2020 SVPC Regionals Rules & Regulations


  • Participants living in the following regions can apply to participate in this competition: Tri-State (NY, CT, NJ), Miami, Chicago, Southern California, Northern California and Seattle. Students can only apply once and only in the region in which they live. Some exclusions may apply. Please check the Acceptd page for your region to find out your eligiblity to participate in this regional competition. For students not living in these territories, a competition will be available to you this fall. If you still have questions on your eligibility, please email the STEINWAY contact for the region with your zip code from Acceptd.

  • Participants must complete and submit the full application at https://app.getacceptd.com/steinwaycompetition by October 1, 2020 at 11:59pm.

  • A NON-REFUNDABLE application fee of $35 USD must be paid at the time of application submission.

  • Application questions will include student, parent/guardian, and teacher information.

  • A confirmation message will be sent once a student’s complete application has been received. 


  • Each participant is required to perform two pieces and will be allotted the following amount of time for the performance of both pieces: 
    • Division I: Ages 9 and under - max. 8 minutes
    • Division II: Ages 10-12 - max. 10 minutes
    • Division III: Ages 13-15 -  max. 12 minutes
    • Division IV: Ages 16-17 - max. 14 minutes
  • The two pieces must be contrasting works for solo piano from two different eras of Western classical music, including Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century, and must be performed memorized. Original compositions and improvisations are not permitted. Repeats may be played at the discretion of the performer, but are not required.
  • Repertoire must be performed by memory.
  • Contestants will be graded on the following criteria, using a rating scale of 1-5:
    • Musicality and artistry: Students who score well will not simply play their selected pieces cleanly, but will demonstrate an appropriate understanding of aspects of performance including artistic and stylistic interpretation. Judges will look for students who exhibit attention to details of musicality such as phrasing, dynamics, touch, and shaping, and who can elevate their performance from merely playing the written notes, to giving a dynamic and engaging performance.
    • Technical mastery: Students who score well will demonstrate that they can meet the technical requirements of their selected pieces. They should be able to comfortably navigate the technical challenges of the literature. Their performance should be free of major note or fingering errors. Students should look to utilize an appropriate tempo and, when required, clean pedaling.
    • Adherence to the score: Students who score well will demonstrate a nuanced understanding of the composers’ intent in both pieces they perform. Their performances should reflect instructions given by the composer in the score including (but not limited to) tempo, style, pedaling, dynamic markings, etc., as well as customs of the period in which their selected piece was written.
    • Stage presence: Students should demonstrate a high level of professionalism throughout their audition. Students who score well will display both confidence and charisma, whether it is their first time participating in a competition, or they are more experienced. Students should keep in mind that if they should receive an award, they will be expected to perform in front of their peers and guests. This includes appropriate performance attire.
    • Memory: Students are expected to perform their selected pieces without referring to the score. The judges may, in the case of a memory slip, choose to prompt a student at their discretion; however, such instances will detract from the student’s overall score.


  • Age requirements apply to applicant’s age as of October 1, 2020. Applicants must reside in the United States in one of the following regions: Tri-State (NY, CT, NJ), Miami, Chicago, Southern California, Northern California and Seattle. Exclusions may apply, for students not living in these territories, a competition will be available to you this fall.
  • First prize winners at the Steinway Junior Piano Competition in 2019 or earlier may only enter the Steinway Virtual Piano Competition if they have aged into a higher division in the Seattle, Northern California, Miami, and Chicago Regional Competitions. If you've won first prize outside these regions, you are allowed to particpate in the division you had won.
  • Judges will be announced on the Acceptd page for the competition.
  • Evaluations made by the jury committees are final.
  • Steinway & Sons and Steinway Factory-owned showrooms reserve the rights to photograph, record, or video the auditions of contestants and winners and to use these documents for marketing purposes. No extra fee will be paid to the contestants.
  • Each winner is solely responsible for reporting and paying any and all applicable taxes related to the prize(s) and paying any expenses associated with any prizes, which are not specifically provided for in the official rules. Each winner must provide the Company with valid identification and a valid taxpayer identification number or social security number before any prize will be awarded. Any person winning over $600 in prizes from the Company will receive an IRS form 1099 at the end of the calendar year and a copy of such form will be filed with the IRS.
  • Steinway & Sons reserves the right to the interpretation of the Terms and Conditions of the Regulations.


  • Students will be required to upload a video(s) performing both audition pieces on a piano of their choice (digital or acoustic) through their application in Acceptd.

  • Sheet music of repertoire must be uploaded with minimal markings for judges reference.

  • All repertoire must be performed from memory

  • The video must be filmed with both the pianist's face and hands in the frame at all times.

  • Video recordings may be paused between each repertoire selection or applicants may submit two separate videos for each piece.

  • Each work on the video must be a continuous and unedited performance.

  • Videos must not be filmed more than six months prior to submission.

  • Any recording over the allotted time will not be penalized but will not be judged.

Questions about the rules? Please email competition@steinway.com

If you experience technical issues with Acceptd, please contact the Acceptd Support Team at support@getacceptd.com or by calling 1-888-725-2122. Check out their Help Desk for frequently asked questions.

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