The Claudette Sorel Piano Competition

2018 Competition Dates Just Announced!

Final Round: Saturday, November 3, 2018

Juliet J. Rosch Recital Hall - Fredonia School of Music

Stay tuned for details on how to apply!

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Final Round: Saturday, November 3, 2018

Juliet J. Rosch Recital Hall - Mason Hall

School of Music - State University of New York at Fredonia


Registration Deadline: TBA


The Claudette Sorel Piano Competition is open to pianists from any country, ages 15-18*.  

*NOTE: Students currently enrolled at the State University of New York at Fredonia are ineligible to apply for this competition.

To register you will need:

  • a high-quality video of a performance of a piece you are passionate about between 5 and 8 minutes in length, uploaded to youtube, vimeo, or another video sharing site. Video and audio quality matters. All music must be performed from memory. (Note: You will not be able to upload your video directly to your application; we need the link to the video).
  • a short biography (100 word limit), which may be used in competition promotions and/or printed program.
  • answers to two short questions: Why are you passionate about the piano? What composers do you like to perform? (again, your answers may be used in promotional content and/or printed program. Please provide thoughtful answers).
  • Photo/video release

Note: We recommend that you prepare your answers in a word processing program and then copy paste them into the registration form. You will not be able to save your work on our registration form to come back at a later time. The entire form must be completed and submitted in one session.

Contestants selected for the FINAL ROUND will be asked to prepare a recital program of 15 minutes, to perform live for a panel of judges and public audience on November 3, 2018 in the Juliet J. Rosch Recital Hall on the Fredonia campus. The repertoire choice is left to the participants' discretion but should demonstrate an idea, a passion, or a theme. Previous examples include a favorite composer, period, a thematic connection such as sonata form, etc. We ask you to answer the following questions and note that these answers will be printed in the competition's program. The FINAL ROUND will be live-streamed. Finalists will also be asked to submit a quality headshot (does NOT need to be professional, but should be high resolution) for promotional use.

Registration coming soon!


Please add a description of this image.The Claudette Sorel Piano Competition at Fredonia is open to young artists ages 15-18 who are passionate about piano performance and repertoire. If selected as a finalist for the competition, participants are asked to prepare a program of no longer than 15 minutes that demonstrates an artistic vision, such as works of a specific composer, known or unknown, a thematic connection between works, an original way of presenting the music, etc.

The final round will take place on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Each finalist will play a 15 minute recital in the acclaimed Juliet J. Rosch Recital Hall. This performance will be open to the public, and will be live-streamed. Winners will be announced after a short meeting of the judges, and a reception will follow. 

The competition is named for pianist and SUNY Distinguished Professor Claudette Sorel and is supported by a foundation she founded. The Sorel Organization intends to create opportunities for women in composition, conducting, piano, voice and film scoring and to keep musical excellence alive while expanding the boundaries for women in music.

Judges for this competition will include: Eliran Avni, Mary Cobb, Fr. Sean Duggan, Phyllis East, and Anne Kissel.

2017 PRIZES  (note: 2018 Prizes will be announced soon!)

First Prize:

  • $2,500 cash prize
  • plus, an hour-long recording session in Rosch Recital Hall (on date specified by Fredonia School of Music) with sound engineer. Winner will prepare one piece, approximately 5-8 minutes in length, to perform for live recording, with some editing possible.  Winner will receive audio files of finished recorded work.

Additional $1,250 in Sorel cash prizes will be awarded, at the discretion of the judges.  (Examples of previous awards have included: best performance of a contemporary work, most creative programming, best Beethoven performance, etc).  Each year, judges determine special awards based on performances in the final round of competition.  Judges' decisions are final.


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