AFAF's 2012-2013 Regular Season Program Rules

Some of the guidelines for our regular season program may have changed since last season, so please look over the rules carefully.

Participant Eligibility & Repertoire

AFAF 2012-2013 SeasonThe regular program of the American Fine Arts Festival is open to Instrumentalists and vocalists of all nationalities, K-12, college-level and amateur adults. Participants must perform one piece or one song from the standard repertoire. Each piece must be a minimum of 16 measures in length. Auditions and performances must not exceed 7 minutes. Auditions/performances that exceed the maximum performance time will be considered ineligible.Performers are required to perform from memory.

Accompaniment

Please note that AFAF does not provide accompanists for auditions. Wherever possible, participants are encouraged to provide their own accompanist.

Auditions

There are two ways of auditioning for the regular program of the American Fine Arts Festival: through in-person auditions at one of our audition locations (Massachusetts, Washington, DC, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, California, and Bejing, China) or, for those students unable to make it to a live audition — by submitting a video recording by mail. Teachers will be notified of their students’ audition results via email within two weeks of the last audition date. more ››

Winners' Concerts & Awards

Participants who pass the auditions will be invited to perform in one of our Winners’ Concerts, to be held in March-June, 2013 in New York City. Concert dates will be anounced within two weeks of the last audition date. Festival winners chosen to perform in our Winners’ Concert series will be awarded Certificates of Excellence. Teachers will be awarded Recognition Diplomas. In addition, winners will be provided with five complimentary tickets to their recital. Teachers will be notified of audition results by email.

Spivakov Foundation

Special Prizes

Moscow Concert
Presented in Association with the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation

The American Fine Arts Festival, in association with the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation (Moscow, Russia), is once again awarding a special prize to exceptional young participants of our regular season festival program. In addition to a special recital at Carnegie Hall, the prize includes five nights room and board in Moscow for the prize winner as well as one accompanying adult. While in Russia's capital, the prize winner will have the opportunity to give a recital in Moscow (May-June, 2013, dates and venues TBA), participate in a master class with a member of the Moscow Conservatory faculty, as well as take advantage of various excursions around Moscow.

London Concert
Presented in Association with ensemble Productions (London)

Our second Special Prize for 2012-2013 is presented in association with London-based Ensemble Productions. Winners of this prize, in addition to performing at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, will have the opportunity to perform in one of two concerts in London we've scheduled for 2013 -- at Cadogan Hall on April 22, 2013 and at Oxford University on April 23, 2013. The trip to London includes three nights room and board for the prize winner (the prize does not include room and board for accompanying adults).

Please note that the prizes do not include air travel — winners will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements.

Winners' Concerts — Venues & Dates

Winners’ Concerts for the 2012-2013 Regular Season Program of the American Fine Arts Festival are currently scheduled to take place between March-June 2013, in the following venues: Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, The Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Dicapo Opera Theatre Concert Hall, and Yamaha Piano Salon (for pianists only). Please note that other venues or extra concert dates may be announced later in the season. Winners will be provided with five complimentary tickets to their recital. Audition results will be announced on our website on or after February 28, 2013.

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie HallConcert Dates:
March-June 2013 - Date & Time TBA
Address:
154 West 57th Street, New York, NY (venue website).
Recital Fee:
$250, which includes a Certificate of Excellence and 5 complimentary tickets.
(the reduced recital fee for ensembles is $190/person)

The Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center

The Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln CenterConcert Dates:
March-June 2013 - Date & Time TBA
Address:
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY. (venue website)
Recital Fee:
$230, which includes a Certificate of Excellence and 5 complimentary seats.
(the reduced recital fee for ensembles is $170/person)

Dicapo Opera Theatre Concert Hall

Dicapo Opera Theatre Concert HallConcert Dates:
March-June 2013 - Date & Time TBA
Address:
184 East 76th Street, New York, NY (venue website).
Recital Fee:
Recital Fee: $190, which includes a Certificate of Excellence and 5 complimentary seats.
(the reduced recital fee for ensembles is $150/person)

*Yamaha Piano Salon

Yamaha Piano Salon(*for pianists only)
Concert Dates:

March-June 2013 - Date & Time TBA
Address:
184 East 76th Street, New York, NY (venue website).
Recital Fee:
Recital Fee: $190, which includes a Certificate of Excellence and 4 complimentary tickets.
(the reduced recital fee for ensembles is $150/person)

AFAF Judging Panel

Sandra W. Shen   bio »
Julia Zilberquit   bio »
Yuko Izuhara Gordon   bio »
Natela Mchedlishvili   bio »
Constantine Finehouse   bio »
Nina Beylina
Ena Barton   bio »

Fees

The application fee is $75 per participant. For chamber and vocal ensembles, the fee is $75/ensemble member. Please make checks payable to AFAF (American Fine Arts Festival), P.O. Box 106, Holmdel. NJ 07733. Application and recital fees are non-refundable.

Deadlines

All applications for in-person auditions must be postmarked no later than December 7, 2012. If auditioning by mail, applications and audition videotapes/DVDs must be postmarked no later than February 9, 2013. Please note that due to the large number of submissions, audition tapes/DVDs will not be reviewed or returned. Audition results will be announced on this website on or after February 28, 2013.

Further Information

For more information or additional tickets, please call (732) 671-2831. Please note that due to the volume of calls, we can only respond to teacher inquiries. We suggest you sign up for our email Newsletter using the form to the right so we can notify you of any updates to our schedule or any changes to these Festival guidelines.

Mailing Address

Please send all written inquiries, payments, video tapes/DVDs and applications to: AFAF, P.O. Box 106, Holmdel, NJ 07733.

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