Applicants must download, fill out, and submit the Application Form (PDF).
Applicants will not be considered until the application fee of $95 is satisfied. The application fee is non-refundable and must be paid online.
How to Submit Materials
All application materials, including the preliminary round recording, must arrive on or before June 15.
Please send your application to:
Ball State University-Sursa American Organ Competition
School of Music
Hargreaves Music Building (MU) 203
Muncie, IN 47306
The first 60 entries to arrive before June 15th and that meet all of the requirements specified above, will be accepted as entries in the 2017 competition.
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The candidates who are selected at the end of this round will be invited to continue in the competition. Any selected candidates who decide not to take part in the competition must inform the competition administration (firstname.lastname@example.org) before July 3, 2017 or future applications will be dismissed.
Candidates should submit their recording as a CD-R, SD Card or memory stick. Encoding using WAV, Apple Lossless or High Quality MP3 is acceptable.
Each piece must be played in a continuous performance and must not be cut or edited. Any editing of the performance of a piece is forbidden and will disqualify the candidate. However, dividing the recording into tracks separating the pieces and movements is allowed and helpful.
Recordings must be made using a pipe organ. Different instruments may be used for each piece if preferred. Candidates must include a memo describing the stoplist of the instrument(s) on which the recording was made, but without indication of its location(s).
The judges will decide whether each applicant is invited to take part in the live competition rounds at Sursa Performance Hall on the strength of the recorded performance alone. It is in each applicant's interest to ensure that the recording is of the highest technical quality.
The recording must contain no spoken word or other acoustic marks. No name is to appear on the CD, SD card or memory stick. Candidates must include a declaration under oath that the candidate is really the interpreter of the recorded pieces. The recording must be placed in a blank (no name or any other reference-sign) envelope.