International Vocal and Piano Competition and Festival in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens

The Russian Cultural Garden in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Garden, the historical Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation, and with the international partners from Russia, Italy, United Kingdom, and Greece invites young pianists and vocalists to take part in the second music competition The Stars of Summer in the Cultural Gardens of Cleveland.

The Cultural Gardens, a unique outdoor museum in the beautiful surroundings of gardens, landscapes, and sculptures, represent over 40 countries and cultures. Russian and Italian Cultural Gardens significantly contribute to the Cleveland cultural scene holding their unique and popular annual events such as Russian Maslenitsa and Opera in the Italian Garden.

Representing the rich music heritage of their nations, Russian and Italian Gardens clearly realize the fundamental role of the music teacher in the first steps of young musicians' training. We praise the hard work of music teachers, and our goal is to support them in motivating their students to practice during Summertime as well as in training young musicians to perform publicly.

The Gardens are dedicated to “peace through mutual understanding" and by presenting this event, they hope to promote international harmony.

The competition is open to solo pianists and singers and to the ensembles of all ages and nationalities.
Multiple winners will be chosen in each of the age or genre categories.

The applications are reviewed and judged separately in each of the age/repertoire categories by an International panel of highly recognized professional judges using a point system.
  • Piano - solo and ensemble:
I – a piece of the Baroque, Classic, Romantic, Modern repertoire
II – a piece of the modern American composer.

  • Voice - solo and ensemble:
I – classical: no microphone, piano accompaniment
II – classical cross; pop; jazz; musical theater: microphones, recorded accompaniments.

Attention: singers of both categories perform in the Gala and One World Day events WITH microphones, may be accompanied by: orchestra, piano, recorded track.

Performers may apply in one or more categories

Age groups
  • A: 6-8
  • B: 9-11
  • C: 12-14
  • D: 15-17
  • E: 18-21
  • F: 22+

• Participants prepare and videotape one or two pieces of repertoire, appropriate for joyful open-air festival environment. Duration 5'.
• For Gala, could be taken only one piece no longer than 5'. Another piece could be scheduled for One World Day performance in the Gardens.
• All pieces should be performed by memory, excluding piano part of classical vocal.
• Pieces of Russian and Italian composers could be nominated for the Prize of Russian Garden or Italian Garden.
• Pieces of the modern American composers could be nominated for the Composer's special award.

Requirements for Classical Vocal repertoire are synchronized with the requirements of Elena Obraztsova Young Vocalists competition:
• a folk song a capella or with the piano accompaniment
• a song from a cartoon
• a song from a children movie or musical theater
• a song or an art song of a composer of 19 century
• a piece from Baroque repertoire
• an art song of the composer of 19th and 20th century
• a piece from Baroque repertoire
• an aria from Classical, Romantic, Modern repertoire
E, F - any two pieces of contrasting repertoire
Panel of Jury estimates participants in 100 points system, based on NFMC requirements.
Judges’ invitation to participate in one of their event = 1point, so the result could be 100+
1st place
2nd place
3rd place
Honorable Mention 49%+

Talent (Warmth, Vitality, Clarity, Control)

Accuracy (Correct Notes, Time Values, Tempo, Intonation)

Technique (Tone, Hand Position, Fingering, Pedal, Bowing, Articulation, Tonguing, Breath Control, Diction)

Musicianship (Interpretation, Style, Phrasing, Dynamics)

Poise (Stage presence, Audience Rapport, General Effect)

Awards and winners' performances
Participants may be chosen by judges to take part in the events of:
Elena Obraztsova Cultural Center, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Euterpe Music Competition, Corato, Italy
Stars of the Albion Competition/Festival, London, Great Britain
International Moments Competition/Festival, Thessaloniki, Greece

Certificates of Appreciation to the Winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd places)
Diplomas to Winners and Honorable Mentioned participants
Certificates of Participation as a Donor to all participants
Special Prizes for performing pieces of Russian and Italian composers
Special Prize of the Russian Garden and Cleveland Ballet 2021
for the best performance of S. Rachmaninoff Spring Water with the Cleveland Ballet choreography at the Gala
Special prizes from the local businesses
The Audience Award
1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners will be displayed on the Competition web site and YouTube Channel
Selected winners will be scheduled to perform in person or/and on the video at Gala Concert on the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Centennial Peace Plaza in Rockefeller Park.
Winners' performances
1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners will be offered to perform:
in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens' One World Day Celebration
in the events of the Russian Cultural Garden
in the events of the Italian Cultural Garden
in the concerts in different cultural venues of Greater Cleveland
in the National and International events upon the Judges invitation
in on-line broadcast of their performance in the Gardens
Gala Concert and Awards Ceremony at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Centennial Peace Plaza:
Certificates and prizes will be presented to the winners and their teachers at the Gala performance on August 21, 2021 or mailed.

