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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 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

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 2017 Thera Rabinowitch competition:

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

Lower Division

1st place Tal Dickman (Teacher Elizabeth Poole)
2nd Annie Ping ( Teacher Lena Grozman)
2nd Riley Kong( Teacher Lena Grozman)
2nd Joseph Rose ( Teacher Virginia Fruchterman)
3rd Crystal Cheng( Teacher Lena Grozman)
3rd William Sun (Teacher Era Lifschitz)
3rd Emma Lee (Teacher Anna Semyanovsky)
Honorable mention:
Ashton Liu (Teacher Era Lifschitz)
Thalia Renaker (Teacher Elizabeth Poole)

Middle Division:

1st place Elliot Kang (Teacher Mina Furmansky)
2nd Christopher Yao (Teacher Joyce Yang)
3rd Jennifer Cheng (Teacher Ellen Leung)
Honorable Mention:
Esther Cao (Teacher Shen An Lin)
Evan Huang (Teacher Shen An Lin)

Upper Division

1st place Wesley Chen ( Teacher Haggai Niv)
2nd. Yuval Medina (Teacher Nurit Barlev)
3rd Amberli Chiang (Teacher Anna Semyanovsky)
3rd. Vivian Cheng (Teacher Haggai Niv)
3rd Justine Cho (Teacher Hye Jin Har)

Honorable Mention

Michelle Chen (Teacher Joyce Yang

Brianna Zhang (Teacher Wenchun Ku)


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