Rules & Regulations

Preliminary Round

- Preliminary entry packets must be submitted by the 3rd Monday of December. 
- A "blind" panel of three judges will select a maximum of 9 semifinalists on the basis of recordings submitted
- Notification of placement in the semifinals will take place within a week after the preliminary round.
 

Semifinals Round

- The semifinals will be held at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown, Pennsylvania the first Saturday in March.
- Semifinalists will be expected to arrive in Allentown the Thursday before and should arrange to stay through Sunday evening.
- All semifinalists must pay for their own travel to Allentown for the semifinals and finals. Housing with host families and local transportation will be provided for contestants for their entire stay. Host family accommodations, transportation, and other hospitality events are only provided for semifinalists. Family and friends of the semifinalists are welcome to attend the Finals round on Sunday at 1:30pm as it is a public recital.
- Individual competition day and times  will be assigned by the competition committee and will not be subject to change. 
- The Allentown Symphony Association will provide professional accompanists. Rehearsal time with the accompanists will be scheduled for the Friday before the semifinals. Contestants may not bring their own accompanists. 
- All semifinalists must bring their own music, including piano accompaniment.
- All semifinalists must email copies of music in advance for the judges.
- Each semifinalist must perform the same selections that they submitted with their application. All selections must be memorized except for the sonata (no sonata is required for Classical Guitar).
- The audition time for each semifinalist will not exceed 40 minutes. Please feel free to omit repeats and shorten any orchestral "tutti" for the sake of time. 


Finals Round

- Three of the semifinalists will be chosen to compete in the finals round on the first Sunday in March. The finals will be presented as a public recital at Miller Symphony Hall at 1:30pm.
- Finalists will perform only their concerto in its entirety at the public recital including all repeats and orchestral tuttis.
- All decisions of the judges will be final. Judges reserve the right to award no prizes if it is felt that no contestant attains the standards set by this competition. 
- All semifinalists and finalists will be publicly recognized prior to the presentation of the prize awards. The remaining semifinalists will receive a cash award of $100 at the Finals Round on Sunday. Semifinalists must be present at the finals to claim the award. 
 

Program Requirements

The pieces played for the semi and final rounds must be the same as those submitted on CD for the preliminary round.  For the violin and cello competitions, the Bach and the Concerto must be played from memory; contestants may use music for the Sonata portion of the competition. For classical guitar, all components must be played from memory. Contestants must send a copy of their music for the judges and for the accompanists. 
 
Rehearsal
All contestants will be provided one hour of rehearsal time with an accompanist the Friday of the competition weekend. The Schadt String Competition will provide accompanists of very high caliber; contestants may not bring their own accompanist. Contestants must bring a copy of the piano music for the accompanists. Rehearsals are closed; no one but proctors, Schadt Competition committee members, and ASA staff will be allowed in Symphony Hall.

Semifinals Judging

Each semifinalist will be given forty minutes.  Semifinalists are encourage to dress appropriately in performance attire. For violin and cello, judges will listen to the concerto, all or selected portions of Bach, and the sonata. For classical guitar, judges will require all of the concerto and solo unaccompanied piece. The judges may interrupt the performer at any time during the performance. This is a closed round, no one except judges and proctors will be allowed in Symphony Hall.

Finals Judging

Each finalist will perform his/her entire concerto uninterrupted (additional material may be requested each year, and all contestants will be notified at least one month in advance). This round will be conducted in a public concert, finalists must dress in formal concert attire.

Competition Etiquette
Competitors will be escorted by a proctor into Symphony Hall for the semifinal round. Following your performance, you will be asked to clear the hall for the next contestant. There will be a five-minute break between each contestant. No contestants are permitted to watch the rehearsals or semifinal round of any other contestant. All contestants are strongly encouraged to attend the Finals Competition, and will be recognized from stage. A $100 participation prize is awarded to all semifinalists who attend the finals.
 
Dress
The usual dress for the semifinal and final rounds is afternoon concert dress. Typically for men, this is a suit and tie; women, a knee length or longer dress or pants suit. 
 
Recordings

The Allentown Symphony Association and the Schadt String Competition retain all broadcast performance rights to performances recorded during the competition. Finals competitions are always recorded for archival purposes.

Housing and Hospitality 
The Schadt String Competition will provide housing for all contestants with area host families. Families are prepared to host contestants from Thursday through Monday.  As soon as assignments are made, contestants will be notified where they will be staying. Host family accommodations, transportation, and other hospitality events are provided ONLY for semifinalists. Family and friends of the semifinalists are welcome to attend the Finals round on Sunday at 2pm as it is a public recital, but all other competition events are closed. 

Members and Friends of the Allentown Symphony Association host two special dinners for all of the semifinalists: one on the Friday of the competition and one on Saturday. We require that all contestants attend the dinners, if they are able.