Rules & Regulations
National Schadt String Cello Competition Eligibility - 2020
- Age: Contestants must be 18-30 years old (must be 18 y/o or not have reached 31st birthday by Monday, December 16, 2019)
- Must be a current resident or citizen of the United States. Proof of citizenship is required.
- If not a citizen, a copy of your Student Visa or Green Card is required with entry.
- Competition is not open to prior first-place winners of the Schadt String Competition
- First Place: $12,000 and a solo performance with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra
- Second Place: $5,000
- Third Place: $2,500
Part 1 - Two contrasting movements of an unaccompanied piece by J.S. Bach.
Part 2 - Any major cello concerto of your choice (including all movements) recorded with piano accompaniment, excluding Barber’s Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 22 AND Schumann Cello Concerto Op. 129. Orchestral accompaniment will not be accepted. Please omit repeats.
Long tutti sections may be omitted.
Part 3 - Accompanied Sonata of your choice (complete)
- 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.
- 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 1:30 pm 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Each semifinalist will be given forty minutes. Semifinalists are encouraged 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.
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.
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
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.