Auditions

First round: Audition.

Registration for Crescendo Int. Competition 2024 will be open on  September 15, 2023 and closed in 7 days before the audition date (unless specified).

Auditions will be held via video recording submissions, or in person*. For video submission requirements & instructions click here .

Video recording need to be submitted to the specific audition center on applicant’s preference.

Auditions will be held at the following competition venues:

    • New Jersey – Caldwell University, Visceglia Art Center, 120 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell, NJ 07006, Sunday, December 10, 2023, in-person and video submission entry.
    • New Jersey – Rider University, Fine Arts Center, Yvonne Theater at 2083 Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-3099, Sunday, November 19, 2023. In-person and video submission entry,
    • New Jersey – Crescendo Int. Competition headquarter, 9 North Main St., Suite #4, Marlboro, NJ 07746. Sunday, November 26, 2023. In-person and video submission entry.
    • New York – “PianoPiano Rehearsal Studios”, 37 West 65th St, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10023, Sunday, December 3, 2023. In-person and video submission entry.
    • Pennsylvania – Jacob Music, 1718 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19103, Sunday, December 10, 2023. In-person Live, in -person via FaceTime and video submission entry. Contact Ms.Olga Bondarchuk-Huque  at CrescendoCompetitionPA@gmail.com
    • Pennsylvania –  Settlement Music School, 318 Davisville Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090, Sunday, December 17, 2023. In-person Live, in -person via FaceTime and video submission entry. Contact Ms.Olga Bondarchuk-Huque  at CrescendoCompetitionPA@gmail.com
    • Massachusetts –  Sharon Music Academy, 112 N. Main St., Sharon, MA 02067. Sunday, December 3, 2023. In-person and video submission entry. Contact Ms. Tanya Schwartzman Crescendo@SharonMusicAcademy.com.
    • Michigan – Kresge Hall at Madonna University, 36600 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia, MI  48150, Sunday, December 3, 2023. This venue accommodates all  entries: in-person and video submission.. Contact Mr. Dizhou Zhao at CrescendoCompetition@DizhouZhao.com, or (617) 256-0216. Registration will closed on November 26. 2023.
    • Rhode Island – Bryant University, Machtley Interfaith Center, 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield , RI.  Sunday, December 17, 2023, 1:30 pm – 6:30 pm. In-person and video submission entry. Registration deadline December 10, 2023. Contact Ms. Nana Grace crescendo.smithfieldri@gmail.com.
    • California – Pacific Institute of Music, 540 Plaza Drive Ste 130 Folsom CA 95630. Sunday November 19, 2023.In-person and video submission entry. Registration will be closed on November 10, 2023. Contact Ms. Carol Chuang at CrescendoCompetition.CA@gmail.com
    • Connecticut – Faust Harrison, 322 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield, CT 06825. Sunday, Sunday December 3, 2023 at .In-person and video submission entry. Contact Ms. Elly Wen at CrescendoCompetition.CT@gmail.com.
    • West Vancouver, BC, – Dio Piano School, #305, 1549 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, BC, Canada, V7V 1H9, Audition date Friday, November 24, 2023.             In-person. Registration will be open on September 15 and closed on November 14, 2023. Contact: CrescendocompetitionVancouver@diopianoschool.com.
    • Greater Vancouver, BC, CanadaSunday, November 26, 2023. Video submission only. The deadline is November 19, 2023. Contact Ms. Rebecca Cheng via email crescendo.van@gmail.com.
    • Canada, Markham, Ontario, CanadaSunday, November 26, 2023; video submission only. The deadline is November 19, 2023. Contact Rebecca Cheng via email  crescendo.ocan@gmail.com
    •  Canada, ON –  Midtown Toronto, Wizz Kidz, 862 Eglinton Ave East, Toronto, ON, Sunday, December  17 and Monday, December 18, 2023. This venue accommodates all  entries: in-person and video submission. Contact Ms. Eliza Wong  crescendoattoronto@gmail.com
    • Canada, Toronto Outskirts – Symphonic Music Institute #103 – 80 Acadia Ave., Markham, ON, Canada L3R 9V1, Sunday, December 17, 2023. This venue accommodates all  entries: in-person and video submission. Contact  Ms. Ada Chen at crescendocompetition.on@yahoo.com .
    • Italy –  La Paper Concert Hall, LTCH Francesco Savini Street  7, Friday, October 27, 2023. In-person only. Contact Maestra Eugenia at DoMiSolTeatro@gmail.com ,or +393463739795. Registration will be closed on October 22, 2023.
    • Italy – Music Institute Gian Francesco Malipiero, San Tomaso Street 3. Saturday, November 11, 2023. In-person and video submission entry. Contact Maestra Eugenia at DoMiSolTeatro@gmail.com, or +393463739795. Registration will be closed on November 5 22, 2023.
    • Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar – AnuMusic, Khan uul duureg 11r khoroo zaisan toiruu Zaisan center 2nd floor, AnuMusic, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, October 14, 2023. This venue accommodates all  entries: in-person and video submission. Contact Anujin Mendsaikhan at MongoliaCrescendo@gmail.com .
    • Japan – Osaka, Sunday, December 3, 2023. Video submission only. Contact Ms. Melody Zheng CrescendoJapan@yahoo.com.
    • Japan – Osaka, Sunday, December 10, 2023. Video submission only. Contact Ms. Melody Zheng CrescendoJapan@yahoo.com.

All applicants need to register on https://crescendocompetition.org/signup/

Registration will  be closed 7 days before the audition date. 
Audition results will be uploaded to the participant  online application.

Participants may apply for auditions multiple timesOne composition is considered one entry and maybe registered for the auditions only once.

Audition fees (are non-refundable):

Solo Performance: $100
Duet: $70 per performer
Trio: $ 60 per performer
Ensemble of 4 or more members: $50 per participant.

We accept debit and credit cards payments via PayPal. To make payment via PayPal login in to your account and make payment to info@crescendocompetition.org. Please specify student’s name on the Memo of your PayPal transaction or personal check.

All personal check, or money orders should be sent to the competition headquarters:
     Crescendo International Competitions, Inc.
     9 North Main Street, Suite 4,
     Marlboro, New Jersey 07746
 

Duets, Trios and Ensembles should submit one application. Please chose one student as a primary applicant and enter all other participants names in the special field on the application form.

Only one application form per duet or an ensemble is required.

    • Please note that the live audition format does not permit the presence of parents, or teachers.
    • Your applications status will be available in your profile under Active applications.
    • There is no strict time limit imposed at the auditions, but the judge may interrupt the performance.
    • No cuts allowed at the audition performances.
    • For the second round (recital performance) you may shorten the composition to avoid the extra time fee.
    • There is no requirement to have an accompanist at the auditions although it is preferred.
    • For the Second Round – Winners Recitals – all compositions requiring an accompaniment must be performed with accompaniment.

CRESCENDO INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION’S OFFICIAL MARKING SYSTEM

Achievement scores (out of 30):

First Place: 27-30
Second Place: 22-26.5
Third Place: 18-21.5
Honorary Mention: 15-17.5

The judges pre-select Winners of cash prizes according to first round results. The final decisions, however,  will be made based on recital performances.

Decisions on monetary rewards are based on accumulated auditions score, composition complexity, age of the contestant and contestant’s artistic maturity.

* Please, note that the award system is established in a manner which those who receive the First Place honor are not necessarily predisposed to receive a Prize. An applicant’s placement does not always correspond to the Prize they receive. With that being said, only judges may promote a winner’s Prize in the case of a special achievement.

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