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The 2017 Thera Rabinowitch Award Competition

The Rabinowitch Competition was established in memory of the piano teacher and Palo Alto
Branch president, Thera Rabinowitch, by her family, to reward students of the Palo Alto Branch
for outstanding musical performance.

The 2017 Rabinowitch Competition





Divisions School Grade Time Limit Repertoire


5-7 8 min 2-3 pieces of contrasting style from standard classical repertoire
Middle 8-9 12 min
Upper 10-12 15 min

There are three Prizes for each Division. Trophies will be awarded to all prize winners.
First place winner will receive cash prize besides trophy.

To enter this competition students are required to prepare a program of their own choice from standard
piano repertoire. The time limit is 10 minutes for the Junior Division; 15 minutes for the Senior Division.
An original music score (no photocopies) must be provided for Judges.

Previous first prize winners can only compete in a different age category.

It is very important that the competition pieces be timed accurately. If the program exceeds the time limit,
the chair person will request the teacher to eliminate one of the pieces. The teachers who enter their students
will be asked to assist with running the competition.

All winners will be announced at the end of the competition. THE JUDGES’ DECISIONS ARE FINAL.
Contacting the Judges before, during or after the competition is unethical and inappropriate.
Winners must be present to receive their awards at the Winners’ Recital.

Important information for the 2016 Thera Rabinowitch competition:

           Date: Sunday, April 30th, 2017
           Time: 1:30pm-6:30pm
           Location: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto
           Winners’ concert: Sunday, May 14th , 2016 at 2pm
           Deadline for submitting applications: Sunday, April 17th, 2017

How To Apply:
1) Fill out one Application Form and 2 copies of the Evaluation Form (repertoire section) per entry.
2) Send /deliver the above along with one check per teacher (for the sum of all the teacher’s entries) by the
application deadline to Era Lifschitz at the address below.

The fee is $45 for Junior Division; $55 for Senior Division.
Please make checks payable to MTAC Palo Alto Branch.

Preliminary schedule will be posted on this website one week prior the competition.
Notification via e-mail will be sent to the participants as well.

For other questions regarding the rules or any aspect of the competition, feel free to contact:

Era Lifschitz, 5532 Green Oak Dr., San Jose, CA 95129
Phone (408)446-3070

The Thera Rabinowitch Piano Competition results for 2016

Junior Division

1st place -- Spencer Cha,
teacher Lena Grozman

2nd place --Angela Tsang,
teacher Haggai Niv

3rd place -- Ryan Jia,
teacher Anna Semyanovsky

Honorably Mention -- Esther Cao,
teacher Shen An Lin

Senior Division

1st place -- Ryan Lee,
teacher Era Lifschitz

2nd place -- Vivian Cheng,
teacher Haggai Niv

3rd place -- Stephanie Sun,
teacher Era Lifschitz

3rd place -- Wesley Chen,
teacher Haggai Niv

Honorable Mention

Elise Rust,
teacher Nurit Barlev

Emily Y. Wang,
teacher Su-Hui Yang

Hsiao-Jung Chen,
teacher Su-Hui Yang

Hyejun Lee,
teacher Paul Mihaly

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