2018 65th Annual Washington International Competition for Strings Sponsored by the Friday Morning Music Club Foundation
The 2018 Competition for Strings semifinals will take place at George Washington University in the Benjamin T. Rome Music Hall at 801 22nd Street, NW, in Room B-120 on both Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23.
Finals will take place on June 24, 2018, at 2:00 pm in the newly renovated Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
- For repertoire and general questions, please contact Chen-Li Tzeng, Competition Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
- Grace McFarlane, Assistant Competition Chair, email@example.com.
- Leslie Luxemburg, Foundation Director firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For technical assistance with the application or media, please contact the Acceptd Support Team email@example.com.
Please visit our website here for more information.
Competition History and Purpose
The Washington International Competition (WIC) was established in 1950 to support outstanding young classical musicians in their pursuit of professional careers. The WIC occurs in a three-year rotation for piano, strings and voice.As of 1976, a competition for composition of a string quartet is also held concurrently with the strings competition.
- First Prize each for violin, viola, cello: $10,000
- Second Prize: $5,000
- Third Prize: $3,000
- Fourth Prize: $1,000
- Audience Prize: $1,000
Solo performance opportunities in Washington DC including an appearance with the Avanti Orchestra.
Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 28 (as of the date of the competition). Proof of age will be required. Applicants must not be under professional management. Previous first-prize winners of the competition and current students of the judges may not apply.
Application Fee: $125 – Application is non-refundable
Housing and Transportation
The WIC provides local housing for participants, with local transportation and meals offered at the convenience of hosts. Housing is for all semifinalists only, June 21-25.
Applications will be accepted from September 15, 2017 – March 1, 2018.
Deadline is March 1, 2018 by 11:59pm EST.
Required Repertoire and Video Guidelines
All repertoire must be performed from memory except accompanied sonatas and the work in Category 5. Contestants must be prepared to perform works in their entirety. The required repertoire follows:
- One unaccompanied sonata, partita, or suite for violin, viola (transcribed), or cello by J.S. Bach.
- One sonata with piano from the classical, romantic, impressionist, or contemporary period.
- One concerto or major piece with orchestra by a composer other than the ones chosen for category 1 or 2.
- One short work or movement from a longer work which shows virtuosity.
- One unaccompanied solo work by a 20th or 21st-century composer.
Submit a maximum of 30 minutes, chosen from your required repertoire, for the audition video. The video must contain:
5 minutes or less from the Bach selection
12 minutes or less from the sonata selection
13 minutes or less from the concerto selection (include cadenza if applicable but no extensive tutti).
- Video: MP4, MPEG, MPG, MOV, AVI, WMV, M4V, FLV, WEBM, MKV, M2V
- Images: JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF
- Documents: PDF, PS, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPS, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, OPT, SXW, ODP, SXI, ODS, SXC, RTF, TXT
Video file size per media file: 4 GB
* RECOMMENDED BROWSER: GOOGLE CHROME
- Please DO NOT include your name in the file name of your video recording.
- All submitted video selections must come from the submitted repertoire list.
- No substitutions or edits will be allowed for submitted repertoire once the application is finalized.
- Applicants must be prepared to present all repertoire on list if chosen to participate in the semifinals.
Regulations and Instructions
- No changes in repertoire permitted past the deadline date on March 1, 2018.
- A jury will review submissions and select approximately 30 semifinalists.
- All applicants will be notified of the results by mid-April.
- Semifinalists will be sent further instructions as needed.
- FMMC Foundation assumes no responsibility for actions of or injuries sustained by applicants or their escorts during their course of stay in the Washington, DC area.
- All contestants are responsible for transportation to and from Washington, DC.
- The decision of the judges is final and not to be disputed. No contact with the judges is permitted until after the results have been announced.
- The WIC reserves the right to use any recordings or photographs originated during the competitions, or any photographs or recordings provided by the contestants.