The Royal Conservatory Invites Piano Students to Share the Celebration

Share the Celebration!
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The Royal Conservatory of Music is challenging piano students across North America to present their best piano performances! We are inviting students to participate in our Share the Celebration: Celebration Series® Video Countdown for a chance to have their performances featured on The Conservatory’s website and social media channels (submission deadlines appear below.)

To take part, students record a video performance of one of twelve pieces from each level of our piano curriculum – Preparatory A through Level 10 – that will appear in the upcoming edition of the Celebration Series®. Once the pieces are memorized and the videos are recorded, students upload them to YouTube or Vimeo and share the URL via an online submission form. There is a limit of one video entry per person.

A selection committee will review the submitted videos and choose one at each level to be featured on The Royal Conservatory website and social media channels. A video will be posted weekly for the twelve weeks leading up to the official launch of the Celebration Series® in March 2015. 

To help prospective participants get started, we’ve compiled detailed tips for producing a great video!

Show Your Best Side

The performer and his/her hands must be visible within the frame at all times. To achieve this, position the camera either to the left or right of the performer when seated at the piano. Before recording, explore different positioning – such as angling or raising the height of the camera – to determine the placement you like best. The performance must be captured within one take, so you won’t be able to change the camera’s position once you’ve begun playing.

Brighten Up

Good lighting will ensure the selection panel can see the performance clearly. The simplest option is to film in a location flooded with natural light. If this isn’t possible, set up a light that shines towards the performer’s face. Avoid using a light source located behind the performer, as this will cast a shadow on his/her face and will produce a blurry video.

Avoid Noise Pollution

To achieve good-quality sound in your video, select a space that is quiet, avoiding any potential noise from household and outside sources. It is also important to minimize the amount of room echo, which can distort the quality of the sound. To achieve this, add soft surfaces to the room (e.g., rugs, blankets, and cushions and curtains). Take time to do some audio tests beforehand to ensure the varying dynamics of the performance are adequately captured by your device.

Submission Deadlines

Level

Deadline

Preparatory A – Level 3

Monday, December 15, 2014

Level 4 – Level 7

Monday, January 5, 2015

Level 8 – Level 10

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Any Questions?

If you need additional information or advice, please visit rcmusic.ca/celebration or contact videochallenge@rcmusic.ca or 1.800.461.6058 x350.   

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Share the Celebration!

What a great idea for a contest and way to promote the Celebration Series! It's been really a great experience for students across North America to see each others' performances and learn from each other. Best of luck to all participants!

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