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The 2015 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 2015 Rabinowitch Competition

There are two divisions: Junior and Senior.
Junior Division is for students in school grades 5-8;
Senior Division is for students in grades 9-12.

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.

First prize winners of the previous academic year may not enter the competition in the same division.

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 2014 Thera Rabinowitch competition:

           Date: Sunday, April 26th, 2015
           Time: 1:30pm-6:30pm
           Location: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto
           Winners’ concert: Sunday, May 10th , 2015 at 2pm
           Deadline for submitting applications: Sunday, April 12th, 2015

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.

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
E-mail:

The Thera Rabinowitch Piano Competition results for 2015

Junior Division

1st - Solomon Ge (Haggai Niv)

2nd - Emily Wang (Su-Hui Yang)

3rd - Betsy Tian (Era Lifschitz)

3rd - Evan Huang (Shen An Lin)

Senior Division

1st - Yu-Hsin Lin (Su-Hui Yang)

2nd - Ryan Lee (Era Lifschitz)

2nd - Vivian Cheng (Haggai Niv)

3rd - Rebecca Christiansen (Anna Semyanovsky)

3rd - Alan Huang (Shen An Lin)

3rd - Wesley Chen (Haggai Niv)

Honorable Mention

Sabrina Goyal (Nurit Barlev)
Emily Aiken (Nurit Barlev)
Justin Zhao (Kim-Wing)
Alvis Ip (Ellen Leung)
Megan Wang (Natalia Hanukai)
Amberli Chiang (Anna Semyanovsky)
Nellie Taratorin (Era Lifschitz)


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