scholarship to the 2015 Stony Brook International Piano Festival • $150 Cash and Winner's Certificate
In honor of our fifth year, The Stony Brook International Piano Festival hosted its first biennial young artist's international piano competition in Carson Auditorium of The Stony Brook School. Three renowned jury members, Daniel Shapiro, Alexandria Le, and Saar Ahuvia, were delighted to hear the excellent pianists from around the world.
The Stony Brook International Piano Festival in honor of Jorge Bolet is a unique program designed for middle and high-school students who are serious about piano study, and who are considering majoring in piano performance at the college level. Designed to foster the highest excellence in piano playing, this intensive program will be set on the beautiful campus of one of the most prestigious college preparatory school in the northeast, The Stony Brook School, the same school from which legendary pianist Jorge Bolet received a post graduate diploma in 1934. Bolet retained a close relationship with The Stony Brook School throughout his life, returning frequently to the school's Carson Auditorium to play solo recitals. Only fifty miles from New York City, the peaceful campus is an ideal setting for focused learning, while retaining all the benefits of the rich musical culture of city, only a train ride away. During this two-week program, students will benefit from private instruction from Artist Faculty Members, the opportunity to play in a public master class by a Guest Artist, and several performance opportunities, including a recital at Carson Auditorium, an outreach concert at the Sunrise Assisted Living Facility in Setauket, and a final concert performance at New York City's Yamaha Piano Salon. Each week, every student will receive two or three one-hour private lessons and will be supervised during daily practice. Other musical opportunities will be offered, such as concerts by guest performers, lectures on topics related to piano playing, and miniature courses on subjects such as music theory, piano literature, and practice methods. Recreational activities, including a trip to a concert in New York City, an outing to the Port Jefferson Harbor, and a trip to Stony Brook's historic Village will also be part of these exciting two weeks.
At least two pieces and the etude must be at performance level for the festival. In addition, participants are welcome to bring additional pieces that are works in progress. Any questions about repertoire should be directed to Dr. Gustafson at email@example.com All selections must be memorized.
• 2 or 3 part inventions • Preludes and Fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier • Partita, French Suite, English Suite, (complete or 3 selected dances) • Italian Concerto • Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue
3. One additional work from a, b or c:
a. A classical sonata from Haydn or Mozart (complete or first movement only) b. One piece of choice from the Romantic period c. One piece from 20th/21st century periods. *Applicants from age group A are welcome to follow the requirements of age group B (see below).
c. One large form piece from the 20th or 21st Century CD/DVD Requirements: (Please note that DVDs are especially welcome)
1. Etude 2. One other work from lists a or b
1. Selection by Bach 2. Etude 3. One other piece from lists a, b, or c.
A Typical Day at the Festival
7:30 - Exercise
9:00 - Breakfast
9:30 - Practice session 1 in Carson Auditorium
12:00 - Lunch
1:00 - Classes or Outings
3:00 - Practice session 2 in Carson Auditorium
6:00 - Dinner
7:30 - Concert, Lecture, or Recreational Activities
Lessons are scheduled at various times throughout the day, often during one of the practice sessions. Daily schedule will vary depending on the schedule of master classes and concerts, trips, performances, and a wide variety of recreational activities. The final schedule will be confirmed by May 2013 and will be distributed to selected participants after their notification of acceptance.
Thursday, July 3, 2014 Stephanie and Saar DUO Carson Auditorium Stony Brook, NY
• Completed and signed application • $50.00 application fee. Late application fee (after April 1): $75.00 • CD or DVD - see requirements • 2 x 2 passport photo or professional headshot • One recommendation letter from renowned musician (this may be, but does not have to be, your own teacher). May be sent together with application or under separate cover. • Scholarship letter - (if applying for scholarship) • List of repertoire played in the last 3 years • List of recent performances, prizes, or awards (if applicable)
Checks should be made payable to:
"The Stony Brook School" PLEASE SPECIFY "International Piano Festival" on the memo line.
Please note: Application materials cannot be returned.
When will I be notified of my acceptance status?Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status two to three weeks after their materials are received.
When are parents allowed on campus?Parents are encouraged to bring their children to the orientation on the first day. In addition, parents are welcome at any of the concerts presented by the festival. However, parents are not allowed on campus during the regular daily schedule.
Where will participants stay?Festival participants will stay in the two new dorms on the campus of the Stony Brook School. Girls and boys will be separated and will be supervised by a festival counselor. While Stony Brook is generally an extremely safe area, entrance to the dorms is coded, and each dorm is armed with a security system. In addition, a campus security guard will be on duty from evening to morning each day.
What does the term miniature course mean?These courses will meet for one hour each session and each class will cover a distinct topic relevant to the serious piano student.
What does supervised practice mean?A teaching assistant will be making the rounds checking to make sure each student is practicing well and following the instructions given to them in their lesson.
Do the dorms have washing machines?Yes. The washing machines are located in each lavoratary and are free for festival participants.
Is there internet access on campus?There is a wireless connection and each dorm is equipped with three computers with internet access. These computers are on the content filters of the school, so certain pages will not be available.
Will there be a nurse on campus?Yes, there will be a nurse on call every day during the festival.
Can I bring my cell phone to the festival?Yes, but participants are not permitted to use cell phones throughout the day. Cell phones will be collected at breakfast and returned after the evening event. Exceptions will be made in the case of an urgent matter or emergency.
Jorge Bolet was born in 1914 in Havana, Cuba. In 1927, he was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with David Saperton (Leopold Godowsky's son-in-law) as well as with Godowsky himself, Josef Hofman and Moriz Rosenthal. In 1934, he wished to broaden his education and did so by studying for one year at The Stony Brook School. In 1937, Bolet won the Naumburg International Piano Competition. Later that year, he presented his New York debut, a concert that Rachmaninoff, Horowitz and Godowsky all attended. Success did not immediately follow him, however, and in the 1940s and 50s he supplemented his few performances by teaching as Rudolph Serkin's assistant at Curtis Institute. During the 1970s he began to achieve greater recognition, and it was his epic Carnegie Hall recital in 1974 that truly turned the tides of his career. In 1976, he signed an exclusive recording contract with Decca, with whom he recorded all the cornerstones of his repertoire, principally music by Chopin, Schumann, and Liszt. He passed away in 1990 in Mountain View, California at the age of 76. Although Bolet did not receive the recognition he deserved until late in his life, he is now widely regarded as one of the finest pianists of the 20th century.
A school distinguished for academia, set apart by its mission, The Stony Brook School is widely known for a passion for character education. Founded in 1922 with the motto "Character Before Career," The Stony Brook School educates students in matters of the mind, body and heart. Students are challenged to become leaders with integrity and virtue; character development is considered to be an essential component of the educational process. While students are presented with the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they are free to maintain their own personal spiritual beliefs. With its beautiful historic buildings, newly renovated practice spaces, and a strong emphasis on the arts, The Stony Brook School provides ample resources for those who wish to continue serious music studies within a rigorous academic environment.