1) An online, non-edited video of their performance. Home videos will be accepted. The camera COULD be stopped for the second piece and a possible change of the attire.
The videos not to exceed the duration time. Videos should be uploaded to YouTube or any other platform. They will be published on Russian CulturalGarden and Italian FB page/website.

2) The application form with the applicant's first and last name, date of birth; address; phone number and email address; the teacher's name and email address; the teacher's email address; a link to the video; a photo (headshot) of the applicant; the application fee, and a short biography.

All entries become the sole property of the Stars of Summer and will not be returned to the applicant for any reason. Entries must be received no later than the competition deadline (see below). Entries will be rejected if they are late, incomplete, damaged, irregular, mutilated, forged or garbled. The Stars of Summer is not responsible for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, stolen, incomplete, or misappropriated entries.

Neither the Stars of Summer, nor the panel of judges associated with the competition, will give any feedback or critique to entrants. No communication or correspondence is guaranteed to be exchanged with applicants except with those selected as winners.

Deadline and the calendar of events
August 10, 2021 - deadline for submission of all application materials and information.

August 17, 2021 - Winners will be announced.

August 21, 2021 from 5 pm till 7:30 pm - 5 o'clock tea ceremony, reception, Competition Award Ceremony and Gala concert at the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Centennial Peace Plaza. Young Stars of Summer will share the stage with the Cleveland Ballet, M.U.S.I.C. Instrumental group, professional Opera singers.

August 29, 2021 from 11 am till 6 pm - the 75th One World Day celebration in the Cultural Gardens. Praise the Music teacher Reception and concert of the winners of the Stars of Summer.

Please send your entries as soon as possible.

Do not wait for the deadline.

If you have additional questions, please email to


Solo: a non-refundable, $50.00 fee/donation, for one entry in each category.
Ensemble: a non-refundable $75.00 fee/donation, for one entry in each category

Applicants selected by our International judges for participating in their competitions, pay flat fee of $25.00 to The Stars of Summer to participate in the selected events.

Applicants, referred for participation in The Stars of Summer by Stars of the Albion, International Moments, Euterpe, Elena Obraztsova Cultural Center, are paying their fees to those institutions according to their price.

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By entering the competition, an applicant releases and holds the Russian and Italian Cultural Gardens, the Cleveland Cultural GardensFederation and/or the City of Cleveland harmless from any and all liability for any injuries, loss or damage of any kind to the entrant or any other person, including personal injury, death, or property damage, resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any award, participation in the competition and/ recital, any breach of the Competition Rules, or in any award-related activity. The applicant agrees to fully indemnify Russian and Italian Cleveland Cultural Gardens, The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation and/or the City of Cleveland from any and all claims by third parties relating to the competition, without limitation.

Limitation of liability:

Russian and Italian Cultural Gardens, The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation and/or the City of Cleveland assumes no responsibility or liability for lost, late, unintelligible/illegible, falsified, damaged, misdirected or incomplete entries, notifications, responses, replies or any release, or for any computer, online, software, telephone, hardware or technical malfunctions that may occur, including but not limited to malfunctions that may affect the transmission or non-transmission of an audition materials. The Russian and Italian Cultural Gardens, The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation and/or the City of Cleveland is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users, by any of the equipment or programming associated with, or utilized in the Competition or by any technical or human error, which may occur in the administration of the Competition.

Russian and Italian Cultural Gardens, The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation and/or the City of Cleveland is not responsible for any injury or damage to entrant or to any computer related to or resulting from participating or downloading materials in this competition. Entrant assumes liability for injuries caused or claimed to be caused by participating in the Competition, or by the acceptance, possession, use of, or failure to receive any prize. Russian and Italian Cultural Gardens, The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation and/or the City of Cleveland assumes no responsibility or liability in the event that the Competition cannot be conducted as planned for any reason, including those reasons beyond the control, such as infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or corruption of the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Competition and/or the Competition Website or weather.

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