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Registration for the Winners Recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, at Marc A. Scorca Hall at National OPERA America, and at Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center is subject to availability and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applicants who have successfully passed the audition participate in the Winners Recitals. The Winners Recitals of the first and second place winners take place at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, at Marc A. Scorca Hall at National OPERA America, at Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center, and live online via Zoom or Microsoft Teams due to COVID-19 world pandemic restrictions and safety. The Winners Recitals will take place from February through April 2022.

The Winners Recitals of the first and second place winners will take place at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on the following dates:

  • Sunday, 6 February 2022 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 19 February 2022 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, 20 February 2022 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, 27 February 2022 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 5 March 2022 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 16 April 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

Carnegie Hall Announced 2021-2022 Season, Reopening to the General Public in October 2021. Everyone coming to Carnegie Hall will be required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) in order to enter the building. According to the Carnegie Hall’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy posted on its website, Carnegie Hall is unable to welcome any attendees under the age of 12 who are not vaccinated. Masks are required.

January 4, 2022 - Update: Carnegie Hall is considering whether boosters will be required. Should this requirement become mandatory, Carnegie Hall will inform us. Everyone is encouraged to receive their booster as soon as they are eligible.

January 13, 2022 - Update: Given the recent surge and prolonged nature of the pandemic, Carnegie Hall announced that, as of February 14, 2022, everyone coming to Carnegie Hall will be required to show proof of full vaccination as well as proof that they are fully up-to-date on CDC-recommended boosters, based on their eligibility. This update to Carnegie Hall’s protocols is being made based on the advice of the leading medical and public health experts with whom Carnegie Hall has been working this season. Those not yet eligible for a booster will be able to continue to enter so long as they can show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 (at least two weeks have elapsed since the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or a single dose of a one-dose vaccine). For those who are eligible for a booster, but have not received one, Carnegie Hall will allow a two-week grace period to schedule and receive the booster upon becoming eligible. After the two-week grace period has passed, entry will not be allowed until the booster has been received. As of January 12, 2022, Carnegie Hall’s specific booster requirements are:

  • Pfizer (for individuals age 12+): Booster must be administered five months after completing primary two-dose vaccination series.
  • Moderna (for individuals age 18+): Booster must be administered five months after completing primary two-dose vaccination series.
  • Johnson and Johnson (18+): Booster must be administered two months after completing primary one-dose vaccination.

Carnegie Hall recommends consulting the CDC website for the most up-date guidelines on booster eligibility.

It is mandatory that all stage participants must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to the event load-in time.

February 11, 2022 - Update: New PCR Testing Guidelines will be in effect beginning February 14, 2022:

  • Performers who wish to remain masked while on stage are not required to PCR test.
  • Performers who wish to remove the mask while on stage are required to PCR test.
  • Participants who perform winds, brass, voice or speaking from the stage are required to PCR test regardless of mask wearing.

The Winners Recitals of the first and second place winners will take place at Marc A. Scorca Hall at National OPERA America in Manhattan, New York City on:

  • Sunday, 27 March 2022 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, 27 March 2022 at 3:00 p.m.

As of December 14, all guests 5 years or older are required to show proof of one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine with matching identification when visiting the National Opera Center. As of December 27, all guests 12 years or older will be required to show proof they have received two vaccine doses, except for those who have received the one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Masks are required.

The Winners Recitals of the first and second place winners will take place at Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center in Manhattan, New York City on:

  • Saturday, 5 March 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9 April 2022 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 9 April 2022 at 5:30 p.m.

All guests must wear a mask properly at all times while in the building. Audience members age 12 and older will need to be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO approved vaccine and must show proof of vaccination along with a government-issued photo ID. Audience members ages 5 to 11 must have at least one dose of an FDA or WHO approved vaccine. For audience members ages 5 to 11 who do not have a government-issued ID and must show proof of vaccination along with a government-issued photo ID, their identity can be verified by a parent or guardian upon entry. All performers must provide a negative result from a Covid test (PCR or antigen) taken within 72 hours of the performance start time. The lab results must have the person’s name, date it was administered, and result. At-home tests are not acceptable.

Visit respective venue's website for the up to date COVID-19 information.

The Winners Recitals of the first and second place winners will take place live online via Zoom or Microsoft Teams on the following dates:

  • Sunday, 6 March 2022 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Sunday, 13 March 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Sunday, 20 March 2022 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Sunday, 3 April 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Sunday, 10 April 2022 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Sunday, 24 April 2022 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time

The deadline for registering for the Winners Recitals is January 10, 2022.

