Monday, October 1, 2018

Crescendo International Competition in Pennsylvania and Around the World

We are pleased to announce that Crescendo International Competitions has finally arrived in Pennsylvania!

The first competition will be the Crescendo International Music Competition (ages 5-21) held on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at Cairn University in Langhorne, and Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Jacobs Music in Center City Philadelphia. Students pick one day to audition. The 1st and 2nd place Winners’ Recitals will be held in Carnegie Hall in early 2019. 

The second competition will be the Little Mozarts Music Competition (ages 3-14) held on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at Jacobs Music in Doylestown. 1st and 2nd place Winners’ Recitals will be held in Carnegie Hall in Spring 2019.

Students can audition for either competition with one piece on any musical instrument, up to 6 minutes in length. In order to make Crescendo Competitions in PA a success in its first year, we ask that you send us a preliminary plan of 1) the number of students you are planning to send to each competition, 2) which locations you will attend, and 3) which instruments your students will audition on (e.g. piano, violin, cello, flute, voice, etc). This preliminary information is due October 1, 2018 to The final official deadline for submission of the full application is November 1, 2018.  

More detailed information is available on the website at For additional inquiries, you can text us at 267-334-2729 or email

We welcome Crescendo to Pennsylvania and are looking forward to making new friends!

Here is more detailed information about the entire competition:

We are delighted to announce that Crescendo International Music Competition 2018-2019 is now open for registration.  

Please refer to the competition web site at for more detailed information. 
For teachers and students in Pennsylvania, you can contact the director of Crescendo Competitions in PA, Olga Bondarchuk-Huque at 267-334-1787 or

Our mission is to inspire individuals to pursue their passion for music through involvement in competitions, master classes and other educational programs. Crescendo’s vision of placing Teachers and Students at the center of the process distinguishes us from other music competitions. 

We believe that the expert in anything was once a beginner. And young musicians need Encouragement, Inspiration and Motivation. 

Our objective is not simply to select the best musicians, but to reward those who demonstrate a passion for music and show considerable progress, talent and unwavering dedication.

Since our first event held in 2007 our programs have grown tremendously and we have been getting numerous thank you letters from parents, teachers and contestants.  As the name suggests, Crescendo Competitions is gradually growing louder and stronger thanks to your support and dedication to music education.

This year we have added three new audition locations, two in Pennsylvania and one in Seoul, Korea.

 Auditions will be held at the following locations and dates:

1. USA, NJ - November 11, 2018 at Westminster Conservatory at Rider University, 101 Walnut Lane, Princeton NJ 08540
2. USA, NJ - November 25, 2018 at Caldwell University, 120 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, NJ, 07006
3. USA, NY - November 18, 2018 at "244 Rehearsal studios" at 244 West 54th Street, Manhattan, New York, NY 10019
4. NEW: USA, PA - November 18, 2018 at Cairn University, Music building, 200 Manor Avenue, Langhorne, PA 19047
5. NEW: USA, PA - December 02, 2018  at Jacobs Music, 1718 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
6. USA, MA - November 18, 2018 at Sharon Music Academy, 112 North Main Street, Sharon, MA 02067
7. USA, MI - November 17, 2018 at  Music department of Madonna University, 36600 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia, MI 48150
8. USA, WA - November 18, 2018 at Chopin Academy of Music, 58 Front Street N, Suite 200, Issaquah, WA 98027
9. USA, CA - November 18, 2019 at  Pacific Institute of Music, 540 Plaza Dr Suite 130, Folsom, CA 95630
10. Canada, BC - November 22-25, 2018 at Tom Lee Music City Stage, 728 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
11. Canada, ON - November 24, 2018 at Euromusic Centre, 2651 John Street, Unit 8, Markham, Ontario, Canada L3R 2W5
12. Canada, ON - November 16, 2018 at Steinway Piano Gallery Ottawa, 1481 Innes Rd, Gloucester, ON K1B 1C5
13. Canada, AB - November 16, 2018 at Steinway Piano Gallery Calgary, 76 Heritage Gate SE, Calgary, AB T2H 3A7
14. Canada, QC - December 2, 2018 at Université de Montréal, Location de la salle Jean-Papineau-Couture (B-421)
15. NEW: Seoul, Korea - December 1, 2018 at ABRSM Korea Centre 716 Eonjuro Gangnam-gu Seoul Korea 06058 (ABRSM 한국센터  (06058) 서울시 강남구 언주로 716)
16. Italy, Padua - November 12-14, 2018 at Padua Conservatory, Via Eremitani 18, 35121 Padova PD, Italy

Deadline for applications is November 1, 2018.  No applications will be accepted after November 10, 2018.

Winner's recitals (second round) traditionally will be held in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on following dates:

• January 12, 2019 (11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM);
• January 13, 2019 (12:30 PM, 4:30 PM);
• January 19, 2019 (11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM);
• January 20, 2019 (12:30 PM, 4:30 PM);
• January 26, 2019 (11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM);
• January 27, 2019 (12:30 PM, 4:30 PM);
• February  9, 2019 (11:30 AM, 3:30 PM, 7:30 PM);
• February 10, 2019 (12:30 PM, 4:30 PM);
• February 17, 2019 (12:30 PM, 4:30 PM).

Winners of the 2018-2019 Crescendo competition are eligible to participate in the Student Exchange Program which will be held in Germany, Austria or Japan.

For your convenience we have launched a new on-line registration system where all participants will register, apply for auditions, get results and register for recitals.  Applications are accepted on our main website - look for the blue “Apply Now” button, or you can go directly to and start there.

