Scholarship competition Kalaidos Musikhochschule

1) As part of the international scholarship competition, the Kalaidos Musikhochschule awards, for the first time in 2019, four Master of Arts FH in Instrumental / Vocal Music Performance with Specialisation in Classical Music. One Scholarship is worth CHF 20,000 (twenty thousand) and consists free attendance of the degree program mentioned above. A pay out of the price is not possible.

2)
In 2019 the competition is held for the following subjects:

  • Piano (classical)
  • Vocals (classical)

The following renowned international artists are available to lecture the main subject:

3) Eligibility requirements and implementation

Eligible are students that have graduated with a Master’s from a conservatory or university dedicated to music and have received at least first class honours.

The academic conditions for the Master of Arts FH in Instrumental / Vocal Music Performance with Specialisation in Classical Music degree program apply. An international competition is held in two stages to determine the scholarship recipients:

3.1) Stage I: participation via a YouTube video. The video must be recorded live, uncut, and with a visible clock running in the background. The respective YouTube link must accompany the application.

3.2) Stage II: four candidates are invited for each subject (Piano/Vocals), which have to perform in a public audition held in Switzerland.

4) Program requirements


4.1)
Piano, Stage I

  • three different character sets of a partita or, one English suite by J. S. Bach, or three sonatas by D. Scarlatti with different characters,
  • the opening movement of a classical sonata,
  • a slow sonata movement by L. v. Beethoven (except Op. 59, Op. 53, and Op. 79),
  • a virtuoso etude from F. Liszt or F. Chopin,
  • a work from Romanticism until the 20th century (individual movements are permitted).

The performance should be around 35 minutes.

The jury selects four participants for Stage II.

4.2)
Vocals, Stage I

  • three operatic arias in German and at least one additional language,
  • two arias including recitatives from oratories,
  • one short piece of your choice without backing,
  • four art songs of which at least one must be by F. Schubert, R. Schumann,
  • two contemporary songs that were created past 1990.

The jury selects four participants for Stage II.

4.3) Piano, Stage II

A program lasting around 45 minutes, which must contain

  • one of the following sonatas by L. v. Beethoven: Op. 53, Op. 57, Op. 101, Op. 106, Op. 109, Op. 110, Op. 111 (the commission selects individual movements on site)
  • a piano piece from Romanticism,
  • Gargoyles 4th movement by L. Liebermann,
  • a piece of your choice.

The program compilation should be justified and can affect the evaluation.

4.4) Vocals, Stage II

  • a romantic opera aria (by G. Verdi, V. Bellini, R. Wagner, or R. Strauss),
  • an opera aria by W. A. Mozart,
  • an opera aria by G. Rossini, G. Donizetti, or V. Bellini, or an aria from the baroque repertoire or the early baroque repertoire,
  • an opera aria of your choice,
  • a complete song cycle by F. Schubert or R. Schumann (the commission chooses the pieces to be performed),
  • an aria including recitative from a oratorio/a passion (has to be different from the one performed in Stage I),
  • two pieces of your choice.

It is recommended that candidates bring their accompanist. The following rules apply should this not be possible:

  • the music sheets used by the accompanist in Stage II must be submitted to the Kalaidos Musikhochschule by March 31, 2019,
  • the Kalaidos Musikhochschule can mediate accompanying pianist. Invoicing, rehearsals, and so forth must be communicated with the accompanist directly. In these instances, the Kalaidos Musikhochschule serves not as contracting authority but an intermediary.

5) Composition of the juries

5.1) Piano and Vocals, Stage I

The jury is made up by the candidates preferred lecturer (Section 2.) as well as two members of the Kalaidos Musikhochschule’s rectorate.

The jury rates each submitted or via YouTube available video with ‘Yes’ or ‘No’. A ‘Yes’ vote means that the candidate will be suggested for Stage II, a ‘No’ vote will result in the elimination from the competition.

Candidates that accumulate the most ‘Yes’ votes will be invited to participate in Stage II.

5.2)
Piano and Vocals, Stage II

Stage II has a joint jury for both sections – piano and vocals – consisting of the following individuals:

  • Christian Weidmann, director of the Argovia Philharmonic,
  • Peter Korfmacher, cultural director of the Leipziger Volkszeitung,
  • one singer and one pianist each with international concert experience, who are not listed as lecturers for this course,
  • at least one conductor,
  • two members of the Rectorate of the Kalaidos Musikhochschule.

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

The Kalaidos Musikhochschule reserves the right to change the composition at any time.

6) Administrative matters

Applicants can name the desired lecturer(s) from the list of available lecturers in the application. Entitlement to the fulfilment of preference does not exist.

Winning a prize shall be construed as passing the entrance exam for the Master of Arts at the Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences in Instrumental/Vocal Music Specialized Performance with a specialisation in classical music/soloist diploma.

Stage I will be held in March 2019; the deadline for applications with videos or links is 1 March 2019.

Stage II of the competition is expected to be completed at the end of May 2019; in case of a winning prize, the course can be started in October 2019.

Application for the competition requires filling out the corresponding form. The following documents must also be submitted:

  • Recommendation of the current senior lecturer(s)
  • CV in tabular form
  • Program for rounds 1 and 2 taking into account the requirements in point 4
  • Letter of motivation
  • A brief statement on the realisation of the course

In round 2, the jury is entitled, if necessary, to cut the presentation short due to time constraints.

The decisions of the jury are incontestable. The jury is not obliged to award a prize.

We will not enter into any correspondence about the competition.

Students who have already taken up a degree course at the Kalaidos Musikhochschule or have registered for it may not enter the competition.

Depending on the decision of the jury, participation in the scholarship competition may be regarded as an admission examination, irrespective of the award of a scholarship.

Award of the scholarship depends on the observance of the course duration specified by the Kalaidos Musikhochschule. The course must be started no later than 12 months after the prize has been awarded.

The scholarship is paid out in several instalments with the purpose of using the money for lessons with accredited university lecturers. Lectures must give their signature to prove fulfilment of purpose.
Entitlement to the scholarship expires with the early termination of the course.

The student is available for performances on behalf of the Musikhochschule during his course free of charge. The Kalaidos Academy of Music reserves the right to take image and sound recordings of the students for which they hold all rights.

The competition is subject to Swiss law; place of jurisdiction is Zurich.