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Please read the following rules of The Newport Virtuosi International Online Competition carefully:

The application deadline is January 15, 2023

The videos of the best performances may become available to view on the newportvirtuosi.org website in February 2023. We encourage the general public to support the competitors by watching their performances online and voting by liking the video. Most watched and liked performances may be eligible for additional consideration.

The final results will be announced on the newportvirtuosi.org website in January/February 2023.

Article 1, Name.

The Newport Virtuosi International Online Competition from now on is referred to as the competition.

The competition takes place entirely over the Internet.

Article 2, Territory.

The competition is open to contestants of all nationalities and countries. Participants compete in the nominations based on age.

Article 3, Judgment.

The contestants are to be judged based solely on the submitted recordings.

Article 4, Fees.

The non-refundable $30.00 application fee is required for enrollment in the competition. (Special conditions for members and participants from Ukraine apply.)

Article 5, Nominations, Categories & Repertoire.

The competition is open to the following nominations:

Keyboard Instruments:

  • Piano
  • Harpsichord
  • Organ
  • Accordion 

String Instruments:

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double bass
  • Harp
  • Classical guitar

Woodwind Instruments:

  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Oboe    
  • Bassoon
  • Saxophone

Brass Instruments:

  • Trumpet
  • French horn
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba

There is a free choice of two contrasting pieces from the baroque, classical, romantic, twentieth century, or music in any contemporary style. The performance can be as a solo, with piano, or with ensemble/orchestra accompaniment. The total duration of the video recording is limited within following suggested time-frame:

  • Category One – Age 7-8: 2 to 7 minutes
  • Category Two – Age 9-10: 3 to 8 minutes
  • Category Three – Age 11-13: 4 to 12 minutes
  • Category Four – Age 14-16: 5 to 15 minutes
  • Category Five – Age 17-19: 7 to 20 minutes
  • Category Six – Age 20-25: 12 to 25 minutes

Article 6, Video recording.

Video recordings (audio not acceptable) must be performed by the applicants and may not be edited, nor should any effects be added.  To ensure that poor recording quality does not interfere with the Jury’s ability to review the material, avoid distortion and ensure that the accompaniment is not louder than the applicant (where applicable). You will not be penalized for the quality of your video, although it is essential that it is good enough to see and hear you clearly.

The impression of your performance will largely depend on the quality of the video recording. Here are some suggestions:

  • Do not use digital zoom. Put the video recording device at a shorter distance.
  • If you are recording using a mobile device (phone or tablet,) place it only in a horizontal position.
  • Try to avoid unwanted noise during recording (the sounds behind the scenes, etc.)
  • Do not put the artist in front of a bright light source (such as a window).
  • Do not use optical effects (sepia, fast shooting, b / w photo, etc.)
  • The camera has to be directed to the artist; it must be in the image’s foreground.
  • Please do not edit your video and do not make it from several pieces of videos.
  • It is allowed to use an external microphone (wireless microphone, stereo microphone.)

The videos submitted by participants should fulfill the following criteria:

Time of filming

Participants can film the video at any time point from May 1, 2021, to May 15, 2022. Yet, the age of participants during filming should be aligned with the age nomination.

Clear filming

All participants’ faces and performance gestures (including hands and pedals) should be filmed clearly in the video.

Editing and touch-ups

  • Any editing made after the start of the performance will not be accepted except for stops between each movement.
  • Participants may add captions of the name of the piece when the performance starts. Other post-productions will not be accepted.
  • If any unaccepted post-production is found in the video or any post-production or touch-up on the soundtrack, the participant will be disqualified without notification.

The venue, dress code, video shooting technique

There is no limitation on the venue, dress code participants, and the technique of video shooting. Please dress neatly and appropriately. Participants may self-arrangement the shooting matter according to their conditions. The use of professional cameras or equipment is not a must, and videos taken with simple equipment, such as mobile phones, are accepted.

Video

By submitting your video, you grant the Newport Virtuosi and this website a non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, adapt, publish, translate and distribute it in any form and media. Also, you grant the copyright of the videos to the competition committee once they are submitted. The competition committee may upload the videos to the website, YouTube channel, or other online platforms for the competition, promotion, or other uses without notifying participants.

When you submit the Application Form, please include the piece/s you are applying within the format: name of the piece, composer’s name, duration.

Videos have to be available for watching online – download links won’t be accepted. Please make sure the name of the piece, the participant’s name, and the recording date is written in the video description.

Please submit the link to your video from one of the video-sharing websites (e.g., YouTube.) If you submit YouTube links, be sure your videos have the proper settings: VIDEO MANAGER → videos → Basic Info → from the drop-down menu,  please choose “Public” or “Unlisted” instead of “Private.”

Please ensure that the competition staff can directly view the video through the link. If the video is available only as a download file, the video will not be processed.

