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    The University of Tennessee at Martin                                        

    Department of Music



    Saturday, March 17, 2018
    Blankenship Recital Hall, University of Tennessee at Martin

    ELIGIBILITY:            Category I: Piano Solo, High School Grades 10 through 12
                                         Category II: Piano Solo, Grades 7 through 9
                                         Category III: The Elaine Harriss Elementary Competition
                                                             (Piano Solo through Grade 6)
                                         Category IV: The Allison Nelson Piano Ensemble Competition (any
                                                            combination of players for 1 or 2 pianos through Grade 12)
    Previous first-place winners are ineligible to enter the same category the following year.

    REPERTOIRE:  Each contestant/ensemble will perform a maximum of two contrasting works from the standard piano repertoire (no arrangements), not to exceed a total of 15 minutes. Individual movements of larger works will be accepted. Solo works are to be performed from memory; ensemble players may use music. No unauthorized photocopies are allowed.

    PRIZES:         Category I -       First place      $ 300             Second place     $150
                            Category II -      First place      $ 150             Second place     $100
                            Category III-      First place      $ 150             Second place     $100
                            Category IV -     First place      $ 150
    All entrants will receive a certificate and a copy of the judge’s evaluation.

    UTM MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS: In addition to the prizes above, first place winners are eligible for a $12,000 Chancellor’s Music Scholarship, second place winners for a $6,000 Honors Music Scholarship. All graduating seniors performing successfully in the competition will be offered a minimum $4,000 music scholarship. Scholarships are subject to UTM regulations.

    APPLICATION:  Application is to be made online at www.utm.edu/staff/elaineh/ and the non-refundable entrance fee of $30 for each solo entrant and each ensemble entry must be mailed to the address below. Make checks payable to The University of Tennessee.

                      Dr. Elaine Harriss, Department of Music       
                      108 Fine Arts Building, 16 Mt. Pelia Road
                      University of Tennessee at Martin
                      Martin, TN 38238

    DEADLINE:  Completed applications must be made and entry fee received by March 7, 2018. Confirmation of application and fee will be sent to the email address(s) on the application. Contact Dr. Harriss (elaineh@utm.edu or 731-881-7411) if you do not receive electronic confirmation by March 9. The competition schedule will be emailed by March 12.