International Competition

Welcome to International Music Competition page!
In the General Information page, please find the information about the competition and all the key dates for audition, recital and other events.

General Information

Crescendo International Music Competition is a musical competition held annually for our youth. From November 2017 to February 2018 we will be holding competitions in various establishments throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, California, Canada, Europe and Asia.


Crescendo International Music Competition is open to all instrumentalists (Piano, Strings and Winds), duets, ensembles and vocalists ages 5-22.

Dependent on skill level, contestants will be placed in one of three competing categories: Junior, Intermediate or Advanced.

Contestants will be grouped according to their age as of November1, 2017.




•  One selection of Baroque, Classical, Romantic or Modern work must be chosen and performed from memory (Arrangements, simplified editions, popular music and/or non-classical music from method books are not acceptable).

•   No changes in the submitted repertoire may be made once a contestant is admitted.

•   Performance time should not exceed 6 minutes. Fines of $100 will be charged for each additional minute in accordance to Carnegie Hall regulations.


First round. Audition.


Auditions will be held at the following audition centers:

   1. November 19, 2017 at Caldwell University, 120 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, NJ, 07006; Deadline for Application submission October 30, 2017;
   2. December 3, 2017 at Westminster Conservatory at Rider University, 101 Walnut Lane, Princeton NJ 08540; Deadline for Application submission October 30, 2017;
   3. November 19, 2017 -  at  Pacific Institute of Music, 540 Plaza Dr Suite 130, Folsom, CA 95630;


  • First Place Honor

  • Second Place Honor

  • Third Place Honor

  • Honorable mention

PRIZES (monetary grants).

Cash reward fund of Crescendo International Competition now over $50,000.

  • Grand Prize $5,000
  • First Prize $3,000
  • Second Prize $1,000
  • Third Prize $500
  • Additionally, 1000 Cash prizes will be awarded to "Best Performance" within the performer's respective age group,