Participants must not currently be, or have formerly been, a full-time paid professional in either a performance position or a college teaching position as of the submission deadline. There is no age limitation, and participants may be of any gender, race, or nationality.
Applicants should fill out the Registration Form in order to receive a PDF packet of the required excerpts, and access to the submission process for recordings.
A one-time fee of $25 (USD) is due along with the submission of audition materials. Financial assistance is available upon request as well as the option to sponsor an applicant in need of financial assistance by completing the Registration Form.
Excerpts should be performed in the order listed below:
Vaughan Williams, Concerto for Bass Tuba (No Piano)
Wagner, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Prokofiev, Symphony No. 5
Wagner, Ride of the Valkyries
Berlioz, Hungarian March
Strauss, Ein Heldenleben
Bruckner, Symphony No. 7
Wagner, "Prelude to Act III" from Lohengrin
Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique
Hindemith, Symphonic Metamorphosis
Audition packets containing copies of the excerpts and guidelines for recording and submission will be emailed once the Registration Form is completed.
Auditions should be performed in one continuous take, unedited, and the excerpts should be performed in the order listed.
Audio recordings are preferred. Video submissions will be accepted, but only the audio portion will be used in the competition process in order for the participants to remain anonymous.
Registration is open now. Applicants are encouraged to register as soon as possible in order to receive further details regarding the competition.
Final submission, uploading of audio/video file, and application fee to be submitted no later than June 1st, 2021.
Applicants will be randomly assigned to a group of auditionees to be reviewed by IMAC adjudicators. Judges will rank the applicants and provide written feedback for each participant. The highest rated applicants will advance to round two.
Round Two, and additional rounds as needed:
All round two applicants will then be assigned to a new group of auditionees to be reviewed by IMAC adjudicators. Judges will rank the applicants and provide written feedback for each participant. No IMAC judge will listen to the same candidate again until the final round. The competition will continue with advancing rounds until the total number of candidates is 10 or less. At that point, the competition will move to the final round.
The complete IMAC judging panel will listen to all of the finalist’s recordings. A combined tally of all the adjudicators' rankings will establish the winners. Every participant in the final round will receive written comments from the entire panel of IMAC judges.
At no point in the judging process will adjudicators have knowledge of the applicant's identities.
Results to be announced June 13, 2021
Prizes to be determined.
A live streamed concert (via YouTube or Facebook) will feature the winners of the competition.