THE SCOOP | Calling All Pianists: The RCM Music Lights The Way Festival Is Open For Submissions

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The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) has announced the inaugural Music Lights The Way Festival. The event is free, and open to piano students at any level, with more than $150,000 in prizes available.

The prizes have been provided by Yamaha, and the competition includes the opportunity to perform at Toronto’s vaunted Koerner Hall.

The details

Piano students at all levels, including casual learners as well as those who are on their way to a professional career as musicians. There are divisions for youth and adults across 14 different categories. Students from across Canada and the United States are invited to apply.

  • Video entries can be submitted until December 1, 2022;
  • It’s free to enter;
  • Semi-finalists will be announced on January 15, 2023;
  • Youth division finalists will be named on February 1, 2023;
  • On March 22, prize winners of both divisions will be announced.

In the video, participants should play one piece from the RCM’s Celebration Series®, Sixth Edition Repertoire books. To register, and for more information, see [HERE].

“The Music Lights The Way Piano Festival is a wonderful opportunity for students. It lets them showcase their skills to their friends and family, all while competing for many fantastic prizes,” says Dimitra Marangozis, Piano Teacher at the Oscar Peterson School of Music in a media release. “I’ve already started to see healthy competition and excitement among students as they work hard to prepare their submissions.”

Family and friends can get involved by voting for their favourites in the audience choice awards, available on the Festival site.

“The Music Lights The Way Piano Festival is an opportunity for students to showcase their passion for music by learning and performing repertoire from our recently launched Celebration Series, Sixth Edition. We are excited to create an event to energize teachers and students and inspire them to strive for musical excellence,” said Dr. Janet Lopinski, Senior Director, Academic Programs. “We encourage all students across Canada and the US to participate. This is a wonderful opportunity to set and achieve goals, prepare for a performance, and have a chance to win amazing prizes.”

Audiences can show their support on March 21 at the grand finale, with live performances at Koerner Hall in Toronto. The winners will be announced the following day on March 22. Anyone from around the world will be able to view a recorded version of the concert.

Best of luck to all.


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