Rules & Regulations

Forte International President's Cup is an annual winter event open to instrumentalists (piano, strings, woodwinds, brass) and vocalists of all nationalities, ages 4 and above.



Please review all Rules & Regulations on this page and then follow instructions on how to enter the competition on the Registration page, which will also contain a link to the Entry Form, as well as information about the registration fee, deadline, and any other details.


Please note that all entry fees are non-refundable and are quoted in USD. Forte International does not account or have any liability for any participants' bank fees and charges that may be levied as a result of currency conversion, foreign exchange transaction, or non-sufficient funds (NSF) transaction. If a check bounces due to account closed, stop payment, fraudulent, or NSF status you will be required to pay the full face amount plus $30 penalty fee, in addition to any charges imposed by the participating bank or institution.


Please be advised that all deadlines are due by 11:59 PM New York time. Also, no late entries will be accepted after the pre-advertised late period. If there are any changes to the program these changes to the program must be communicated by the late fee deadline and must be accompanied with a $30 late fee.


Also, international competitors, competitors who don’t reside in the tri-state area, and other competitors who cannot participate in the Preliminary Round and/or Semi-Final Round in person may upload a recorded video of their performance on http://www.youtube.com and specify a link in the Entry Form. NOTE: Studio recording and pitch correction is NOT allowed. The video recording cannot be older than two month prior to submission of the Entry Form. The video recording, entry form, and registration fee must be all received by the appropriate deadline.


International competitors attending Preliminary/Semi-Final rounds in person and requiring a Visa to enter United States are required to provide a link to a video recording of performance during the registration process.



  • Petite   (4 - 7)
  • Junior  (8 - 11)   
  • Teen   (12 - 14)   
  • Senior (15 - 18)   
  • Adult  (19 and over)

Note: Age category is determined with an age of the competitor as of the date of the Preliminary Round. If requested, proof of age MUST be provided for each competitor.



Repertoire categories:

Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary, Impressionism
Opera/Operetta, Broadway, Musical Theater, Jazz


3.1 Preliminary Round

The repertoire should include one original composition (no transpositions or arrangements of the composer's original work allowed). It must be performed from memory and cannot exceed 5 minutes. The performance will be stopped and score reduced if the competitor exceeds the allotted time.


3.2 Semi-Final Round

The repertoire should include one original composition (no transpositions or arrangements of the composer's original work allowed), which is different from the composition presented during the Preliminary Round. It must be performed from memory and cannot exceed 5 minutes. The performance will be stopped and score reduced if the competitor exceeds the allotted time. 


3.3 Final Round

The top competitors, based on their average score from the Preliminary and Semi-Final rounds, within each age category are selected to move on to the Final Round of the competition. 

If you qualify to move on to the Final Round of the competition your repertoire should include either (a) one of the two compositions presented during the Preliminary or Semi-Final Round that has received the highest score from the judges or (b) the composition that the judges suggest to perform. You will receive an email listing the composition that was selected for you by the judges and this is the piece you must perform during the Final Round. It must be performed from memory and cannot exceed 5 minutes. The performance will be stopped and score reduced if the competitor exceeds the allotted time.

Competitors are also required to submit a participation fee, as outlined on the Final Round page, and participate in person during the Final Round of the competition. Please see the Final Round page for more details.



Each judge will evaluate the competitors on a number of criteria, such as range, artistic ability, technique, interpretation, phrasing and presence, among others, and will assign a combined score. The scores from all judges will then be averaged and the average score will be used to determine the level.  

Please note that the decision of the judges is final. The scoring sheets with the judges’ feedback will be returned to the performers or teachers, if present.



All participants will receive certificates at the conclusion of each round of the competition. The following prizes and awards may be presented to competitors/teachers at the Awards Ceremony at the conclusion of the Final Round.

Note: Competitors must be present during the Awards Ceremony to receive awards and evaluation forms from judges as they will not be sent by mail.


President's Cup Trophy and a free entry into the Final Round of the Forte International Music Competition at Carnegie Hall (estimated value of $200)

This award will be presented to one competitor with the best musical, technical and artistic ability across all age categories. President's Cup award winner is not eligible to receive 1st prize award.


1st Prize Award and cash prize in the amount of $70

This award will be presented to the highest scoring competitor in each age category.


Medal & Certificate of Achievement Award

All competitors reaching the Final Round will receive a Medal & Certificate of Achievement Award.


Teacher Awards

The teachers of the performers at the Final Round will be recognized with a Certificate of Excellence and one teacher will be selected to receive the Best Teacher award.

Note: In order to qualify for this award the name of the teacher must be provided in the Entry Form during registration.


All awards and prizes will be awarded unless there is an insufficient number of eligible participants in a particular category or the judges determine that the quality of the competitor’s performance does not warrant a prize/award. If there is a tie for a President's Cup Award, the scores from the prior round(s) will be used to determine the winner. If there is still a tie, the President of Forte International reserves the right to determine the winner. Prizes and awards are non-assignable / non-transferable. Cash awards are paid in USD, currency conversions to local currency are at winner's expense at the time of conversion. All federal, state, provincial, autonomous, and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners. 



Forte International does not provide an accompanist at this time. Therefore, please make your own arrangements if you require one. The use of a recorded CD music background in place of using an accompanist is not allowed.



Competitors are responsible for their own as well as their accompanists’ travel and accommodation expenses.



Proper dress attire is required. So, please NO dress shorter than a knee level, jeans, sneakers, tennis shoes, keds, flip flops, open-toe shoes, shorts, tank tops, or t-shirts.



Please note that photography and videotaping is strictly prohibited during the competition. However, you may order a photo/video of the performance from the Forte International by going to Photo/Video page of the website, once available.



By submitting an entry form, each entrant, parent or legal guardian (if such entrant is a minor) authorizes the use of competitor's name, photo, audio and/or video recording for the publicity and advertisement purposes related to the competition by the Forte International.



Forte International Music Competition and Festivals, Corp. (referred to as Forte International) is not responsible for and shall not be held liable for (a) lost, late, delayed, damaged, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, or misdirected entries; (b) telephone, electronic, hardware or software program, network, Internet, or computer malfunctions, failures, or difficulties of any kind; (c) failed, incomplete, partial, garbled, or delayed computer transmissions; (d) any condition caused by events beyond the control of the Forte International Music Competition and Festivals that may cause the competition to be disrupted; (e) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the competition; (f) any claims, suits, actions, liabilities, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind in connection with the competition or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of any prizes and awards. 


By entering this competition, each entrant, parent or legal guardian (if such entrant is a minor) agrees to accept these rules and be bound by the decisions of Forte International, its judges and staff, which are final and binding in all matters.


All rules and regulations are governed by the laws of the State of New York and are subject to change without notice.


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