Application Deadline:  April 1, 2018


Late Application Deadline:  Late applications will be accepted through May 15, 2018.  (If applying late, please keep in mind that the festival might not be able to arrange the same airfare and travel arrangements as the rest of the group.)


Application form Word Format

Application form PDF Format



The completed application form must be sent to:


Young Pianist Competition of New Jersey

P.O. Box 3

Martinsville, NJ 08836


The materials can also be sent electronically (preferable):


The festival application must be accompanied by the following materials, which should be submitted electronically to


Ø  Application fee (payable by a check or a money order), which should be made out to the Young Pianist Competition of New Jersey.  (Please indicate on the check or the money order that this is the application fee for the Festival.)


Ø  Photocopy of your Passport’s Front Page, your Biography, and your photograph.  (The application will be considered incomplete and will not be processed without this information and late charges will apply.)


Ø  On the application, please specify which concerto you intend to study with the orchestra.  (The concerto must be chosen from the required repertoire.)


The full tuition must be paid to the Young Pianist Competition of New Jersey upon the receipt of the tuition invoice and not later than June 15, 2018. 




(by April 1, 2018)

$   90.00


(by May 15, 2018)

$ 110.00



€ 200.00


(Senior Division with orchestra)

€ 700.00


(Junior Division with orchestra)

€ 700.00


(without the orchestra)

€ 300.00


(one piano-four hands)

€   90.00



€ 150.00



€ 100.00



Per person

€ 90.00



€ 60.00


YPCNJ will charge an additional $40.00 fee those parents who wish to travel with our group and prefer for us to make all of the travel & hotel arrangements.


For those students who want more specific details regarding other costs, schedule, and other activities, please E-mail our office at  This information will not be given over the telephone.


Those 2018 prizewinners of the Young Pianist Competition of New Jersey (any division) attending the 2018 Festival Musica in Laguna are eligible for the Young Pianist Competition of New Jersey scholarship:


Gold Prize:       $500.00 towards tuition (in case of Ensemble Winners, the prize will be split up)

Silver Prize:      $375.00 towards tuition (in case of Ensemble Winners, the prize will be split up)

Bronze Prize     $250.00 towards tuition (in case of Ensemble Winners, the prize will be split up)




For Girls:

  • Concert attire: for the Solo Competition and the Concerto performance, bring formal concert attire (below the knee) and for the nightly concerts bring 2-3 nice, casual dresses.
  • Formal shoes 

For Boys:

  • 2 white dress shirts
  • 2 pairs of formal black or dark brown slacks
  • Black socks
  • Formal black shoes
  • Bow ties (preferred to regular long neck ties) 


  • Small battery operated metronome
  • A bag for music (to carry from hotel to school)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • A sweater
  • Light rain jacket
  • Bathing suit
  • Hats for those with sun-sensitive scene
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Umbrella
  • Personal medication
  • Belt bag for excursions

Items to avoid doing laundry during the trip, since it is not easily accessible:

  • Many T-shirts
  • Many pairs of underwear
  • Many socks 

Items for sightseeing trips and visiting churches and cathedrals:

  • Long pants or skirts
  • Shirts that cover shoulders

Highly Recommended Items:

  • 3M N95 Particulate Respirators (surgical masks), or any kind of surgical mask that blocks Germs like SWINE FLU for the 9 hours on the plane both outbound and inbound.
  • Maximum Strength 1% Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Cream w/Aloe for mosquito bites, sun burns, rashes or any kind of skin irritation
  • Neosporin (or any kind of first aid antibiotic ointment) and Band-Aids for minor scrapes and cuts



In order for the students and parents to keep in touch with the teachers and with each other please bring an unlocked mobile phone.  A "SIM" card can be purchased at the local telephone store.  (You will need to bring a passport to the store in order to purchase the SIM card.)  Also, this is a very easy way for the parents, who are not at the Festival, to reach their children without going through the hotel.  Hotel Grande Italia has a free Wifi in all of the rooms.  You would need to get your individual pass word from the front desk.  Usually that pass word would work for a week, then you would need to get a new one.



