THE C. MERRELL CALHOUN PIANO PRODIGY SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION
- The C. Merrell Calhoun Piano Prodigy Scholarship Competition -
The C. Merrell Calhoun Piano Prodigy Scholarship Awards of
$500 for 1st Place, $300 for 2nd place and $250 for 3rd Place
are awarded annually to promising young teen or pre-teen piano students exhibiting a prodigious level of talent
and skill in audition and performance. This award is intended to reward these efforts and achievements in
piano study and performance and to lend financial aid for the continued refinement of these skills.
The award was established and endowed in 1998 by C. Merrell Calhoun, then President of the Atlanta Steinway Society,
as an adjunct to the Society’s long standing piano scholarship program for college level students.
As such, the program serves to broaden the overall reach and appeal of the Society’s overall scholarship efforts.
Do you have a promising young teenage or pre-teen student that might like to audition for the chance to win
one of three cash prizes awarded annually by the C. Merrell Calhoun Endowment for
Georgia’s talented and deserving young pianists?
This invitation is being offered exclusively through The Atlanta Steinway Society
to all professional piano teachers and their students.
Candidates must be recommended by a music teacher or by a Steinway Society member,
or otherwise prove themselves to be a promising young artist.
Participants must be prepared to perform examples or excerpts demonstrating 3 different styles of music –
One Classical, One Romantic and one other style of the participant’s choice.
Audition time slots are limited to 15 minutes per performer, so please plan accordingly.
Please note... Depending on the length of your selections, at the discretion of the judge(s),
you may be asked to play only an excerpt of one or more of your prepared pieces.
CANDIDATE RECRUITMENT / APPLICATION & QUALIFYING PROCESS
Candidates for this award must be pianists under 14 years of age on the date of audition
and possess an exceptional level of musical talent and skill.
Awarding of the scholarship will not rest on virtuosity alone, but also on the combination of age, length of time in study, versatility, depth of expression and the degree of future promise as deemed by the judges.
There is NO fee for registration or participation in this competition.
PRELIMINARY QUALIFYING AUDITIONS FOR THESE AWARDS ARE SCHEDULED FOR:
March 31st, 2018
and will be held in the
Barbara Kirby Recital Hall at
STEINWAY PIANO GALLERIES
5950 North Point Parkway, Suite 130
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Candidates will be assigned and notified of a specific audition time
The top three candidates will be notified of their being selected the day following the auditions,
BUT they will not be ranked at this preliminary audition.
The final judging for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes
will take place at a Salon Concert by the three finalists
held at the home of C. Merrell & Connie Calhoun
where the top three candidates will be ranked and presented their awards.
TO APPLY FOR AN AUDITION SLOT, PLEASE COMPLETE THE ON-LINE APPLICATION FORM BELOW
AND PRESS THE "SUBMIT FORM" BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE.
DEADLINE: REGISTRATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED ONLINE ON, OR BEFORE MIDNIGHT,
MARCH 25, 2018.
FINALIST’S FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED
BASED ON THE CANDIDATE’S PERFORMANCE, AT THE PRODIGY AWARDS CONCERT TO BE HELD AT
4:00 PM ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON, APRIL 22, 2018.
This concert will be held at the home of C. Merrell & Connie Calhoun in Atlanta,
where the top three candidates will perform for members of the Steinway Society and our judge,
who will then rank the winners and present their awards.
The 3 Finalists of the Prodigy Scholarship Awards must agree to perform at this event.
THE WINNER OF THE FIRST PRIZE ADDITIONALLY MUST AGREE TO PERFORM AT:
The Atlanta Steinway Society’s Annual Gala Dinner and Fund Raiser
held on the first or second Sunday evening in November,
at the prestigious 103 West event venue, in Buckhead.
If unavoidable circumstances prevent an Award Recipient from participating in either or both of these events,
the Recipient agrees to perform in at least two Atlanta Steinway Society fund raising events
sometime during the 18-month period following the date of their award.