Rules & Regulations - Senior Category

ELIGIBILITY

The Saint Paul String Quartet Competition (SPSQC) is exclusively for advanced  String Quartets (ensembles comprising 2 violins, viola, and cello). The SPSQC is open to U.S. and non-U.S. residents provided the age of each musician in the quartet is not more than 30 years on May 1, 2021

  • No individual may enter/compete in more than one ensemble.

  • Quartets invited to perform in the Senior Division Final Rounds must retain original membership and perform the repertoire submitted in the application.

RULES & REGULATIONS

There are 3 distinct Rounds of competition: Preliminary Round, BIPOC or Female Composer Round, and Final Round.

Application process for the Preliminary Round

Applicants are required to prepare and submit Two Complete Works of contrasting styles and periods from the standard string quartet repertoire. Email repertoire selections to SPSQC Artistic Administrator for approval. Submitted videos will be viewed by a preliminary jury of professional chamber musicians. This panel will listen to each Quartet and evaluate each performance with detailed written comments in the following categories: Tone Quality, Intonation, Ensemble & Balance, and Musical ideas.  

 

Applicants must submit the following by Friday, April 09, 2021:

1. Proof of date of birth for each quartet member
2. A recent high quality photo (Color or BxW)
3. Application fee of $150 per quartet
4. The following two videos of recorded music (Each piece must be performed in their entirety for the video. Repeats are optional):

Video 1: Unedited video performance of a Standard String Quartet composition

Video 2: Unedited video performance of a Standard String Quartet composition (contrasting from Video 1 in style and period)

Upon Acceptance to the SPSQC Senior Finals:

1. Send confirmation of participation the SPSQC final rounds on May 1, 2021

2. Upload the following unedited video of recorded music:

Video 3: Unedited video performance of a complete BIPOC or Female composer composition for string quartet must be submitted by April 25, 2021

 

NOTE: Performance videos can be from either the 2019-20 or 2020-21 academic years but must adhere to all eligibility requirements.

The BIPOC or Female Composer Round will take place on Saturday May 1, 2021 beginning at 2pm.

Pre-recorded or Re-recorded Videos of each SPSQC finalist quartet's submitted BIPOC or Female Composer piece for the jury will be broadcast live for the Jury and the internet. Order of performance will be randomly selected prior to the event.

The Final Round will take place on Saturday May 1, 2021 beginning at 3:30pm.

Pre-recorded or Re-recorded Videos of each SPSQC finalist quartet's two submitted contrasting string quartets for the jury will be broadcast live for the Jury and the internet. Order of performance will be the same as the previous Rounds.

The 2021 Jury will be the distinguished Arianna String Quartet

AWARDS

1st Prize - $1600 + 4 sets of Scores/Parts

2nd Prize - $1000 + 4 sets of Scores/Parts

2021 Schedule (tbd)

VIDEO recording preparation:
Each of the two (2) video recordings being submitted to the SPSQC for the Preliminary Round must be recorded as a complete “take” and not be edited or altered in any way. The SPSQC reserves the right to disqualify applicants entering enhanced or modified recordings. Subject to the advice of the preliminary jury, a minimum of four string quartets will be selected to compete in the Senior Category Finals.

EVENT DATE:
The SPSQC Senior Category Final Rounds will take place on Saturday, May 1, 2021. Each Quartet accepted into the Finals must compete with the same repertoire submitted in the Preliminary Round.

VIDEO RECORDING DETAILS (revised):
Each Senior Category ensemble should submit video recordings of their 2 selected works (complete). Each piece must be recorded as a complete p
erformance (no editing or fadeout between movements). The video recording must show all ensemble members at all times. The picture must remain stationary (no panning, fade-in/fade-out or close-up techniques). The ensemble should fill the screen as much as possible.

VIDEO FILE NAMING FORMAT

SPSQC_2021_SENIOR - [Quartet's Name] plays [Composer last name:] [Composition title] + length of performance.

Example: SPSQC_2021_SENIOR - Quartet Sine Nomine plays Mendelssohn: Quartet in e minor, Op.44 No.2   27min10s