General Intro

SPONSOR
SHANGHAI CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
SHANGHAI ORIENTAL ART CENTER

UNDERTAKING
ORGAN ART CENTER AT SHANGHAI CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC

The Second Shanghai Conservatory of Music International Organ Competition is hosted jointly by Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Shanghai Oriental Art Center, with purposes of encouraging and recognizing talented young organists around the world, enhancing public awareness and interest for pipe organs and organ music, and promoting international collaborations among various organizations in the organ field. This Competition will be charged and managed by the competition committee (“Committee”).

Prizes

1

1st
PLACE
6,000 USD

2

2nd
PLACE
4,000 USD

3

3rd
PLACE
3,000 USD

4

4th
PLACE
1,000 USD

5

5th
PLACE
1,000 USD

6

6th
PLACE
1,000 USD


* The amount of the prize is pre-tax amount. The committee will withhold any tax that the committee is required with respect to such prize, such as value added tax. The participant shall be responsible for all tax consequence associated with the prize, including income tax. *

Competition Rules

1. Eligibility

Participants are limited to individuals who were born between November 6, 1984 and November 6, 2001 (18 to 35 years old). The competition will consist of one preliminary round and two final rounds.

2. Important dates

The deadline for submitting all preliminary round application materials is May 23, 2019 (the application shall be deemed submitted until the Committee receives all the required application materials); all applicants will be informed of the results of the preliminary round on July 23, 2019; the two final rounds of the competition will be open to the public at Shanghai Oriental Art Center on November 6-7, 2019.

3. Performance Rights

Participants acknowledge and agree that this competition may be recorded, broadcast on international radio and television, or retransmitted over the Internet by the Committee without any financial compensation to the participants. Participants are therefore expected to relinquish all broadcast and recording rights of all kinds, as well as the ensuing rights, for an indefinite period. The Committee may photograph, record and film the competitors for advertising and promotional purposes. By signing the application form, the participants agree to release their rights to future use of all photographs, recording (including the preliminary round recording) and filming of their performances.

4. Organ Specifications and Practice Time

The organ for the final competition at Shanghai Oriental Art Center was completed by Rieger in 2005. The 88-rank 5-manual instrument with sequencer is one of the biggest organs in China. Please find the stop list and more information at: www.rieger-orgelbau.com

Adequate memory levels and at least 6 hours of practice time will be given to the six finalist prior to the competition.

5. Memorization and Page Turner

Memorization is not required and will not influence the decision of the judges. A page turner will be provided for the live competition performance, if required.

Competitors may use music scores during the performance. The use of photocopies of scores in public domain (copyright before 1923) is acceptable. The use of photocopied or other illegally reproduced copyrighted scores without the written permission of the copyright holder is prohibited and will disqualify a competitor from participation in the competition. Exceptions to this rule apply only to reductions for performance and to pages duplicated for the purpose of facilitating page turns.

Jury information

The Committee will offer each participant who reaches the two final rounds the economy class airfare (round trip). Lodging will be provided for the period of competition free of charge.


President of the Jury

Ludger Lohmann (Germany)
PROFESSOR


President of the Jury, Professor of Organ at Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, organist at St. Eberhard Catholic Cathedral, Stuttgart for many years

President of the Jury

HE Xuntian
PROFESSOR


Distinguished composer, Creator of a new musical language, professor at Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

John Walker
PROFESSOR


President of American Guide of Organists, Professor at Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.

François Espinasse (France)
PROFESSOR


Professor at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon, Organist in the Cathedral de Saint-Severin in Paris.

Cherry Rhodes
PROFESSOR


Professor of Organ Department at University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

David Hamilton
PROFESSOR


Professor at Music School of Douglas Academy and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Guest Professor at Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

Jos van der Kooy (Netherlands)
PROFESSOR


Faculty of Arts at Leiden University, at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

Repertoire

PRELIMINARY ROUND

1) J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
One of the chorale trios: BWV 655, OR BWV 664, OR BWV 676
AND
One of the ornamented chorales: BWV 614, OR BWV 622, OR BWV 641

2) Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Organ Sonata No. 3 in A major
OR
The third and fourth movements of Organ Sonata No. 4 in B flat major
OR
Organ Sonata No. 5 in D major


The First Live Round.

Time limit for the first final round is 40 minutes including break.

1) A major work of J.S. Bach
i.e. Prelude/Fantasy/Toccata and Fugue, OR multi-movement Concerto

2) César Franck (1822-1890)
Pièce héroique OR Prière OR Fantaisie en la majeur

3) A freely-selected work (or movement) composed after 1918.


The Second Live Round

Time limit for the second final round is 45 minutes including break.

1) A major work of J.S. Bach (should be a different Bach work than the piece chosen for the First Live Round)

2) A freely-selected work (or movement) composed in the 19th Century.

3) A freely-selected work (or movement) composed after 1930.

4) If time allows, an additional work/movement of the competitor's choosing, of any style or period.