Marvin O. Mechelke II Piano Award Competition
The Mechelke Scholarship Competition is for undergraduate piano majors, and is held at the Mechelke home every other year in the spring. The next competition will take place on Friday evening, April 29, 2011.
The competition is open to any talented full-time undergraduate student in the College of Liberal Arts majoring in piano performance, music education/therapy, or a Bachelor of Arts in Music, whose instrument is piano and who has not already won the award. All applicants must be in good academic standing, carrying at least 13 credits per semester and have a GPA of at least 3.0.
Contestants must choose at least two contrasting works with a total playing time of 10 to 20 minutes. A second piano will be available for duo or concerto repertoire. Selections should be complete works or movements, not excerpts. Cuts are not allowed, but repeats may be omitted. Contestants should be prepared to make some brief introductory remarks about their repertoire (as time permits).
After the judges have announced their decision, the winner shall perform, as an encore program, one or more additional selections from their repertoire totaling 10 to 15 minutes in length, again withbrief introductory remarks about the music.
The winner will receive a cash prize of $1,500, to be used as needed to further their musical education at the University of Minnesota. At the discretion of the judges and with approval of the Mechelkes, an additional award of $500 may be awarded to the second-place winner. (Second-place winners may compete a second time, but those who have won two second-place awards are no longer eligible to compete.)
The jury shall consist of three individuals selected by the School of Music: an active School of Music faculty member not from the keyboard division, and two more individuals chosen from the local music community. The decision of the judges is final.
Application forms should be submitted to Rebecca Shockley by April 13, and repertoire information should be submitted by April 22.