Norfolk (ODU) Center National Piano Guild Auditions
The National Piano Guild Auditions, Norfolk ODU Center, are tentatively scheduled for June 8-11, 2023, in Choral Room 1201 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.. This is the 18th consecutive year that ODU has sponsored its own center, including virtual auditions held by the ODU Community Music Division during the pandemic.
The guild was started in Austin, TX in 1929 by founder Irl Allison and is one of the largest non-profit organizations of piano teachers and students in the world. Its objectives are to provide a yearly goal and evaluation for both students and teachers in a positive, non-competitive environment. Students of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities may play from 2-15 memorized pieces from memory or may use the music in a category called "Hobbyist." Scales and cadences of the keys of all pieces are required. Auditions are private with only the judge and student present. Students receive a certificate with their name hand-written in calligraphy, a pin, and a detailed evaluation.
Teachers must be a member of the guild for students to participate. Entry fees are collected by the teachers and sent to headquarters in March.