The new system requires users to register as a Teacher, a Parent or an Independent Student.  Each user gets a profile to apply for auditions, track audition results and register winners for recitals by their choice.  Teachers and Parents add students to their profile and manage all aspects of the competition for their students.  Students that register as independent or are made independent by teachers manage themselves.  

Once you register please be sure to look for email notifications from in your email box, add it to your email address book to ensure messages are delivered to your Inbox.

Wishing you and your students a successful 2018-2019 season!

Brief instructions how to register to the competition:
1. Go to , and click the blue “Apply now” button.
2. You will be taken to our new signup and registration system.  Once there click the “Sign Up” button in the right upper corner.
3. Choose how would you like to register: as a teacher, a parent or as an independent student. Teachers may add as many students as they want and register them for the competitions. If a teacher will decides that the student should apply to the recitals on their own the teacher can separate the student’s profile by pressing the “set as independent” button. Parents don’t have that option.
4. Fill out the registration form and press “Register”. Your profile will be created. Please go to your email box and find an email from with your login and temporary password. You may change the password later.
5. Go to and click the “Sign In” button in the upper right corner and enter your login information.
6. Click “Add student” and fill out the fields with student information. Optional - if your student studies another instrument with a different teacher you may add that teacher too.
7. Apply the student for auditions of your choice by pressing “Register for Competition” button at the lower left corner or “Auditions” button on the main menu bar at the top of the page.
8. Fill out the audition registration form.
9. Participants may apply for auditions as many times as they like for solo and/or ensemble performances.  One composition performed at one audition location is considered one entry.
10. Choose the payment option: you may choose to pay on-line or send a check (once the check is received an administrator will mark your application as “paid” in your profile)
11. Your auditions information will be available in “Auditions and Payment” on the main menu bar at the top of the page.
12. The time of the audition will be assigned to your audition application in your profile at least 1 week prior the audition.
13. Audition results will be uploaded to your profile within 1 week after the auditions. You will receive an email with audition results and personalized links to register for a recital of the second round, reserve the tickets and pay the recital fee.


Crescendo International Competition Committee

Crescendo International Music Competition is a non-commercial non-profit organization registered in the USA under IRS code 501(c)(3) which operates since 2007 exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.


Westminster and Rider October Events

Westminster College of the Arts and Rider University Present Their October Events

*****Rider University Art Gallery: Mel Leipzig


On Display Wednesday, September 26 through Friday, October 26, 2018
Rider University Art Gallery, Bart Luedeke Center
Rider University
Admission is Free

*****Broadcast WWFM: Sounds Choral
Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 2:00PM
Gabriel Crouch peaks with Joe Miller about Westminster Choir's new recording: Frank Martin: Mass for Double Choir

*****Westminster Conservatory Faculty Recital

Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 3:00PM
Beethoven for Three, Four, and Five
Westminster Conservatory faculty performs works by the Romantic master for trio, quartet, and quintet
Hillman Performance Hall
Westminster Choir College
Admission is Free

*****Rider Musical Theater
Rogers and Hammerstein's 1943 Musical
Preview - Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 7:30PM
Performances - Thursday, October 11-Sunday, October 14, 2018
Yvonne Theater
Rider University
Admission is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and non-Rider students

Box Office - 609-896-7775

*****Westminster Symphonic Choir: Romantic Reveries
An evening of arias and choruses by Romantic composers
Performed by Westminster Symphonic Choir, Westminster Festival Orchestra, Soprano Justine Aronson, Conductor Joe Miller
Tickets are $35 adults, $25 students and seniors

Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 8:00PM
Princeton Meadow Church and Event Center
545 Meadow Road
Princeton, NJ  08540 

*****Visiting Artist: Stephen Buzard

Concert organist and Director of Music at St. James Cathedral, Chicago

Monday, October 15, 2018 at 8:00PM
Princeton University Chapel
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ  08544

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
2:30-4:00PM - Master Class in Bristol Chapel
Westminster Choir College
101 Walnut Lane 
Princeton, NJ  08540

6:30-8:30PM - Sacred Music Lab, Bristol Chapel
Westminster Choir College
101 Walnut Lane
Princeton, NJ  08540

Admission is free for all events!
Box Office - 609-921-2663

For more info and Mr. Buzard's bio, please visit:

*****Westminster Conservatory at Nassau
The House of Life
Timothy Urban, baritone and Kathy Shanklin, piano
Ralph Vaughan-Williams' The House of Life, a song cycle on poetry of Dante Gabriel Rosetti

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 12:15PM

Niles Chapel
Nassau Presbyterian Church
61 Nassau Street Princeton, NJ  08540

Admission is Free

*****Westminster Conservatory Faculty Recital - First Sonatas
AnnaLotte Smith, piano, performs the first-published sonatas of Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Prokofiev
Mozart: KV 279 in C Major
Beethoven: Opus number 1 in F Minor
Brahms: Opus 1 in C Major
Prokofiev: Opus 1 in F Minor

Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 3:00PM

Bristol Chapel
Westminster Choir College
101 Walnut Lane
Princeton, NJ  08540

Admission is Free!

*****Westminster Community Orchestra: Halloween!
Halloween-themed program with decorations and family friendly atmosphere

Westminster Community Orchestra, Conductor Ruth Ochs

Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 3:00PM
Robert L. Annis Playhouse, Westminster Choir College
101 Walnut Lane
Princeton, NJ 08540

Admission is $15 adults, $10 students and seniors

*****Westminster Schola Cantorum - Faure's Requiem, John Tavener's Funeral Ikos, Geistliches Lied, Op. 30 and other works
Fall Concert, Conductor James Jordan
Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 7:30PM
Bristol Chapel, Westminter Choir College
101 Walnut Lane
Princeton, NJ  08540

Admission is $20 adult, $15 students and seniors

Box office: 609-921-2663