DIGITAL-ONLY CONTENT: A conversation with Pamela Mia Paul, pre-screening jurist for the 2017 Cliburn Competition.

Pamela Mia Paul
During January and February of 2017, five jurors traveled the world to choose the 30 finalists for the Cliburn competition. The initial screeners, Lydia Artymiw, Anton Nel, and Angela Cheng, read applications and listened to online videos from 290 initial applicants! That team pared the list down to 146. The pre-screening jury, consisting of Dmitri...
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Writing a great critique

The written critique is the single most important responsibility of an MMTA judge. It provides the student with a tangible record of the audition and it may affect and influence the student's development for years to come.   A great critique is nurturing A great critique is always respectful and kind. Set a positive tone by including positive ...
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Procedures and protocols for hiring an evaluator

In groups as large, active, and diverse as most state and local music teacher organizations, the task of hiring an evaluator is one that circulates among different members. While I'm aware that the terms adjudicator and/or judge are probably used more often than evaluator, they are all one and the same. My personal preference is evaluator, as I bel...
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To judge and be judged

Teachers should always strive to provide positive and successful music experiences for their students. Within the walls of the teaching studio, it is much easier to create these experiences—the environment and people involved are familiar, and the teacher has more control of outcomes. However, this is not the case when students leave the studi...
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The drama and desperation of the world's most famous piano competition

Eight years ago, someone in Tel Aviv slid a letter under the hotel room door of Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky. A professor in the piano department at Juilliard, Kaplinsky was in Tel Aviv as a juror for the Rubinstein International Piano Competition. The other jurors received the same letter. When she opened the envelope, she was horrified. The letter attac...
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Diverse and above suspicion: Creative juror selection for the future

It's a good thing I wasn't planning a leisurely Sunday coffee and croissant. June 9 was the last day of the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and, as a visiting critic, my afternoon and evening were packed with activity. The last finals round finished around 5:30 p.m. I hotfooted it ten blocks to my hotel room, wrote a blog p...
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Competitions: Pinnacles and Pitfalls - An interview with Daniel Pollack

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A prizewinner in the first Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition (1958), Daniel Pollack was invited, following the competition, for a two-month concert tour throughout the Soviet Union, becoming the first American to record on the Soviet Melodya label. Over the next several decades many recordings followed, all of which sold in the millions a...
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Views: How Do You Counsel a Student Who Receives an Adjudication Report that Conflicts with Your Teaching?

from the series:The World Around Us: News and Views Helen Smith Tarchalski, Editor Serendipity? Just as I prepared for this issue of Keyboard Companion, one of my high school students received an adjudication report that stopped me in my tracks: "... Although it was an excellent performance I would have liked to hear more focused sound at time...
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