Divisions and Repertoire Requirements

Sunday, November 17th, 2019, at the University of Illinois of Chicago

  • Senior (grades 9-12)
  • Junior (grades 6-8)
  • Elementary (grades 3-5)
  • Primary (grade 2 and younger)
  • All students must perform two pieces - one piece of his/her choice (performed from memory and without repeats; see below for further details) and one piece from the required repertoire list (music allowed). More information, including a list of the required pieces and purchasing information, can be found on our required repertoire page.
    • Piano division: one solo piece of the student's choice
    • Violin division: one piece for violin and piano or the first or third movement from any concerto
  • Students may compete in higher divisions than their normal group. Students must play the required piece appropriate for the division in which they will compete.
  • From each of the eight divisions the judges will select the student(s) with the best interpretation of his/her required repertoire. Each winner will receive an award (see below). These winners are selected independently of the overall winners.
  • Judges may not hear pieces in their entirety due to time constraints. Approximate time limits for contestants is as follows:
    • Senior division: 9 minutes
    • Junior division: 9 minutes
    • Elementary division: 6 minutes
    • Primary division: 6 minutes
  • Application fee ($50) and application must be submitted by 11:59pm CST October 31, 2019. Applications must be submitted using our online registration system. Application fees are non-refundable.
Additional Rules
  • One clean copy of the original music score and two clean photocopies must be provided for the judges. Contestants who fail to provide three total copies of the score will not be allowed to compete. Please number measures at the beginning of each line.
  • First prize winners may not compete in the same division in the following years.
  • All judges' decisions are final.
  • Prizes may not be awarded at the judges' discretion.
  • The competition will not provide an accompanist but can recommend pianists upon request. The contestant is responsible for arranging rehearsals and paying expenses for the accompanist.
  • Information regarding winners and the winners' concert will be announced immediately after the competition on this website and in the Korea Times Chicago.
  • Senior division: first ($500), second ($400), third ($300),
    best interpretation of Korean music ($300)
  • Junior division: first ($300), second ($200), third ($100),
    best interpretation of Korean music ($100)
  • Elementary division: first ($150), second ($100), third ($75),
    best interpretation of Korean music ($75)
  • Primary division: first ($100), second ($75), third ($50),
    best interpretation of Korean music ($50)
  • Winners may additionally be contacted for future performance opportunities.
Sponsoring Organizations
  • Korea Times of Chicago (co-host)
  • Doosan Yonkang Foundation
  • Seoul National University Alumni Association in Chicago Area
  • University of Illinois at Chicago


Please feel free to email any questions to sejong@sejongculturalsociety.org.