A recital fee for the events at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, and National OPERA America according to the fee schedule below must be submitted via PayPal or Zelle® or by regular mail to Elite Music Competition Corporation by the registration deadline:

  • Solo Performances: $249
  • Duet Performances: $329
  • Trio Performances: $369
  • Ensemble of four or more members: $125 per each performer

The recital fee is not refundable and includes four (4) tickets for solo performances, five (5) tickets for duet performances, six (6) tickets for trio performances, eight (8) tickets for ensembles of 4 or more members, and award certification.

The following ticket policy is applicable to the events to be taken place at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall and may be subject to change: The tickets are available for pickup under the performer’s name at the Box Office one (1) hour prior to the beginning of the scheduled recital. Tickets can be purchased at $50 each at the Box Office one (1) hour prior to each event. Additional tickets can be reserved under the performer’s name and must be paid for at regular price by a personal check or money order no later than 5 calendar days prior to the recital by contacting Elite Music Competition Corporation. The reserved tickets are available for pickup at the Box Office one (1) hour prior to the recital. Unpaid reserved tickets will be released for general sale if your payment is not received by Elite Music Competition Corporation 5 calendar days prior to the event. 

The Winners Recitals of the third place winners will be held live online via Zoom or Microsoft Teams. The deadline for registering for the Winners Recitals is January 10, 2022. A recital fee in the amount of $120 must be submitted via PayPal or Zelle® or by regular mail by the registration deadline.

Participants must perform one composition under six (6) minutes from the Baroque, or Classical, or Romantic, or Contemporary periods from standard repertoire. One movement of Sonatina, Sonata, or Concerto is considered as one piece. Arrangements, simplified or modified editions, popular music, or non-classical music are not accepted. Repeats are not allowed. Extra performance time of up to one minute can be accepted for the Winners Recital with an additional fee of $100 and only with the prior approval of Elite International Music Competition. The participants may not change the chosen repertoire performed at the time of the audition and all repertoire must be performed from memory. Participants must bring their own piano accompanist. Elite International Music Competition does not provide piano accompanists.

In order to be eligible to receive award certification, the qualified participants must perform at the Winners Recitals and may not leave the recital until its conclusion unless special arrangements are made with the administration of Elite International Music Competition prior to the recital. The Certificates are granted only to the performing winners after the Winners Recital.

While we understand that you may want to memorialize your visit to Carnegie Hall, the use of photography, sound, or video recording devices in any area of the premises, without the written permission of the management, is prohibited by law. The restriction applies to any area of the premises—including the house, backstage, catering areas, and dressing rooms—at all times, including site visits, rehearsals, performances, etc. Anyone observed using or possessing this equipment may have their equipment confiscated, may be asked to leave the premises, and/or may be liable for costs.

You may request your participant be photographed by a professional photographer approved by the Public Relations office by completing the Photo Order Form and following the instructions printed on the form. Photography services are provided by a third party. All inquiries regarding the photography services should be addressed to the photographer. Elite Music Competition Corporation neither accepts nor processes any orders for photography. All documentation and correspondence regarding the photography services sent to Elite Music Competition Corporation will be returned to the sender without processing.

If you would like your participant be photographed and featured in our marketing and promotional materials including, but not limited to, appearing in the photo gallery on our World Wide Web site, please consider granting your consent by signing the release statement printed on the Registration for the Winners Recital Form.

Formal business attire for the performers is required for all venues and online performances .

Live Online Winners Recitals via Zoom or Microsoft Teams

The performers or their parents/legal guardians, if the performer is a minor, must be able to connect to a live virtual video recital from their desktop or laptop computers and use a webcam and microphone. The repertoire requirements are the same as those listed above. The live online recital fee is $120.

If you received a confirmation letter from us with your eligibility to participate in the Winners Recitals of the first, second, or third place honors and would like to register, please fill out the Winners Recital Registration Form and either:

  • Submit the completed form online and pay the required recital fee in the amount shown above via PayPal or Zelle® (for individuals with a U.S.-based bank account only); OR
  • Submit the completed form online, receive a confirmation email from us for your submission, and mail a copy of the confirmation along with your personal check, or certified check, or money order in the amount shown above to Elite Music Competition Corp. Please do not use certified mail. Your personal check, or certified check, or money order must be in U.S. dollars, drawn on a U.S. bank, and made payable to Elite Music Competition Corp.

NOTE: In order to send your payment via Zelle® it is critical that our email address info@elitemusiccompetition.org is entered correctly as the recipient. If there is a typo, Elite Music Competition Corp. will not receive your payment. Please ensure that the performer’s name is entered in the Memo Field. Payment will not be processed without the performer’s name. We recommend confirming with your bank or credit union Zelle® availability and that there are no additional fees or transaction limits.