High School Solo Competition

2020 High School Solo Competition

All ICA 2020 competitions will take place as scheduled. In order to accommodate the difficulties our members are currently facing and in response to the current uncertainties regarding ClarinetFest® 2020, the ICA has revised the 2020 competition guidelines. We hope that everyone will participate in the competitions as planned and the revised guidelines will assist and simplify the process.


– Submission deadline is extended to April 15, 2020
– Applicants will submit only the required unaccompanied work (Koch)
– If ClarinetFest® takes place, finals will be held in Reno, requiring the full program (with accompaniment)
– If ClarinetFest® is canceled, there will be a preliminary and a final round using the recording of the unaccompanied work, utilizing two different judging panels


To apply, please visit https://app.getacceptd.com/ica


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Eligibility: Competition participants must be 18 years old or younger as of June 30, 2020.

Application: Deadline for the submission of application and other application materials is: Monday, April 15, 2020.

High School Solo Competition Coordinator: Elizabeth Gunlogson


To submit a proposal, send the following:

1. Application Fee: $75 USD. All applicants must be members of the I.C.A. and submit the Competition Application. Non-members wishing to apply may join the I.C.A. and become a member. Join now! The application fee is non-refundable.

2. Recording Instructions: Please provide a high quality recording containing the following repertoire in the exact order listed. Repertoire must be recorded with accompaniment when appropriate. Any published edition is acceptable. Each selection/movement should be listed as a single track, and should not contain your name. Please be aware that the quality of the recording will influence the judges. Recordings should not be edited and only continuous performances of entire works or movements are allowed.

Monolog 3 by Erland Von Koch

Sonatina by Antoni Szalowski

3. A photocopy of the contestant’s driver’s license, passport or birth certificate as proof of age.

4. Both the private teacher, if any, and the contestant attest, in a separate written and signed statement that the recording is the playing of the contestant and has not been edited.

5. A summer address, telephone number and e-mail address should be provided. E-mail is the preferred means of communication. Please check your email regularly as this is how you will be contacted.


Judging of recordings will be conducted with no knowledge of the contestant. Do not include any identification on your audio files. There should be no speaking on the recording, such as announcing of compositions. Preliminary judging will be by taped audition. Finalists will be chosen by committee. Notification will be sent by Wednesday, May 1, 2020. The final round will be held at ClarinetFest® 2020 in Reno/Lake Tahoe, Nevada, June 24-28, 2020. Repertoire will consist of the works listed above. Memorization for the final round of competition is not required.

Past first-prize winners are not eligible to compete. All contestants will accept the decision of the judges as final. The ICA will provide a pianist for all finalists. All finalists will receive free registration at ClarinetFest® 2020. Travel and other expenses will be the responsibility of the contestant. All recordings will become the property of the ICA and will not be returned.


First Prize: $1,000 U.S.
Second Prize: $750 U.S.
Third Prize: $500 U.S.

The International Clarinet Association assumes no tax liability that competition winners may incur through receiving prize money. Individuals are responsible for investigating applicable tax laws and reporting prize winnings to requisite government agencies. In accordance with U.S. tax law, a 30% tax on the total amount of prize winnings will be withheld and submitted to the United States Internal Revenue Service if the winner is a non-U.S. resident. Prize money will be given in the form of a U.S. check or an electronic PayPal transfer. PayPal transfers must be requested prior to the final awards ceremony on the final evening of ClarinetFest®.