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Tokyo Music Competition

FAQ

FAQ

The 19th Tokyo Music Competition

For which section will the 19th edition of the Tokyo Music Competition be held?
The 19th edition will be held for String, Wind, and Voice sections.
When will the 19th edition be held? When will its entry application open?
The 19th edition will be held in 2021 summer, and its entry application will open during 2021 spring. The application guidelines will be posted on our website once they are released.

The following is FAQ for the 18th Tokyo Music Competition.

COVID-19

Is the 18th Tokyo Music Competition going to be held?
Yes, it is going to be held.
Is there any possibility that I can get my entry fee back?
If the competition is held, the entry fee is not refundable.
What kind of measures will be taken to prevent the COVID-19 spread?
We are planning to take measures such as placing alcohol sanitizers at the venue and keeping the green rooms with less-crowded participants.
Also, staff members will wear face masks.
For the participants, thermographic inspections will be conducted at the entrance of the venue. In case of a suspicious result, we may ask you to take your temperature with a thermometer.
If you have the following symptoms, please let us know before coming to the venue.
  • You have a sudden fever (37.5°C/99.5°F or higher), or your fever has been lasting continuously.
  • You seem to have a cold with symptoms such as a fever, cough, sneezing, sore throat, and fatigue.
  • You have problems with your health condition other than those mentioned above.
Please let us know if you have a fever later on as well.
I noticed that I could not enter Japan by restrictions on immigration after completing the payment of entry fee. Can I get a refund for the entry fee?
Please contact the secretariat.
What should I do if a state of emergency is declared in Japan?
The Japanese government has declared a state of emergency on April 7; however, the application for the competition will open on Monday, April 13 as initially planned. If anything changes depending on the situation, we will update information on certain communication forms including our official website.
Will the competition still take place if the government asks to refrain from non-essential, non-urgent outings and traveling?
We are proceeding within the schedule of holding the competition. If anything changes depending on the situation, we will update the information accordingly on certain communication forms including our official website.

The Application

When will I be informed of whether my application was accepted?
If you applied online, the notification is to be posted on My Page on May 18, 2020 at 12:00 noon. If you applied by post, the notification of acceptance/rejection for the competition is to be sent out by Monday, May 18, 2020.
Must all pieces be played from memory?
All performances shall be performed from memory unless it is noted to play with music at the 18th competition.
Can I request my performance date for the first round? When will it be decided?
The contestants cannot request the performance date. The competition secretariat will designate the date after the application is accepted and notify the performance date along with the acceptance/rejection notice.
I have not booked my accompanist yet. Can I still apply without one confirmed?
No, you cannot. Please apply after you booked an accompanist and fill out the accompanist information on the form during the application period.
There are dates when my accompanist is not available among the designated performance dates for the first round. Can I request another date?
No, you cannot. You may have different accompanists on different dates. Therefore, please apply after you have booked your accompanists for all the possible dates. Changes afterward are not accepted as a rule.
Example:
For July 1, 2: John Doe
For July 3: Jane Doe
Can I change my accompanist after submitting my application documents?
You cannot change your accompanist, as a rule. If, after submission, you have unavoidable circumstances, please contact the secretariat.
Can I change the pieces I will perform after I complete my submission?
When you apply by post, you cannot change anything after completing the submission.
When you apply online, you can change it on My Page; however, limited to only during the submission period. No changes can be made after the submission period has ended.
I was the finalist at the previous competition. Will I be exempted from the first round?
You would be exempted from the first round only if you placed 2nd or 3rd at the previous competition.

For applicants residing overseas

I live overseas. Would I be able to ask the secretariat to assign my accompanist?
If you wish to have us assign your accompanist, please make sure to check the box "I request to have my accompanist assigned by the secretariat." in the application form.
Please also note that the contestant bears all costs for the accompanist.
Is there a practice room at the venue?
If you wish to have a practice room, please contact the competition secretariat for the arrangement when applying for the entry.

Editions held for VOICE SECTION

[Voice Section] Am I allowed to sing what I sang in the first round in the second and final rounds?
You cannot perform the same song twice. The pieces that you sing in the first, second, and final rounds must be different from another.