Audition Requirements

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Young Artists Division
College Division
Auditors Division

Audition method (choose one):

  • Emailing Vimeo or YouTube links
  • Requesting a live audition

Audition Repertoire

*Required for the Festival only

Two solo works of contrasting style demonstrating the technical and musical abilities of the applicant (concertos are not allowed)

Festival Repertoire

Accepted participants will be required to bring at least two solo works ready for performance, one of which should be less than 10 minutes in length. A third “ready” or “in progress” solo work/concerto might be brought for instruction in the private lessons.

NPR’s From The Top
NPR’s From The Top

From the Top, the hit NPR radio program showcasing America’s best young classical musicians is seeking talent for its live show recording at the 10th Texas State International Piano Festival on June 8, 2019.  The weekly hour-long radio program is heard on more than 220 stations nationwide as well as by podcast.

From the Top welcomes audition entries from pianists attending the festival who are between the ages of 8 – 18. Eligible musicians can also apply for From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, a scholarship of up to $10,000 given to deserving young classical musicians appearing on the radio show, who have high levels of artistic achievement, demonstrated financial need, and a solid academic record.

Eligibility requirements for this episode of From the Top are:

* You must be accepted to and attend the 10th Texas State International Piano Festival or you must be in an ensemble (non-pianist) with a student attending the 10th TSIPF

* You must be between the ages of 8 – 18.

* You must submit your completed application to TSIPF by January 31, 2019

To apply to 10th TSIPF/From the Top, you may do so by clicking here.

In addition, if you are interested in applying for From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, you may do so by clicking here.

TSIPF Concerto Competition
TSIPF Concerto Competition

This year’s concerto competition will be open to all participants. In place of the festival audition repertoire, participants are invited to submit Vimeo or YouTube links of a movement from the listed concerti, either with orchestral or piano accompaniment. Winners will perform the same movement with the Round Rock Symphony on the festival finale concert.

Winners of the Concerto Competition will be notified by March 25, 2019.

Concerto Repertoire

Mozart: any concerto
Beethoven: any concerto
Brahms: any concerto
Chopin: any concerto
Grieg: Concerto in a minor
Liszt: Totentanz, 1st Concerto or Rhapsodie Espagnole (Liszt/Busoni)
Mendelssohn: Concerto No. 1, or Capriccio Brilliant Op. 22
Prokofiev: Concerto No. 1 or 3
Saint-Saens: Concerto No. 2
Schumann: Concerto in a minor
Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 1, 2, first movement of 3
Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1

10th TSIPF Competition

Since the beginning of the festival, we have held a ‘blind’ competition during the festival where we awarded the top prize winner a special prize. This year, there will be two blind competitions. The two awards for the blind competitions will the Betty Dickinson Award and the Patrick W. Price Award. Both awards come with a full tuition prize to the 11th TSIPF. Furthermore, the recipient of the Betty Dickinson Award will be invited back during the academic year to present a special recital. All expenses will be covered by TSIPF.

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Travel and Accomodation

Competition finalists will be responsible for their own travel expenses to/from San Marcos, Texas. However, those students flying to/from the Austin International Airport, will be provided with complimentary transportation to/from San Marcos.

Tuition

Festival Participants

Tuition: $700 + Room and Board: $400 = $1100. Single room is available for $500

This fee covers:

  • Participation in two private lessons and two master classes
  • Participation in extra-curricular activities and local transportation, organized by TSIPF
  • Admission to concerts, master classes, and presentations
  • Two tickets for the opening gala on June 1st and concerto finale with the Round Rock Symphony on June 7th, 2019.
  • Transportation to and from the Austin International Airport
  • Access to practice rooms

* This fee does NOT include the application fee

Auditors Division

Tuition: $250

Day passes are available to everyone at $50

This fee covers admission to:

  • Admission to concerts, master classes, and presentations
  • Two tickets for the opening gala on June 1st and concerto finale with the Round Rock Symphony on June 7th, 2019.
  • Transportation to and from the Austin International Airport

* This fee does NOT include the Room&Board and the application fee

Key Dates

March 7, 2019

Application and recordings for all competitions must be received


March 15, 2019

Festival acceptance notification


March 18, 2019

Deposit due (festival participants)


March 25, 2019

Balance due in full

Final program changes due

TSIPF Concerto Competition notification


June 1, 2019

Arrive on campus (everybody)

Accommodation and Travel

All students in the Young Artist Division will remain under counselor supervision during their entire stay.

This policy does not apply to students in the College Division. Students may request a roommate. If both individuals request each other, those individuals will be placed together. Single room is available at additional charge (see Tuition).

San Marcos is serviced by the Austin Bergstrom Airport, an easily accessible airport just 30 minutes from San Marcos. Most major carriers offer direct or connecting flights to the Austin airport. For airport information, go to www.ci.austin.tx.us/austinairport.

Escort Service at the Airport

Children flying to the airport can be met by a festival escort at the gate of their arrival.  If your child is flying unaccompanied, we will provide you and your child with contact information for the escort meeting your child. For children under age 15 flying unaccompanied, please check airline regulations regarding additional restrictions that must be met.