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Winners of the Spring 2021 Virtual Signature Recital Competition

The following students’ competition videos will be featured in the Virtual Vella Silver Recital which will be broadcasted to the public via the Peabody Institute website on May 12 at 7:00pm.

Kristina Chao, flute
Joshua Fan, piano
Liana Kai, cello
Andrew Krasulski, piano
Miya Mese-Jones, violin
Ananya Nair, violin
Rory Powell, harp
Lauren Rabe, cello
David Seol, flute
Elena Shih, cello
Alexander Yang, cello
Amber Zhang, piano


For Spring 2021: There will be one Signature Recital, which will be conducted in the same format of the Fall 2020 competition: as a virtual and asynchronous competition. Winning videos chosen from the Signature Recital Competition will be included in the Vella Silver Recital Video. Please note that some of the video recording and submission rules below have been adjusted from Fall 2020.

Livestream Concert

Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 7:00 pm.
Videos livestreamed using competition submissions.

Video Submission Deadline April 14, 2021 at 11:59pm
Student Entry Deadline April 4, 2021 at 11:59pm

 Video Submission Rules: 

  • Only one video can be submitted per contestant. If you are performing multiple pieces, they must all be recorded on the same video. 
  • No audio visual effects (fade in/out, titling, etc.) should be used.
  • Videos must be submitted in their original format via a downloadable hyperlink (example: Google Drive, Dropbox, WeTransfer, etc.). YouTube hyperlinks will not be accepted. Details on the video submission process will be emailed to entrants after the competition entry deadline.
  • Guardians and/or private instructors must review the student’s video prior to submission.
  • Performance backgrounds should be of a neutral setting.
  • As the winner’s video will be included in the Vella Silver Recital video, dress attire should be appropriate for a recital. 
  • The submitted video file must be labeled with the student’s first name and last name followed by their instrument/vocal part. (Example: John Smith, piano)
  • All submissions must be recorded between January 25- May 29, 2021. Pre-recorded performances (such as recital performance videos) will not be accepted. 
  • Accompaniment is optional and will not affect the judge’s determinations either way. 

 A final performance will be broadcasted to the public via the Peabody Institute website featuring a compilation of the winning videos from the competition. 


Signature Recitals are an opportunity for all music students – regardless of age or ability – to gain valuable experience. The competition is adjudicated by Preparatory faculty who give written feedback and select students to perform on one of the Vella Silver Memorial Recitals that come at the end of each semester. To be selected for the honor of playing on a Silver Recital, students must present a polished performance at any level – elementary through advanced – so please encourage well-prepared students at all levels to participate.

Entry Guidelines

Students may perform on one recital per year. Students wishing to perform on more than one recital per year will be put on a wait list until the entry deadline. If space is available, students who have previously performed will be allowed to perform again. If there is more than one student on the wait list, those who submitted the entry form earliest will be placed first.

A limit of three students are to be entered from the same faculty’s studio per recital. Any additional students from that studio will be put on a wait list.

Recitals will be programmed for no more than 75 minutes of music.

Performances are not to exceed 10 minutes – NO EXCEPTIONS.

Teachers may elect to have a student play for written feedback only thus removing the added pressure of competing.

Please plan ahead! Because the competition becomes full quickly, submit forms early to ensure there will be room for your student. Entry is on a first come first served basis. Please fill out the forms completely, giving information in the way it is requested so that performance materials can be prepared on time. Only completed forms received by the deadline can participate.

Policy for Silver Recitals

Students selected to perform on the Silver Recital will be limited to 10 minutes. This means if a student is selected by the judges of more than one Signature Recital, he/she must choose only 10 minutes of repertoire to perform.