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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 2018 Rabinowitch Competition

Rabinowitch General Info & Application

Rabinowitch Evaluation

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

Three Prizes will be awarded for each Division. Trophies will be awarded to all prize winners. 
First place winner will receive cash prize besides trophy. 
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 2018 Thera Rabinowitch competition:

Date: Sunday, April 22, 2018
Time: 1:30pm-6:30pm
Location: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto
Winners’ concert:  Sunday, May 6, 2018at 2pm         
Deadline for submitting applications: Monday, April 9, 2018

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 Application fee is $40 for Lower Division, $50 Middle Division and $60 Upper Division.
 Please make checks payable to MTAC Palo Alto Branch.

Preliminary schedule will be sent to teachers 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 Memorial Competition results for 2018


1st place Daren Lin (student of Anna Semyanovsky)
2nd Stanley Du (student of Lena Grozman)
3rd Aaron Tu (student of Lena Grozman)

Honorable mention:

Ramkumar Rohan (student of Mina Fumansky)
Karen Baba (student of Lena Grozman)
Josef Rose (student of Virginia Fruchterman)
William Sun (student of Era Lifschitz)


1st place Spencer Cha (student of Lena Grozman)
2nd Riley Kong (student of Lena Grozman)
2nd Christopher Yao (student of SuHui Yang)
2nd Annie Ping (student of Lena Grozman)
2nd Lucas Chen (student of Anna Semyanovsky)
3rd Lawrence Long (student of Era Lifschitz)

Honorable Mention:

Christine Watts (student of Ellen Leung)
Tiffanie Huang (sutdent of Lena Grozman)
Evan Huang (sutdent of Shen An Lin)


1st place Jennifer Cheng (student of Ellen Leung)
2nd Amberli Chiang (student of Anna Semyanovsky)
3rd Johnathan Hou (student of Anna Semyanovsky)

Honorable mention:

Caroline Liu (student of Lena Grozman)
William Hu (student of Ami Zhou)


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