Juri Seo seeks to write music that encompasses extreme contrast through compositions that are unified and fluid, yet complex. She merges many of the fascinating aspects of music from the past century—in particular its expanded timbral palette and unorthodox approach to structure—with a deep love of functional tonality, counterpoint, and classical form. Her composition honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Koussevitzky Commission from the Library of Congress, a Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Otto Eckstein Fellowship from Tanglewood. In 2014, she joined the composition faculty at Princeton University as Assistant Professor. Visit juriseomusic.com for more information.
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Sonatine (Piano solo - I. Intermediate, II. Beginning, III. Advanced) $18
Arco (violin and piano duo) $10
Every year, the NJMTA commissions a living composer to create four original compositions for piano students to learn and perform in a competition. A performance of these pieces by the winners is held in November to promote interest in new music by living composers.
Chairperson: Emily Lau
Audition date and location: Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Westminster Choir College
Winner(s): The winner(s) will be chosen by the composer and will perform at the NJMTA State Conference on Sunday, November 11, at 9:00 AM, at Westminster Choir College.
How to Enter: Online registration only. Register here.
Registration Fee: $45 for solo piano, $30 per performer for duo
Registration Deadline: Registration and payment must be received by Monday, September 24, 2018.
Memorization: Memorization is required for all solo pieces. Memorization is optional for ensemble piece.
Participation rules: A student may only participate in one level (beginning, intermediate, or advanced) in the piano solo category. A student participating in a solo category may also enter into the duo category as well. Only pre-college students can enter the competition. No adult professional accompanists are allowed.
Teacher Duty Deposit Fee: A separate duty deposit fee is required for all participating teachers, both member and non-member. If this is the only event that you are entering students in on this date, please pay the teacher duty fee with this registration. If you are entering students in two or more events on this date, (YMC Piano, YMC Piano Duet, Master Class Audition, Composer Commission Competition) please submit the teacher duty fee with the event registration in which you have the highest number of students entered. Duty fees may be paid online with your registration, or paid with a separate check from the Registration Fee. The deposit fee/check will be returned after the duty is fulfilled, or cashed if the teacher fails to fulfill his/her assigned job.
For 2018 auditions, please send:
Registration Deadline: Submitted/postmarked no later than Monday, September 24, 2018. A late fee of $40 is charged for entries submitted between September 25 and September 28. Absolutely no forms will be accepted after September 28. Late application forms will not be processed until the late fee is received. Any fees sent by mail must be sent via regular mail - NO CERTIFIED MAIL, PLEASE!
Once the application form is sent and accepted by the chairperson, names of students cannot be substituted.
Student Eligibility: Students of any age up through the collegiate undergraduate level are invited to compete, and they will be grouped by their age as of October 1 of the competition year. Entrants must have studied the performance medium of the competition with the same teacher for a minimum of six months out of the nine months immediately preceding November 1. Except:
Teacher Eligibility: See General Guidelines.
An exception to the September 1 payment of teacher dues will be granted to a teacher joining NJMTA for the very first time. The one-time exception will allow the teacher to pay state dues on or before the deadline of the competition. An NJMTA member with Student Membership status may not enter students. The teacher and the entrant may not be the same individual. The Primary teacher of the performing medium of the competition must be the teacher who enters the student in the competition.