Application Requirements

Timeline (updated 10/1/19):

Application Fee: $50

Video Audition:

Must be submitted via YouTube URL at the time of the online application. A panel of judges will watch all videos submitted. Please see below for specific video requirements.


Applicants must be appropriate age by the date of the competition.

Junior Division Instrumental Students Ages 13-16
Senior Division Instrumental Students Ages 17-22

Three Categories:


Complete list of instruments invited to participate: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Harp and Euphonium.

Audition Pieces:

Applicants must submit an application and an audition video recording with a minimum of two contrasting pieces from classical repertoire.

Video Requirements:

Combined audition videos must be a minimum of 6 minutes, and a maximum of 15 minutes in length. Although submissions longer than 15 minutes will be accepted, judges will only listen to and score 15 minutes of each selection.

Combined video submissions shorter than the minimum 6-minute time limit will be automatically disqualified.

Videos must have been recorded within the last year, after March 13, 2019. Video footage submitted must be continuous and unedited with a stationary camera angle.

The selection submitted in the audition video must be the same piece performed if selected for the finals. Memorization is not required for the audition video, finals, or Grand Prize round.

It is strongly suggested that the selection be recorded at the highest-quality possible and that it is reviewed BEFORE submitting. Poor recording quality (e.g. background noise, echo, out of tune piano) detracts from the adjudicators’ ability to appreciate and score the performance. If there are any questions concerning selection, format, or performance, please email for clarification before preparing the video. Technical difficulties are not the responsibility of the Ronald Sachs International Music Competition (RSIMC).


Junior Division:

Three applicants from each instrumental category will be invited to Wilmington, NC for one round of live competition.  One winner will be selected for the Junior Division Prize.

Applicants will be notified of their advancement well in advance of the final round. Finalists are required to have a parent or guardian accompany them to the final round.

Senior Division:

There will be 3 categories for the final round of competition: 1) Winds/Brass 2) Strings and 3) Piano. Three applicants from each category will be invited to Wilmington, NC for the final round. Applicants will be notified of their advancement well in advance of the finals. Finalists are required to have a parent or guardian accompany them to the final round if they are under 18 years of age.

The nine finalists will perform their audition pieces during a live audition on Saturday May 16, 2020.

One finalist from each category will be selected to perform their chosen repertoire in a public concert that evening. In the event that a sufficient number of qualified applicants is not met or if there is an unexpectedly high number of qualified applicants from one category, the judges reserve the right to alter the number of finalists in each category and to reconfigure the distribution of advancement to the Senior Division Grand Prize Round.

These auditions may be broadcast to the public through video streaming. Applicants may bring their own accompanist or use the RSIMC-provided professional accompanist. Should finalists choose to use the RSIMC accompanist, there will be a flat fee of $100 paid directly to the accompanist on or before the final round. This fee includes 30 minutes of rehearsal and the finals performance. Should the finalist desire extra rehearsal time with the accompanist, he/she is required to pay him/her at their requested rate. This year’s accompanist are nationally-renowned collaborative pianists: Dr. Elizabeth Loparits & Dr. Paolo Gualdi.

Senior Division Grand Prize Round:

Evening Recital Saturday May 16, 2020, open to public 7:30 pm at Beckwith Recital Hall on the campus of UNCW.

Selection of prize winners will be announced at the conclusion of the concert. Grand Prize Round competitors will receive copies of the judges’ evaluation forms approximately two weeks after the finals.


Junior Division:

Prize: $1500

One winner awarded.

Senior Division:

Grand Prize: $2,000

First Prize for each of the 2 remaining categories: $500

Any or all of the prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the judges.

Other Benefits:

Concert at Beckwith Recital Hall, preferably during RSIMC 2021, schedule permitting, otherwise between July 2020 — April 2021.


Online applications must be submitted by March 13, 2020 by 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time). No extensions will be granted. Apply online at https://ronaldsachsimc.com/apply-now/

Before beginning the online application, be prepared to provide the following:

  1. All required contact/personal information and audition information.
  2. A credit card or debit card number to pay the $50.00 application fee.
  3. A working URL for YouTube audition video upload.

YouTube Video Uploads:

All video auditions must be submitted through YouTube. No other formats will be accepted. Applicant must first upload their video directly to YouTube through their personal YouTube account, which they may create for free using a valid email address.

VIDEO FORMATTING: Applicant’s full name must be in the video’s title along with instrument (Example: John Smith, Oboe). The name of the selected piece must appear on the video’s description, including composer and movement, if applicable (Example: Marcello Concerto in C Minor, II and III). Videos must be set to “Public” or “Unlisted” in order to be viewed by the RSIMC judges. Once the video is uploaded to YouTube, copy and paste the video’s URL into the online application in the appropriate field. When the application is received, the video may be added to a YouTube playlist for the RSIMC.

Media Release:

All materials submitted during the application process become property of the Ronald Sachs International Music Competition.  Materials including photos, audio, and video recordings will be used for evaluating auditions and for advertising and publicity purposes including: print and digital advertising, website links, and social media.

More Information:

If you have any questions, please email Danijela Zezelj-Gualdi, Ronald Sachs International Music Competition Artistic Director at: gualdid@uncw.edu.