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Piano competitions: worthwhile? not worthwhile? a scam?

Discussion in 'General' started by hreichgott, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. hreichgott

    hreichgott New Member

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    So, supposedly one way into concert dates is doing well in piano competitions. However, piano competitions are expensive. Looks like $200-$300 seems about a normal entry fee. And then there's the travel, missed wages etc.

    I did a bunch of competitions pre-conservatory, but either it's much cheaper in that age bracket (under 18), or it was much cheaper at that time (late 90s), or my piano teacher was secretly paying a lot of my fees. (Which was possible. I was her one work-study student, and she's that kind of person.) The purpose of those competitions was different, too, as I recall--more about getting exposure and critical feedback from professionals, not about getting an agent. I don't even think there were agents at those things.

    Are piano competitions worth it?

    (Are they just scams? They must rake in a lot of money at $200-$300 a contestant...)
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    There are a lot of competitions these days. Makes you wonder if the world needs so many!
    Sorry, I can't really comment much on the kind of competitions you are talking about, because I have only ever been in one competition and that was 1 1/2 years ago - an adult amateur competition. I went in not to win (I knew there was no chance) but just as a personal challenge to myself and also to hang around with other piano geeks like me for a few days. I believe I paid $175 to enter and feel that I got my money's worth. I did make new friends and I proved to myself that I could do it and not pass out from being too nervous (it was close, though.... :lol: ).
     
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    On the other hand, the jurors don't sit on the jury out of the goodness of their hearts, and I think they probably expect quite nice accommodation as well.
     
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    Yes, and they do have a huge job - all day listening/judging/critiquing piano playing for several days in a row. They too are missing wages but then they are compensated for being on the jury. I wonder how much they are paid?
     

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