Currency Exchange:

Euros can be obtained locally on the island. Bank of America has a ATM machine one block away from the hotel. With Bank of America debt card, there is no charge for withdrawing Euros.

Local Transportation:

Going to Venice is very easy.  There is a bus stop right around the corner from the school.  It leaves for Venice every hour.  You can buy a bus tickets at practically any Tabaco store.  Another way to go to Venice is by water ferry.  It’s less frequent but right next to the hotel. There is also a bus stop in the center of town that would take you to a neighboring island of Sottomarina, where there is a beach.

The School:

All the lessons and piano practice is held at a local elementary school.  There are big classrooms, though there is no air conditioning.  It is a good idea not to open the metal shades or open the windows, this way the rooms stay cooler, and also the mosquitos and flies do not get into the rooms, as there are no window screens anywhere.  Bring a spray bottle to cool yourself down if needed. We have 3 electric fans, which are in the teacher’s studios and in one of the practice rooms, which we also rent. Walking to school from the hotel is about 15 minutes.  

Daily Schedules and Other Activities:

This is a schedule of a typical day for students:

In the morning, the students eat breakfast at the hotel and then they go to the school (around 9:30 or 10:00 am) to practice their instrument.  Siesta time is daily from 1:00 – 3:00 pm, at that time the students must return to the hotel to eat their lunch, which will be set up for them in the common suite and also to have a small break.  

At the end of Siesta (about 2:45) the students will return to the school for more practice.

A daily schedule will be handed out, usually the night before, which will include their practice time, their solo piano lesson, theory lesson, or rehearsal with the orchestra, as well as concerts, and dinnertime.

In the evening (usually 7:30 pm) the students will eat dinner together at the designated restaurant. Once the festival officially starts, there are student concerts almost every night, which start at 9:15.  Those students who are ready to perform their solo repertoire will be scheduled to perform at these concerts.

Other activities:

After 10 days of intensive studies, performances, rehearsal and competitions, the students will be able to take some trips to Venice and the surround islands.  15-20 minutes away from school, there is a wonderful beach.  Water is very shallow and warm. 

Information for Parents accompanying their children on the trip:

Parents can escort the students to and from the school daily in the morning and in the afternoon. They can also purchase groceries and water from the local stores and set up the lunch for the students in the common suite at the hotel.  The shopping for lunch needs to be done before 1:00 pm, since most stores are closed between 1:00 - 4:00 pm daily. In order to secure good practice time for the students, one of the parents usually takes the responsibility of signing out practice rooms for the next day at the Festival’s office.  This sign out schedule usually becomes available at 4:00 pm.

Parents can also take daily trips to Venice, Verona, the Three Island Tour, as well as other local places.



Those students (not chaperoned by their parents) who travel with the American group, mandatorily stay at the hotel listed below:




Rione S.Andrea, 597 (Piazzetta Vigo)
30015 CHIOGGIA (Venezia) ITALIA
Hotel Grande Italia

2017 summer Costs

Single Room     €110.00
Double Room   €120.00
Triple Room    €150.00

These rates are only available if the hotel reservations are done through our office.

If you wish to travel independently and want to make different arrangements, other accommodations are available on the Island, including an apartment rental.

If you are interested in different arrangements, please let us know via E-mail ( and we will put you in contact with the appropriate person. 



Lana IvanovDirector of American Operations
P.O. Box 3, 
Martinsville, NJ 08836
Telephone: 908-526-0794, Fax: 908-393-9460, E-mail:  


Pietro Perini, President
Gabriele Vianelli, Artistic Director
Associazione Lirico Musicale Clodiense
Borgo San Giovanni 1158
30015 Chioggia (Venezia) Italy
Telephone/Fax: +39 348 540 32 77, E-mail:
Festival Musica in Laguna



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