Travel, Food & Housing
The Dallas International Piano Competition will work to provide complimentary housing for some contestants. The arrangements will be provided at partner hotels and by DCS patrons who have agreed to host contestants as guests in their homes for the duration of the competition. Placement in a hotel or host home cannot be guaranteed, and host home assignments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis, determined by the application receipt date. Invited candidates will be informed of available housing, if any, prior to confirming their intent to participate in the live rounds in Dallas. Housing accommodations will not be made prior to February. Complimentary housing is not available for master class participants. For all those not receiving complimentary housing, the competition office will provide access to discounted rates for convenient lodging.
- All participants are responsible for their food and travel.
- Travel arrangements and hotel accommodations will be provided to the First Prize Winner to travel to Dallas for his or her Dallas Chamber Symphony performance debut.
Check-in & Orientation
- Preliminary orientation materials, including an itinerary of events will be provided to confirmed contestants in February.
- Invited contestants must arrive and check-in at the location of the competition between 9:00-9:30 am on March 14, 2018.
- Contestants will participate in a drawing before each round to determine performance order.
Accompanists, Rehearsals and Warm-up Rooms
- Contestants are encouraged to provide their own accompanist for all rounds of competition. However, professional staff accompanists are available for $150. In addition to accompaniment during the competition rounds, this fee includes a 40-minute rehearsal prior to Round 1, and an additional 40-minute rehearsal after Round 2.
- Contestants may request a staff pianist during the online application process.
- Accompanists shall make cuts to extended tutti sections in Round 1.
- Accompanists shall perform all tutti sections in Round 3.
- Contestants will be provided 40 minutes of practice time in a rehearsal room with two pianos on March 14th, 2018.
- A warm up room, with two pianos, is provided to each competitor for use during the 40 minutes prior to all scheduled performances.
- 20 minutes of rehearsal time with the competition pianos in Caruth Auditorium is provided to all contestants on March 14th, 2018. Staff accompanists are not available during this time.
- Daily access to additional practice rooms with one piano will be provided to all contestants.
Steinbuhler Alternate-Size Keyboards
Steinbuhler alternate-size keyboards are available to competition and master class pianists who wish to use them. SMU encourages pianists interested in trying various keyboard options to make an appointment to do so by contacting Dr. Carol Leone at email@example.com. Appointments can be accommodated throughout the year.