Statement about keyboard accompaniment
After careful consideration of the accompaniment requirements for the 2021 Norma Hooks Young Artist Competition (bassoon) and Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Competition (oboe), we have decided to eliminate the accompaniment requirement for the preliminary round.
What does this mean?
All recordings submitted with the preliminary round application should be recorded with no keyboard accompaniment.
Why was this decided?
The situation with the global pandemic has been complicated, hard to predict, and ever developing. We understand the logistical and safety concerns many musicians might face if accompaniment was required for the competitions during the global pandemic. Therefore, after significant discussion, we believe it is most equitable for all applicants to record without accompaniment for the preliminary round. This will not affect the final round performances in July, which are expected to be performed with accompaniment.
Is accompaniment optional for the preliminary round? May I submit my recording with accompaniment?
No. In order to be fair and equitable, all submissions must not include accompaniment for the preliminary round.
What if I already recorded it with accompaniment?
We apologize for the inconvenience, but all recordings must be without accompaniment.
Will accompaniment be required for the final round in July?
At this time, we anticipate requiring accompaniment for the final round to take place in July in Colorado. We will continue to monitor the situation with the global pandemic and make decisions as things progress.