Sonic Crossroads now offers online assessments for piano performance (solo and duet) and for composition, improvisation and sound design. Students are encouraged to select repertoire that explores a range of styles. Please consider the suggested repertoire lists for ideas. Students are also encouraged to perform original works as part of the performance submission!
Submissions are accepted four times a year with the following deadlines:
November 1, February 1, May 1 , August 1 (Of course you may submit early for the next deadline, but your assessment may be delayed based on reviewer availability.)
For solo performance assessments, please submit a recording without edits of 3 to 5 pieces Students should select an appropriate and consistent level for their repertoire:
1) early elementary, 2) elementary, 3) late elementary, 4) early intermediate, 5) intermediate, 6) late intermediate, 7) early advanced, 8) advanced, and 9) pre-college.
For duet performance assessments, please submit a recording without edits of 2 to 3 pieces Students should select an appropriate and consistent level for their repertoire: (same categories as for solo performance above)
For composition assessments, students should submit a PDF file of one score, either in handwritten manuscript form or as an engraved score. Because compositions can include multiple skill levels, the categories are less important for assessment. Students may submit multiple pieces in any of the three categories for assessment: Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced.
Additional composition submission types are: Improvisation, Electronic Music, Sound Design. These are submissions that do not have a notated score but that also demonstrate original composition. Unlisted YouTube videos should be submitted for these categories. (The electronic music / sound design categories need not have a video component. For example, a still photo will suffice).
Performance recordings must be without edits and should be submitted as an unlisted YouTube link.
There are three passing assessment grades: satisfactory, good, and excellent.
Students will receive certificates recognizing their accomplishment along with comments by a qualified judge. Our judges are experienced performers and composers who will offer rigorous but also inspiring feedback for students at any level.
Fees for each entry type and level are:
Solo performance - All elementary levels: €30
Solo performance - All intermediate levels: €40
Solo performance - All advanced levels: €50
Duet performance - All elementary levels: €30 (total for both performers)
Duet performance - All intermediate levels: €40 (total for both performers)
Duet performance - All advanced levels: €50 (total for both performers)
Composition - Elementary level: €30 for each score
Composition - Intermediate level: €40 for each score
Composition - Advanced level: €50 for each score
Improv / Electronic / Sound Design - Up to 5 minutes: €30
Improv / Electronic / Sound Design - Up to 12 minutes: €40
Improv / Electronic / Sound Design - No longer than 20 minutes: €50
Please feel free to contact us with questions about entry requirements, repertoire choices, establishing levels, etc.
Click here for the registration form. You will then be contacted for full entry information (number of pieces, level, composer names and work titles).
Please pay the assessment fee for your level (Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced) using the links below.
And don't forget to visit our original Repertoire List for ideas to include in your performance submission. Ideally one of these pieces -- or a comparable example of a global repertoire selection -- should be part of your submission.