United States Festival

How to apply

 

The 2018 Festival is open to instrumentalists (solo and ensembles) ages 5 and older, based upon either a recorded or live audition. You may apply by following the procedure:

  1. Download the 2018 Festival Application Form in either Word Format or PDF Format.
  2. Fill out the required information. Instructions are included with the Application Form.
  3. Enclose an audition DVD, or internet link, or make arrangements for a live audition. In the case of DVD or internet submissions, enclose a copy of the music score(s) being performed.
  4. Enclose a check made out to Golden Key Music Festival for the relevant application fee(s).
  5. Send the completed form, audition media together with a copy of the music score (if relevant), and fee(s) before February 1, 2018 to:

    Golden Key Music Festival
    81 Five Points Rd.
    Colts Neck, NJ 07722
    United States of America.

NOTE: Please do not send materials via registered mail or by any other method requiring a signature for delivery. You may check the status of your entry by emailing your request to goldenkeyfest@gmail.com.

Requirements

Each application requires a recorded or live audition performance of the specific music selection intended for performance at the Festival. The music selection should be a part of the standard repertory from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or Modern Era. A Sonata/Sonatina movement or a part of another cyclic form (Suite, Prelude & Fugue, Concerto, etc.) is considered as one music selection. All but ensemble pieces of two performers or more must be performed from memory.

Solo instrumental and ensemble performances (e.g. one piano four-hands, violin and piano duet, chamber groups, etc.) are welcome. Please note: only one piano in all concert halls is available. Selections are usually five minutes or less in performing time. Longer selections require additional fees. See the explanation of Fees below.

Multiple entries from the same participant or ensemble are also accepted. See the explanation of Fees below.

Golden Key Music Festival encourages teachers to support their students by joining students in the Festival’s ensemble performances (duets, trios, etc.).  

Auditions

We highly recommend that you include a recorded performance by the applicant as part of the application process. Recorded performances have the advantage of being playable more than once. Judges can spend more time with the piece and provide more complete comments than would be possible during a live audition.

Recorded performances can be mailed as a DVD, or sent as a link to YouTube or some other publicly accessible internet site. DVDs must be playable on a standard US region DVD player (NTSC format). Internet submissions must include the entire URL (clickable link).

If you do not choose to record a performance, live auditions will be held at the location and date listed below.

Location Date
Princeton Hall (map)
Westminster Choir College
101 Walnut Lane
Princeton, NJ 08540
Sunday, March 4, 2018

Calderone School of Music

Riverwalk Plaza, 34 Ridgedale Ave.,

East Hanover, NJ 07936

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Regularly scheduled audition times and instructions will be communicated to application submitter by e-mail or standard mail no later than 10 days before the audition date. Submitter will be notified by phone/e-mail about any changes in audition schedule which may occur due weather conditions.

NOTE: For the live audition, please bring the published music score of the selection(s) being performed to give to the judges. Using photocopied music for the live audition is prohibited by copyright law and may result in the disqualification of the participant.

Result of the evaluation/audition process will be e-mailed/mailed to application submitter before March 15, 2018.

Fees

There are two fees:

  • Application Fee
  • Recital Fee

All fees are non-refundable.

Application Fees

The standard Application Fee is $70 for a single selection of no more than five minutes. Longer and additional selections are charged as listed below.

All Application Fees are due by February 1, 2018.

Type Duration Application Fees Additional Selections
Solo Five minutes or less $70 $70 per selection
Solo Over five minutes $100 $100 per selection
Ensemble Five minutes or less $100 per ensemble $100 per selection
Ensemble Over five minutes $170 per ensemble $170 per selection

Recital Fees

The Recital Fees depend upon the Award Level, the recital location, and the number and length of the performances. Standard Recital Fees listed below assume a single performance/performer of no more than five minutes. Longer and additional selections are charged as listed below.

All Recital Fees are due by April 1, 2018

Award Level Location Standard Fees
and Tickets
Additional Fees
and Tickets
Gold Weill Recital Hall
Carnegie Hall
154 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
$330 per performance/performer.
(Includes 5 tickets,  Awards, and ten stage photo-pictures made by Alex Fedorov)
  • $100 for each additional minute over five minute for each solo or ensemble.
  • Includes two extra tickets for each paid extra minute.
Silver Weill Recital Hall
Carnegie Hall
154 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
$330 per performance/performer.
(Includes 5 tickets, Awards, and ten stage photo-pictures made by Alex Fedorov.)
  • $100 for each additional minute over five minute for each solo or ensemble.
  • Includes two extra tickets for each paid extra minute.
Super
Bronze
Baruch Performing Arts Center                                    55 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10010
$220 per performance
(Includes 4 tickets, Awards, and ten stage photo-pictures made by Alex Fedorov)
  • $100 for each additional minute over five minute for each solo or ensemble.
  • Includes two extra tickets for each paid extra minute.
Bronze Marjorie S. Deane Theater   10 West 64th Street
New York, NY 10023
$200 per performance
(Includes 4 tickets, Awards, and ten stage photo-pictures made by Alex Fedorov)
  • $100 for each additional minute over five minute for each solo or ensemble.
  • Includes two extra tickets for each paid extra minute.

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