10th Annual National Piano Festival | Rules & Regulations | 12th - 15th March 2020
Piano Lessons Dublin

Rules & Regulations

Adjudication Rules

Registration Process, Payment + Schedules:
  • Online registration must be filled fully, along with your payment, in order to be processed.
  • PAI will not be accepting cash or cheques registrations this year.
  • Closing date for entries is Friday 21st February 2020.
  • Late entries will be accepted up to Tuesday 25th February, on payment of an additional fee of €10 per entry.

The Festival:
  • Ages shall be reckoned from 1st January 2020 -
    • o ie Solo Under 10 must be age 9 or under on January 1st 2020 - if they turn 10 on January 2nd, they may still register for Solo Under 10
  • Receipt of application will be made by email.
  • The Piano Academy of Ireland reserves the right to refuse entry to any performers.
  • The Piano Academy of Ireland reserves the right to change the time, venue or order of performances where necessary.
  • If a large number of entries is received for a category, it may be divided into two groups.
  • Performer’s piece may be heard in entirety or in part at the discretion of the adjudicator.
  • Performers are asked to provide a clean copy of their music to the adjudicator.
  • Performers to present one piece of their own choice (except Under 12 Repertoire)
  • Participants in more than one category may not perform the same piece more than once.
  • Previous 1st Prizewinners may not enter the same category again.
  • Performers must score at least 86% to merit 1st prize and 81% to merit 2nd prize.
  • The Adjudicator’s decision is final.
  • Unless a Category is cancelled by the Piano Academy of Ireland, registration fees are non-refundable

With regard to the Coronavirus situation, rather than wait for government instruction (we could be waiting rather a while....) we have decided to take matters in our own hands πŸ‘πŸ‘
The health and safety of our participants, teachers & students is of the utmost importance to us πŸ™πŸ»We have been observing this situation carefully and have decided with the current crisis, to modify this year's 2020 Festival - to an 'ONLINE' Festival.

What performers have to do:
  • Please make a recording of your performance
    • o Your phone will do & upload it to Youtube for the judge’s viewing.
    • o We can NOT accept video files to our email.
  • Our adjudicator Dr. Yonit Kosovske is fully supportive of this - and will be LISTENING πŸ‘‚πŸΌ(more than watching) so please don't worry if you feel your video is not 'perfect' in quality.
  • Performers due to perform Friday 13th,
    • o please submit to us by Friday 13th 5:00pm
    • o (Solo U6, Solo U8, Solo U10, Solo U12, Sonatina U12, Concerto Open)
  • Performers due to perform Saturday 14th,
    • o please submit to us by Saturday 14th 5:00pm.
    • o (Repertoire U12, Duet U16, Solo U14, Solo U18, Adult Silver Jubilee, post Gr 5)

The program is listed online & we will add approved videos after the 5:00pm deadline.

  • Results will be posted online on the evening of Tuesday 17th March, including our special awards.
  • Digital certificates will be emailed during the immediate days afterwards.
  • Trophies/Medals/Awards to be arranged for pick up from the Office, when it is clear to do so.

We hope you can appreciate that our efforts to modify this year's Festival is our contribution in helping to contain the virus. We hope that you might be relieved to know that while fully celebrating everyone's performance this weekend, you may stay at home, with no risk to you or your family.

Best of luck & we can't wait to receive your videos! πŸŽ₯
➑️ Ireland's 1st Online Music Festival! πŸ’ͺ🎢☘️🎹
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