Scholarship Guidelines

IPTG Scholarship Audition Rules

  1. Teachers must be members of IPTG, and attend two meetings each year, and/or participate on a committee, or will not be eligible to enter students in the scholarship competitions for that academic year.

  2. Each teacher may enter no more than 8 eligible students per division who have each played in an IPTG cooperative recital or masterclass during the current season.

  3. Prior year first prize winners may re-enter only in a higher level.

  4. The non-refundable audition fee is $15 per student per division.

  5. Audition times will be assigned prior to the contest.  Scheduled audition times are firm.

  6. Performers are allowed a brief warm-up time (scale, arpeggio, check pedal, etc.) immediately before the performance.

  7. Students must bring a copy of the music they perform.  Measures must be numbered at the beginning of each system.  A music release form from the publisher must be signed for any photocopies being used.  If students forget their music, they may perform and be evaluated, but forfeit consideration for prizes or honorable mentions.

  8. Foreign scores will be accepted if English translations are written in (composer, title, and any non-Italian words).

  9. Multiple movements from each piece are allowed.

  10. Compositions for prepared piano are not allowed.

  11. Auditions held in public spaces will be open to the public.

  12. The chairperson of the auditions will email the teachers who entered students with the judge’s decisions.

  13. Judges will be urged to consider performance quality over level of difficulty. 

  14. If the two pieces being performed take longer than the allotted time, the judge will stop the student at the end of the allotted time.  Students will not be penalized for this.

  15. The number of honorable mentions awarded will be at the discretion of the chairperson and the decisions of the judge.  There will be no ties.  All prizes will not necessarily be awarded.  JUDGES’ DECISIONS ARE FINAL.

We now have two divisions of our auditions. The first is the Classical Division, and the second is the Non-Classical Contemporary Division.

Rules for the Classical Division:

  1. Performers in grades K-5 are required to play two memorized pieces in contrasting styles.  There is a 6 minute time limit.

  2. Performers in grades 6-9 are required to play two memorized pieces from different style periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, and Modern).  There is a 9 minute time limit.

  3. Performers in grades 10-12 are required to play two memorized pieces from different style periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, and Modern).  There is a 12 minute time limit.

  4. For questions about repertoire and style periods, refer to

The Categories and prize monies will be:

Category         1st            2nd           3rd
Grades K-3      $75          $60          $50
Grades 4-5      $125        $100         $75
Grades 6-7      $150        $120         $90
Grades 8-9      $200       $150         $100
Grades 10-12   $250       $200        $150

Honorable Mention $25

Rules for Non-Classical Contemporary Division

Any non-classical piano music can be used, but must be published and purchased, or given permission from the publisher to use.  Examples of styles are jazz, teaching pieces, video games, American Song Book, Broadway, spiritual, etc.  Two memorized contrasting pieces are required.  The entry categories are based on level, not age or grade, but are limited to grades K-12.  The levels and time allotments are:

Elementary: 6 minutes
Intermediate: 9 minutes
Advanced: 12 minutes

We are relying on the teachers to make careful judgements on the levels in which they enter their students.  The judge’s decisions will be final, and if a student is entered in the wrong category, the judge may disqualify the student.

The prize monies will be:

Category          1st            2nd            3rd
Elementary      $75          $60           $50
Intermediate    $150        $125          $100
Advanced         $250       $200         $150

Honorable mention $25