The Claudette Sorel Piano Competition

Sunday, February 26, 2017
Mason Hall


Registration Deadline: January 15 EXTENDED TO January 22
Notifications sent to finalists by January 22 January 29

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. (Note: You will not be able to upload your video directly to your application, we need the link to the video). You will also need to provide a short biography (100 word limit), and answer two short questions: Why are you passionate about the piano? What composers do you like to perform?

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.

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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 competition will begin at noon on February 26, 2017. Each finalist will play a 15 minute recital in the acclaimed Juliet J. Rosch Recital Hall. This performance will be open to the public. A reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. to give the finalists the chance to receive feedback from the judges. The winners will be announced at the reception.

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, and Phyllis East.


1st Prize: $2,500 cash prize and a 30-minute recording studio time with sound recording technician.

All finalists will receive a recording of the competition

Additional $1,500 in Sorel cash prizes awarded:
Best J.S. Bach Performance
Best Performance of a Contemporary Composition
Most Creative Programming



School of Music Office

Mason Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3151
(716) 673-3154 fax