Participants should ensure that the videos submitted via the links can be generally viewed at any time point.

Any submitted links, files, and documents that could not be identified and played will not be processed.

When you submit the Application Form, please include the piece/s you are applying within the format: name of the piece, composer’s name, duration.

If the duration of the submitted video (s) exceeds the time limits, as specified in the rules, with more than three minutes, the applicant might be disqualified without notice, and their application shall be treated as null and void.

The performance duration excludes poses between pieces, applause, and going onto or leaving the stage.

Photo upload

Accepted picture formats only!

Article 7, Registration.

Registration is to be done exclusively through electronic means at the newportvirtuosi.com website. The competitor needs to provide the following:

  • Filled in Online Application form.
  • Video links.
  • Portrait Photo (optional.)
  • Registration fee.

Article 8, Media Rights.

By participating in the competition, competitors automatically disown the exclusive rights for any material (financial) remuneration regarding the eventual publication and distribution of music video recordings on any offline or online media.

In this Website, Article, and Newport Virtuosi organization, “Your Content” shall mean any audio, video text, images, or other material you choose to provide to the Newport Virtuosi and this website. By submitting Your Content, you grant the Newport Virtuosi and this website a non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, adapt, publish, translate and distribute it in any form and media.

Your Content must be your own and must not be invading any third-party’s rights. The Newport Virtuosi reserves the right to remove any of Your Content from this website at any time without notice.

Article 9, Jury.

Special Rules regulate the work of the Jury.

The selected jury members consist of esteemed teachers,  members of the Newport Virtuosi organization, and performing artists, conductors, and chamber musicians. All Jury decisions are final and irrevocable.

Article 10, Award points.

Competitors are qualified according to the average grade point of evaluations by the Jury:

Maximum points awarded – 100

For musicians and music ensembles, the following award point system is established.

  • Up to 50 points are awarded according to the participant’s age and the skill level of the performance.
  • Up to 10 points are awarded for performances from memory.
  • Up to 10 points are awarded for technical skills.
  • Up to 10 points are awarded for the dynamics and articulation.
  • Up to 10 points are awarded for the phrasing and musicality.
  • Up to 10 points are awarded for the interpretation according to the music score.

For groups (if any), the following award point system is established.

  • Up to 60 points are awarded according to the age of the participants and the skill level of the performance.
  • Up to 20 points are awarded for the ensemble quality.
  • Up to 20 points are awarded for the musicianship. 
  • FIRST PRIZE– is to be awarded to the competitor who receives at least 90 out of 100 points
  • SECOND PRIZE– is to be awarded to the competitor who receives at least 80 out of 100 points
  • THIRD PRIZE – is to be awarded to the competitor who receives at least 70 out of 100 points
  • DIPLOMA – is to be awarded to the competitor who receives at least 60 out of 100 points

Article 11, Selection of the winners.

The videos of the contestants who are the first place winners from all nominations and categories may become available to view on the newportvirtuosi.org website in June 2022. We encourage the general public to support the competitors by watching their performances online and voting by liking the video. Most watched and liked performances may be eligible for additional consideration.

The winning competitors will be awarded Diplomas of the Newport Virtuosi International Online Competition.

Article 12, Awarding of the prizes.

The prizes will be awarded based solely on the submitted recordings. The competitors have no right to present any objections against the composition of the Jury.

Article 13, Awards.

  • Winning contestants will be awarded certificates and diplomas. 
  • The first-place winners are also granted membership to the Newport Virtuosi Organization.
  • Additional awards, cash prizes, and incentives for the promotion of talented performers can be announced on the newportvirtuosi.org website.  
  • In agreement with the Newport Virtuosi, sponsors, state and public institutions, enterprises, and individuals may award special prizes.

Article 14, Mailing of the diplomas.

After all nominations competitions are finished, Diplomas will be sent out during June/July of 2022 to the addresses provided on the application form.

Article 15, Acceptance of all policies and conditions.

By applying to the competition, participants automatically accept all policies and conditions of the Newport Virtuosi and newportvirtuosi.org.

Article 16, Privacy.

Please read the Privacy Policy.

Article 17, Warranties.

This website is provided “as is,” with all faults, and Newport Virtuosi express no representations or warranties of any kind related to this website or the materials contained on this website. Also, nothing contained on this website shall be interpreted as advice.

Article 18, Limitation of liability.

In no event shall Newport Virtuosi nor any of its officers, directors, employees, and jurors be held liable for anything arising out of or in any way connected with the participation in the Newport Virtuosi International Online Competition and with your use of this website. The Newport Virtuosi, including its officers, directors, employees, and jurors, shall not be held liable for any indirect, consequential, or special liability arising out of or in any way related to your use of this website and participation in the competition.

Article 19, Language.

Should there be any discrepancy between the English and other website versions, the English version shall prevail.

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