IPFW Gene Marcus Piano Competition
The IPFW Department of Music Proudly Presents
The 2016 IPFW Gene Marcus Piano Competition
To Be Held at
The John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center
On the Campus of
Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne
First Round Auditions:
Saturday, January 9, and Sunday, January 10, 2016
(Or by Video Submission; See Below for Details)
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Application Postmark Deadline:
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Winners Recital and Awards Ceremony:
January 30, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
2016 IPFW Gene Marcus Piano Competition
Rules and Regulations
- The competition is open to all piano students, ages 18 and under as of January 30, 2016, who reside within 100 miles of Fort Wayne. Click here for a map that shows the 100-mile radius and click here for a listing of Zip codes that lie within this area.
- All applicants must have been studying with their current teachers for at least six of the nine consecutive months immediately before January 30, 2016.
- Previous first-prize winners may not re-enter at the same division and may enter at a higher division only if age requirements are met.
- Contestants in all divisions must pass the First Round Auditions to compete in the Final Round of the competition.
B. General Rules for All Divisions and Repertoire Requirements
- All performances are to be from memory and must stay within the time guidelines listed below. Note that minutes indicated are the maximum overall performance time, inclusive of repeats. However, time between pieces will not count. The jury reserves the right to stop a performance if it exceeds the time limit for the respective division. While no minimum performance time is required, the chosen program must be representative for its age division and demonstrate variety of style, tempo and character.
+ Elementary Division (ages 9 and under): 5 minutes maximum
+ Intermediate Division (ages 10-12): 8 minutes maximum
+ Junior Division (ages 13-15): 12 minutes maximum
+ Senior Division (ages 16-18): 15 minutes maximum
- Repertoire previously performed in this competition may not be repeated.
- Only complete, unabridged solo piano works in the original form and key will be accepted; no concertos or arrangements may be used. Individual movements of multi-movement works that can be performed as musical units are permitted. Repeats are left to the discretion of the entrant/teacher, but cuts are not permitted.
- For all divisions, contestants are to perform TWO (2) or more contrasting works from TWO (2) or more of the musical periods listed below:
+ 20th/21st Century
- First Round Auditions will take place Saturday, January 9, or Sunday, January 10, 2016. Contestants may choose to perform their program at that time (individual times will be assigned on one of the two dates) or may submit a video recording of their competition program for review, to be received no later than Wednesday, January 6, 2016. Video recordings may be submitted on DVD format via mail or via YouTube link (see application form for further details). Results of the First Round Auditions will be sent via email by 5 p.m., Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Those selected to compete in the Final Round will perform Saturday, January 30, 2016. All performances will take place at the Rhinehart Music Center on the campus of Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW).
- Contestants may perform their program in their preferred order; the same program presented at the First Round Auditions must be performed in the Final Round.
C. Application Procedures and Additional Regulations
- Entry fees for each division are as follows (non-refundable):
+ Elementary . . . $25
+ Intermediate . . . $30
+ Junior . . . $35
+ Senior . . . $40
- Once an application is submitted, students, teachers, and parents agree to abide by the rules and regulations as stated on this website. Failure to comply will result in disqualification and will make the entrant ineligible to receive any recognition or monetary award.
- Any questions regarding the appropriateness of chosen repertoire should be directed via email by the teacher to Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to submission of the application. No repertoire changes will be permitted once the application is submitted. Teachers are requested to verify that repertoire is listed correctly before submission of the application.
- Late applications will not be considered.
- The Competition Committee will determine all schedules. It is the responsibility of the entrant to be available for the published dates of the competition.
- Entrants are to provide an ORIGINAL score for each work to be performed to the competition jury. Photocopies will not be accepted. Measures are to be numbered at the beginning of each system. Have your music with you at check in for approval. Scores will be returned to contestants immediately following their performances.
- Applicants may not reveal their names or their teachers’ names to the Final Round Adjudication Panel until winners are announced. Students of Final Round judges may not enter the competition.
- The jury reserves the right to declare no winner, or fewer than three winners, in any division as it deems appropriate. The jury’s decision is final and may not be challenged by anyone, including the Competition Committee.
- First, second and third place winners are required to perform at the winners recital on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at 5:30pm in order to receive their prizes and monetary awards.
- Competition performances, including the winners recital, are open to the public.
- Photography is not permitted during performances.
The final round of the competition and the winners recital may be recorded and videotaped for broadcast, video or audio recording use. It is anticipated that the winners recital will be broadcast on PBS39 and also made available on the internet. In addition, camera crews may photograph all competition events. Neither the IPFW Gene Marcus Piano Competition nor its assignees or licensees may be held liable for any payments to pianists arising out of materials derived from competition performances. Applicants are required to sign a release form yielding all rights on such materials.
The IPFW College of Visual and Performing Arts, including the Community Arts Academy, is fully accredited by all of its discipline-specific accrediting agencies: the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).
A full refund is given when the university cancels a course or when the IPFW Community Arts Academy receives notification of withdrawal from the registrant before the third business day prior to the start of the class. No refunds will be given after class or private instruction begins. Course cancellations may occur due to low registration. Course offerings and fees may be subject to change without notice.
Parental Supervision Statement
IPFW is a public institution of higher education that offers a wide variety of classes, to a wide range of students from differing backgrounds, including adults and children in grades pre K – 12. While the IPFW College of Visual and Performing Arts is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all students, parents are reminded that it is their responsibility to supervise minors when they are on campus and not in the classroom. Before and after class, our teachers cannot take the place of a parent and assume responsibility for unsupervised children.
In case of an emergency please contact the IPFW University Police at 481-6827.
Personal Enrichment Classes for Adults
The Community Arts Academy offers regular classes for kids in pre-K through grade 12 in art, dance, music and theatre, but if you are an adult interested in personal enrichment in these areas, please visit the IPFW Division of Continuing Studies to see what types of classes they are offering.
Purdue University Procedures for Programs Involving Minors
The IPFW Community Arts Academy abides by the operating procedures and policy outlined in the Operating Procedures for Programs Involving Minors that went into effect January 1, 2015. This policy and registration form may be viewed here: