Scholarship competition Kalaidos Musikhochschule

1) The Kalaidos Musikhochschule awards four scholarships in the Master of Arts course Kalaidos FH in instrumental/vocal Music Performance or Specialized Performance with a specialization in classical music / soloist diploma as part of its international scholarship competition, which will take place for the first time in 2020. A scholarship has a value of approximately CHF 20,000 (twenty thousand) and consists of a free visit to the programme. Payment of the prize is excluded.


A version of the announcement and the registration form in German and Chinese is available at

https://www.kalaidos-fh.ch/de-CH/Departement-Musik/Stipendienwettbewerb
https://www.kalaidos-fh.ch/zh-CN/Departement-Musik/Stipendienwettbewerb

2)
In 2020 the competition is held for the following subjects:

  • Piano (classical)
  • Vocals (classical)

The accredited lecturers of the Kalaidos Academy of Music are available to teach the main artistic subject.

3) Eligibility requirements and implementation

Students with the following degrees are eligible to participate:

  • for a scholarship Master Performance: completed Bachelor's degree at a conservatoire/music university with at least the grade "good".
  • for a Master Specialized Performance scholarship, a completed Master's programme in Performance (or equivalent) at a conservatory/music university with at least the rating "very good". 

The study conditions of the "Master of Arts FH in Instrumental/Vocal Music Performance with Specialization in Classical Music" or "Master of Arts FH in Instrumental/Vocal Music Specialized Performance with Specialization in Classical Music" programme apply.

To determine the scholarship recipients, an international competition is held in two stages:

3.1) Stage I: Participation via Youtube video. The video must be recorded live and uncut with the clock running. The application must include a link to the video on Youtube.

3.2) Stage II: four candidates per subject (piano/vocals) are invited to Level II, where they must present themselves in a public audition in Switzerland.

4) Program requirements


4.1)
Piano Level I

Performance of at least 3 works or movements from at least three epochs, different characters and different technical problems, where the programme must include a main movement of a classical sonata, a virtuoso etudes (Chopin, Liszt) and a representative Romantic work. An extensive performance is obligatory.

The maximum playing time should be approx. 35 minutes.

From the recordings, the jury will select a maximum of 4 participants for Level II.

4.2) Singing Level I

Performance of at least 3 works or sentences from at least three epochs, different characters and different technical problems, where the programme must include at least 2 languages. Memorized performance is compulsory (except for movements from oratorios).

Works from three epochs, the programme must cover the genres arias, art song and oratorio.

The maximum lecture time should be approx. 35 minutes.
From the submissions, the jury will select a maximum of 4 participants for Level II.

4.3) Piano Level II

A program of about 45 minutes of your own choice, with at least three different epochs and characters. Lecture by heart is compulsory.

The composition of the program should be justified and can be included in the evaluation..

4.4) Singing Level II

A program of approx. 45 minutes of your choice. There must be three opera arias, a recitative + aria from an oratorio as well as four art songs. The programme must contain works in at least three different languages, one of which must be German. Memorized performance is compulsory (except for movements from oratorios).

The composition of the programme should be justified and can be included in the evaluation.

It is recommended that candidates bring their own accompanist. If this is not possible, the following rules apply:

  • The grades for accompaniment in Level II must be received at the Ka-laidos Musikhochschule by 31 March 2020.

  • The Kalaidos Musikhochschule arranges piano accompaniment for the candidates. The candidates have to arrange billing, rehearsal arrangements etc. directly with the accompanists. The Kalaidos University of Music does not act as a client here, but only as a mediator.

5) Composition of the juries

5.1) Piano and Vocals Level I

The jury consists of three lecturers of the respective subject of the Kalaidos Academy of Music, one person from international music life and two members of the ectorate of the Kalaidos Academy of Music.

The jury will rate each video sent in or accessible via Youtube link as "yes" or "no". "Yes" means that the candidate in question has been nominated for the 2nd level, "No" means no invitation for the 2nd level.

The candidates with the most "yes" ratings will be invited to the 2nd level.

5.2)
Piano and Vocals Level II

In level II there is a joint jury for both sections - piano and singing - consisting of the following persons:

Two lecturers from the Kalaidos Academy of Music, one person from the area of artistic direction, one person from the area of music journalism, two members of the Rectorate of the Kalaidos Academy of Music.

Each member of the jury has one vote. The majority decision applies.

The Kalaidos University of Music reserves the right to change this composition.

6) Administrative matters

Applicants can name a desired lecturer from the available lecturers with their registration. There is no entitlement to this wish being fulfilled.

Winning a prize also means passing the entrance examination for the Master of Arts Kalaidos Fachhochschule in Instrumental/Vocal Music Performance or Specialized Performance/Soloist Diploma with a specialization in Classical Music.

Stage I will take place in March 2020; the deadline for applications with videos or links is 10 February 2020.

Stage II of the competition is expected to take place in April/May 2020; if you win a prize, you can start your studies in October 2020.

To apply for the competition, the relevant form must be used (download registration form). In addition, the following documents must be submitted:

  • Reference of the current main subject lecturer
  • Tabular CV
  • Programme for rounds 1 and 2, taking into account the requirements under point 4.
  • Letter of motivation

Brief statement on the implementation of the study programme

The decisions of the jury are final. The jury is not obliged to award prizes.

There will be no correspondence about the competition.

Students who have already started their studies at the Kalaidos University of Music or who have registered for them are not admitted to the competition.

Depending on the jury's decision, participation in the scholarship competition can be considered as an admissions test, regardless of whether a scholarship has been won or not.

The condition for receiving a scholarship is that the date of study set by the Kalaidos University of Music is adhered to. The course must be started no later than 12 months after the prize has been won.

The scholarship is paid out in several tranches with the purpose to use the money for the planned purpose - teaching with accredited university lecturers. This purpose must be proven by the signature of the lecturers.

In the event of termination of studies, the entitlement to the scholarship expires.

The student is available free of charge for performances on behalf of the Musikhochschule for the duration of his/her studies. The Kalaidos Musikhochschule reserves the right to make audio and video recordings of the students, for which it holds all rights.

Swiss law is applicable to the competition; the place of jurisdiction is Zurich.