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Live Competition General Rules

Pacific Stars Live Competition General Rules

  1. The 2022 Pacific Stars International Piano Competition is open to contestants of all nationalities.

  2. The 2022 Pacific Stars Live Competition will be both in person. 

  3. All contestants must submit unedited videos for their applications. 

  4. The application deadline is July 10th, 2022 at 12PM (PST) for the Live Competition.

  5. The $120 application payment deadline is due on July 10th, 2022 at 12PM (PST) for Live Competition.

  6. The application and registration fees will be non-refundable.

  7. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  8. Decisions by the jury are final and unappealable.

  9. The 2022 Pacific Stars International Piano Competition reserves rights to publish contestants' photos and videos for any use, including promotion (once submitted), and will not provide remuneration to contestants for such use. 

  10. Contestants waive all rights and claims to the use of the submitted videos and photos contained in their application

  11. The 2022 Pacific Stars International Piano Competition will not be responsible for accommodation or airfare in connection with any performance/recital awarded to a contestant as a result of their participation in this competition.

  12. Participants who are applying for the Online category are not eligible to apply for the Live Category. 

  13. First, Second, and Third Prizes will be awarded for each category. Tied prizes will be awarded at the jury’s discretion.

  14. Each contestant will receive a participation certificate. No comments from the jury will be provided.

  15. Contestants’ ages will be based as of July 1, 2022, with reference to their birth date.

  16. The competition Jury has the right to stop the performance when the performance goes over the time limit.

Video Recording Preparation

It is to the participant’s benefit to provide a recording of high quality. Recordings with too much background noise or distortion make it difficult for adjudicators to render a fair judgment of technical and artistic qualities. However, recordings need not be professionally recorded. Video recordings must be hosted on a public video platform easily accessible in the USA, such as YouTube.

Participants will be directed in the application page to paste video links of their performances. Before going through the application process, participants must ensure that their video link(s) conforms to the following adherents and permissions:

Abstain from setting accessibility limits, privacy, or permissions of the video footage and ensure it is easily viewable to the public.
The camera angle must be fixed (no multiple angles), clearly showing the performer’s hands, feet, and face at all times.
The footage of the preliminary video must contain no more than 5 seconds of leader (silence) before the commencement of the performance(s); note that during the final round video recording, you may contain more than 5 seconds of silence before the first selection and between each subsequent selection within the continuous uninterrupted performance.

The video link audio must not contain any spoken monologue, dialogue, or any other vocalization that might identify the participant in any way, including age or gender.
The participant may list the links in his or her desired play order.
Note that failure to properly scrub any audio artifacts of the participant’s identity, including spoken dialogue or vocalization of any sort on the audio proper, or mention of the Pacific Stars International Piano Competition and Festival contained on the host’s linked page or title will result in the instant disqualification of the participant without notice or refund. The PSIPC takes no responsibility or liability to review or sanitize recordings to ensure recordings adhere to the above guidelines and requirements.

Although the video quality must be clear enough to recognize the participant and speak to the authenticity of the performance, the most important aspect is the audio quality. The use of a well-prepared and maintained acoustic piano is strongly urged, as is the efforts taken to produce an audio of high fidelity.

Avoid recording performances with cell phones and low end consumer-grade cameras. Such devices often compress the sound (removing the natural ambiance and compressing dynamic sound levels), yielding poor audio quality. Participants may opt to record at a professional studio, record audio from a sound recording device (such as a flash recorder), or use a higher-grade camera with external microphones and dedicated sound capturing capability.

Note also that providing more than the recommended music time allotment during the preliminary round rarely results in a more favorable outcome.

Review all links carefully and completely so that they are free of flaws or other unanticipated issues. Participants should therefore retain copies of all materials sent to the Pacific Stars International Piano Competition, 2022. Recorded performances must be performed entirely from memory (excepting Amateur (B) participants, who are released from this requirement).

Recordings and other submitted materials will not be returned.

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