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Music Competition


Are You a Musician or Vocalist?

Share the talent you’ve worked so hard to develop! HEAV is launching an exciting music competition for convention attendees.


Eligibility Requirements

Applications are being accepted now through April 15, 2014.

The competition is open to any currently homeschooled student.

Applicants must preregister for the convention.

Application fee:  $10 Member/$15 Non-member

The categories are:

  • Piano
  • Solo vocalist (with or without accompaniment)
  • Solo instrumentalist (with or without accompaniment)

Registration is closed.

A huge “thank you” to our sponsor, Liberty School of Music, for making this competition possible!

Competition Rules:

  1. The competition will be held on Thursday afternoon (June 5, 2014) at the 31st Annual Virginia Homeschool Convention in Richmond.
  2. The competition is open to any currently homeschooled student, high school senior and under. Accompanists may be any age.
  3. Music should be classical, spiritual, or traditional. An example repertoire list is available upon request.
  4. Contestants may choose from one of three categories: piano, vocal, or instrumental. (no drums, please)
  5. Each competitor shall render only one musical selection to be performed in five minutes or less. In order to keep within the five-minute time limit, the competitor may eliminate part of his musical selection. The part to be removed must be marked on the score for the information of the judges.
  6. Competitors shall provide two (2) original scores for the information of the judges.
  7. Evaluation sheets with judges’ comments will be given to the competitor after his performance.
  8. Dressing up is recommended as your appearance will reflect on your stage presence.
  9. Participants will be judged on mastery of his instrument in the following areas:
    • faithfulness to score
    • technique interpretation
    • stage presence
    • complexity of composition
    • memorization (recommended)
  10. First- and second-place winners will be determined in each of the categories.
  11. First-place winners will be presented at a keynote session to perform their winning piece for the attendees. Therefore, first-place winners must agree to be present at their designated keynote sessions on either Friday, June 6, or Saturday, June 7.
  12. Since there will be a limited number of competitors, applications will be accepted until the performance time-allotment is filled.
  13. HEAV reserves the right to decline an applicant based on the rules of the competition and the appropriateness of the musical selection.
  14. Judges decisions are final.


Music Competition FAQs

Q. May I use a recorded CD for accompaniment?

A. No, CD accompaniment is not permitted.


Q. What do I wear for the competition?

A. Don’t feel that you must buy anything special to wear for the competition. Recommended attire is a suit or tux for the young men and a nice dress or gown for the young women. Modest attire is appropriate—no tight clothing, plunging necklines, or bare shoulders are permitted.


Q. Is the five-minute time limit enforced?

A. Yes, the time limit will be strictly enforced.


Q. May I play a piece that I composed myself?

A. Yes, but you must still present two original copies of your music score for the judges.


Q. Will I be able to practice before the competition?

A. Yes, the room and piano will be available before the competition and you will receive a scheduled time that you may practice.


Q. If I win first place in my category, at which keynote session will I be playing?

A. The winner of the piano category and the vocal category will be playing at the keynote sessions on Friday. The winner of the instrumental category will play at the keynote session on Saturday.


Q. What are the prizes?

A. first place in each category: $100 and the winners will perform their musical selection at a keynote session.

second place in each category: $50

(There are also some additional, special prizes that will be announced shortly.)


Q.  What time is the competition on Thursday?

A.  The competition will be from 4:30 p.m. until approximately 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 5.


Q.  Will the competition be broken up into age categories for the judging?

A.  No, there will not be separate age categories. Everyone will be judged individually, based on faithfulness to score; technique; interpretation; stage presence; complexity of composition; and memorization. Everyone will then receive a copy of the judge’s score sheet– including any comments from the judges.

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