Attention young pianists

Deadline extended for Claudette Sorel piano competition

Submitted Photo Above, ten finalists with judges at Inaugural Claudette Sorel Piano Competition in the Juliet J. Rosch Recital Hall, State University of New York at Fredonia

The Fredonia School of Music has extended the deadline to register for the Second Annual Claudette Sorel Piano Competition. The deadline is now Monday, Sept. 25. There is NO registration fee!

The Claudette Sorel Piano Competition is open to talented young pianists (ages 15-18) on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Juliet J. Rosch Recital Hall, State University of New York at Fredonia.

The first prize is a $2,500 cash award, plus an hour-long recording session with a sound engineer.

An additional $1,250 in Sorel special prizes will be awarded.

The Claudette Sorel Piano Competition, presented by the Fredonia School of Music, is open to young artists ages 15 to 18 who are passionate about piano performance and repertoire. If selected as a finalist for the competition, participants are asked to prepare a program of no longer than 15 minutes that demonstrates an artistic vision, such as works of a specific composer, known or unknown, a thematic connection between works, an original way of presenting the music, etc.

The competition is named for pianist and SUNY Distinguished Professor Claudette Sorel and is supported by a foundation she founded. The Sorel Organization intends to create opportunities for women in composition, conducting, piano, voice and film scoring and to keep musical excellence alive while expanding the boundaries for women in music.

Judges for this competition will include: Eliran Avni, Mary Cobb, Father Sean Duggan, Phyllis East and Anne Kissel.

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