The Preliminary Stage of the competition was concluded in March 2020 and 16 semifinalists, and alternates, were selected. All contestants have been notified of the new dates and must reconfirm their availability for the competition by October 2, 2020. All previous arrangements remain intact. Housing in private homes will be offered to all semifinalists. These accommodations will include access to an excellent piano.
The WIC competitions will continue to be held each spring in annual rotation: Strings and Composition in 2022, Voice in 2023, and Piano again in 2024.
In light of the one-year delay of the competition, the Chairs have decided to offer all semifinalists the option to modify their programs, if desired, as long as the repertoire conforms to the parameters of the competition guidelines. Any changes in repertoire must be approved by the Chairs. The deadline for repertoire approval is November 6, 2020.