Frequently Asked Questions
The following questions are frequently queried regarding the SIPF’s international piano competition.
- When will I be notified about the results of the preliminary round?
- How do I submit my audio?
- I did not get an upload confirmation. How do I know you got the audio?
- Is there any other address I can send my package to?
- When is the final round of the competition?
- To whom should I make my check payable?
- Do I have to play the same music in the final round as the preliminary CD?
- My son is 18 and will be enrolled in a conservatory in the Fall. Should he apply for the Youth category, or Collegiate?
- Is there any age limit?
- I see special prizes for awards like, “Best Performance of a Sonata by Domenico Scarlatti.” Should I include a piece like that on my preliminary recording?
A: Review of preliminary round CDs will be made throughout the months of June and July, and all participants will be notified of their status shortly on or after August 1. It is important to be patient while awaiting these results.
A: Once you submit your application, you will get an automated email confirmation with a link and instructions within. Be sure to check your bulk mail folder if you do not see the email within a few minutes. If you do not receive one, email us at email@example.com to alert us and we will re-send the email. Provide an alternate email if you wish.
A: The upload dialogue includes a traditional file select or drag and drop system. Once you have selected your audio, you have the option to add upload title or information. These boxes are actually inactive and will provide no function, but you must enter something in both boxes to activate the upload process. Most importantly is that you ensure your actual file names match what you put into your track list on your application. We need to move files manually once the upload is complete.
After you hit “submit”, you should see an orange status bar. Upload is generally quick, though overseas participants may note slower uploads. Wait until you see the green check mark to confirm audio upload. The preview and delete functions do not work. If you made an error uploading the wrong file, you may try so again, but be sure to alert us via email that you will be doing so. Know that the green check means successful upload.
If you require further confirmation, you may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to ask that uploads work. When we perform a final review, we may also alert participants that audio is missing. However, we do not take responsibility to the accuracy of tracks (that they are the correct pieces corresponding to the track’s title, etc.).
A: Beginning in 2015, the SIPF now accepts online registration only. Audio files in the form of .mp3 are accepted through an online upload page. There should no longer be a need to mail physical materials. However, the SIPF does allow participants to follow up with a mailed physical documents if that is necessary. The only address to which participants may send is: SIPF, P.O. Box 3035, Issaquah, WA 98027-0136. Note that couriers like UPS do not deliver to a PO Box number. As long as any materials are postmarked by the deadline of the competition, it may arrive after the electronic form has been submitted.
A: The final round of the 2017 Seattle International Piano Competition takes place during September/October, 2017. The precise dates are September 29 – October 2, 2017, with actual competitors performing during the Saturday and Sunday of the festival weekend. Finalists will be notified of all the appropriate travel and location info along with their notice of finalist status. Participants can expect notification shortly after August 1.
A: Beginning in 2015, the SIPF no longer accepts checks. The electronic application form has visa or master card integration. You should be able to pay through your credit card at the end of the application process.
A: No. The participant is free to change repertoire from that which he or she submitted through preliminary recordings. Participants are free, also, to have the same music. There is no penalty or judgement for against having the same or different repertoire. In fact, the final round judges are different from the preliminary listening committee. If you are invited to compete in the final round in October, the jurors will not know what you submitted on your CD.
A: Although there may be an apparent overlap in ages between the Youth (14-18) and Collegiate categories, since the 2011 rules, we have made a distinction that if the participant will be enrolled in a college program in piano studies for the future academic year, that participant should nonetheless enroll as a Youth (14-18) participant.
A: No, there are no age limits for your category. Some categories do have a minimum age, which you can find under the rules on the Competition page; though, of course, youth categories do have a maximum age.
Q: I am interested in entering your competition. I am 39 years old, I am finishing my MM Degree and I will continue as a DMA student in Piano Performance this fall. I would like to know if I am able to apply for the Professional Artist Category at the Piano Competition – SIPF.
A: Professional participants have either an earned masters degree (or its equivalent) and are working in the field, or are currently in a terminal music degree program. However, the qualifying date is that during which one applies to the competition. If you should wait until the application deadline, your status at that time will determine your eligibility. So, if your completion of studies takes place on or before this date, you may apply as a Professional participant.
A: Our preliminary committees will not take those works into consideration. The first is a qualifying round only to determine which participants will be invited as finalists and which are semi-finalists (alternates). The special awards of note, such as the one you mention, are special prizes that the final round jury will award among the six invited participants during the October final round. So, you need not worry about this for the preliminary recording.