With three age categories, there is a competition for just about everyone here (sorry little ones!)
Each category has three cash prizes:
High School Competition: Ages 14-18
How applications will be judged:
25% Music Preparation
25% Stage Presence
25% Music Interpretation
25% Spoken Element
Memorization is not required for this competition. Performing memorized in your video will not impact judging.
Full-time private students of the Judges are not allowed to compete.
Tips For Success!!
Start recording yourself about 3 weeks before you plan to make your final audition recording. You will be amazed what you hear on a recording! Beyond being a great practice tool, starting early will help you grow accustomed to working with a recording device... making the final recording session MUCH less stressful!
Ask friends and family to listen to you perform the pieces multiple times as you prepare them. This is especially helpful if you have other musician friends - even non-harpists! Use your resources!
Invest in a decent microphone. For iPhone: Shure MV88 available on Amazon for $148.59 - if you plan to record with your computer and need a USB mic: Blue Yeti available on Amazon for $129. Both of these microphones are EXCELLENT, user-friendly investments that you will continue to use long after the competition!
Although you will not be judged on the quality of your audio we all know how hard it is to listen to a distorted or fuzzy recording!
Set aside time on more than one day to record. Trust me. You'll thank me later.