Performance Entry Information


The Competition will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Campus Hall, Wagner College. There are pre-set limits for the number of admissions for each instrument.

Deadline for receiving entry is January 7.

Applicants will be notified by e-mail of the time of their competition performance. Applicants must be available during the whole day. Audition times are definite and cannot be changed.


The Competition is open to all students in seventh through twelfth grades. Competition will be among students within in two different age groups:
a. Junior High School (Level 1) (grades 7, 8, 9)
b. Senior High School (Level 2) (grades 10, 11, 12)
Your music teacher must certify that you are able to perform at the appropriate level for your age.
Selections must have the approval of the student’s teacher, as well as the approval of the competition. Editions to be used for performance may not be simplified or abridged versions.
See other pages of the web-site for information about past winners.


The Competition will be limited to solo performance of classical music in the following categories: bowed strings, plucked strings, woodwind, brass, keyboard, voice.

Competition Judges

The panel of judges will be formed of outstanding musicians from the New York metropolitan area who are distinguished as both teachers and performers.

Application Procedure

Applicants must return their applications by e-mail. No paper applications will be accepted. Fill out the YMC Performance Entry Form and then return it as an attachment to the Director, .

Applications must be returned no later than January 7, 2013.
Applications must be complete in every detail.
A non-refundable entry fee of $40.00 must accompany the application. The YMC Performance Entry Form provides space to fill out the credit card information. Applications submitted without the fee will be returned.

At the Competition, which will take place all day on March 16, 2013, contestants will provide judges with a copy of their performance piece(s). One copy is sufficient. Send no music with the application. Dress for the Competition Preliminaries may be informal. The contestant may not have anyone else in the room with the judges.

Competition Procedure

All material must be chosen from standard solo literature or approved substitute compositions. Works performed at a previous Competition may not be repeated. Length of performance will be limited to nine minutes playing time. More than one composition may be performed, but the total time may not exceed nine minutes. A minimum of five minutes for Group II contestants and three and one-half minutes for Group I contestants is required. Judges rarely listen to more than six minutes.


All music written with an accompaniment must be performed with its accompaniment.
Performers must provide their own accompanist. The Competition does not pay accompanists fees, including Grand Prize Winners. This must be worked out between you and whomever is your accompanist. The applicant will be responsible for payment at the accompanist’s normal hourly rate. PLEASE BE SURE TO CONTACT THE ACCOMPANIST BEFORE YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION. You should not assume that an accompanist is available without making the appropriate arrangements for rehearsal time, etc. The accompanist’s name must be included on the Application Form.


First, Second, Third Place and Honorable Mention may be offered in each category of performance for each age group (Junior High School and Senior High School). There is no monetary award attached to these prizes. A Grand Prize of $500 may be awarded in Level 1 and Level 2. The awards and prizes are determined solely by the judges. Their determination is to be honored completely, and is therefore final, and subject to no appeal. The competition reserves the right to withhold a prize at any level should there not be a performance at sufficient level.

Before leaving, each participant will receive a written evaluation from the judges.
If you have further questions, please e-mail the Competition Director at

How to Enter the Competition

Return applications by e-mail to the director. If you have not received an acknowledgement of your entry in 10 days, please contact the Director, Dr. Ronald Cross.

Dr. Ronald Cross, Director
Young Musicians Competition
Wagner College Music Dept.
Campus Hall, Rm. 108
One Campus Rd.
Staten Island, NY 10301