Contest Rules and Registration

Open to students of bowed string, piano and wind instruments

       Saturday, February 8, 2020
Place:      Gary United Methodist Church
               224 N. Main Street
               Wheaton, IL 60187
Time:       9:00-4:00 PM

Please read the rules carefully.  Failure to comply with any rule may result in a contestant being disqualified and their award forfeited.
  1. Contestants must be in grades 6 through 12 for the wind, string and piano divisions, must be studying privately, and must reside or study in DuPage County or study with a teacher based in DuPage County.

  2. Contestants are required to play two contrasting pieces.  They may be different movements from one piece or two separate pieces.  They must be contrasting in styles or tempi.  Neither exercises nor teaching etudes are acceptable.  A concert etude is allowed.  Total playing time is not to exceed 10 minutes, including tuning and set up done in the contest room.

  3. String and piano players are required to play from memory.  Wind players will be given extra credit for memorization.  The numbered original of your music is required for the judge.

  4.  First and second place winners must agree to perform one of their contest pieces for the Winners Recital of the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Music Club on Sunday, March 15, 2020.

  5. An entrance fee of $25.00 is required of each contestant and is not refundable.  All applications must be postmarked by January 20, 2020.  Applications sent after this date must include a $10.00 late fee and no late application will be accepted if postmarked later than January 27, 2020.  Late applications and entrance fees will be returned if there are not contest times remaining when the application is received.

  6. No previous first place winner may re-enter in the same division.  However, a previous Junior Division winner may compete in the Senior Division when in grades 9-12.

  7.  Percussion, harp and guitar are not included in the contest.

  8. The following scholarships will be awarded:

    Junior Division bowed strings, winds, and piano
    (Grades 6-8)
         1st Place $350      2nd Place $200
    Senior Division bowed strings, winds, and piano (Grades 9-12)

         1st Place $500      2nd Place $350

  9. While the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Music Club attempts to accommodate a contestant's schedule, we reserve the right to schedule contestants as needed to accommodate the judges' schedules and available space.

  10. The Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Music Club reserves the right to drop or combine a division if there are less than three contestants in that division.  The GEWM Club reserves the right not to award a prize if the judge feels there is not a suitable winner.


Contestants have two options for registration:

  • If you are able to pay with PayPal: register online and pay online.
  • Otherwise, mail the contest application form and entrance fee. 
    See attachments below for a printable pdf of the contest application form and rules.
            Linda Smedinghoff,
            Oct 15, 2019, 12:56 PM
            Linda Smedinghoff,
            Oct 15, 2019, 12:56 PM