Deborah Kahan Competition










     Saturday January 25th 2020

First Congregational Church of Darien



  Piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar; soloists, duos, or any combination of piano and strings.  Students must be between the age of 6 and 18.



  Two contrasting pieces in period and style from standard Classical repertoire.

 Arrangements, transcriptions, abridgements, simplified versions, hymns, and popular folk songs are not permitted.


Length, Time Limit 

        Age 6-7      6 minutes

               8-9      7 minutes

               10-11   8 minutes

               13-15   9 minutes

               16-18  10 minutes

If an entrant’s repertoire exceeds the time limit, the judge will stop the performance without any penalty when the limit has been reached.


Application Procedures

One teacher may enter up to 6 students. Applications are not accepted from parents. Applications should include the following:

1. A completed application form (in downloadable pdf format at the bottom of this page)

  2. Proof of birth (a copy of passport or birth certificate)

  3. Fees (one check should be written  by the teacher to cover all his/her students)

  4. Signed form of photograph release by parent (included in the pdf at the bottom of these guidelines)


Mailing Address  

    Kumiko Imamura, 20 West Main Street C104, Norwalk, CT 06861


Application Deadline  

    January 2nd (post marked)


Application Fee

     CSMTAFC members... $40 per student.  

      Non members ….$50 per student,  plus additional teacher entrance fee $60

      Payable to CSMTA Fairfield Chapter.

      Fees are not refundable.


Audition Procedure

1. Teachers will be informed a week before the competition date of the exact audition time for each student.

2. The format is that of a private audition. Because of limited space, we suggest that only one parent accompany each participant to the event.

3. Each student will have a minute to try out the piano before their division begins. The tryout will be supervised by an assigned supervising member; teachers will not be allowed to be present. There will be no exceptions to this rule. 

4. The student must supply for the judges either one hard copy of an original score, or a computer- generated one from a source such as Ismlp, Carl Fischer CD, PianoStreet. com, Werner Icking Music Archives, Musicalion.

5. Winners are determined by the judges, and are invited to perform one selection chosen by the judges at the Winners Circle Concert to be held on February 2nd at First Congregational Church of Darien,

6. Judges’ decision is final.


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