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Midwest Region
Online/In-Person Preliminary Round

(Online option available here)

This page's information is ONLY for Midwest Preliminary Round.
To find out more about
online or final round information, please refer to the competition website.


KU ACMI and The M Music Group are delighted to announce their collaboration in hosting the Midwest region of the Orbifold Global Music Competition. The Orbifold Global Music Competition aims to share exceptional classical music with a wide international audience, using music as a means to break down barriers and inspire young musicians to reach their musical aspirations. The winner of the preliminary round will be selected to perform at the distinguished Lied Center of Kansas, and the top three prize winners from each group will advance to the final round. The final round is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles from July 13-15, 2023, and will culminate in an awards ceremony and concert on July 16 at the prestigious Irvine Barclay Theatre. The competition offers a total of $20,000 in cash prizes and $70,000 in scholarship prizes for the final-round winners. To encourage young musicians to explore Asian composers and incorporate Asian musical elements into their performance, the Midwest region of the competition will award a special prize in each instrument division to the performer who presents a piece by an Asian composer or work featuring Asian musical elements.

How to Register

Online competition Application

online competition for midwest regional please go to:

In- Person competition Application 

1. Completed online application form

2. Registration fee payment

3. An electronic version of the contestant’s headshot

Registration Regulations

1. The competition is open to participants of all nationalities.

2. Please fill in the competition registration form accurately and ensure the authenticity and validity. If there is any false information, the qualification will be canceled.

3. Contestants need to accurately select the group according to their year of birth.

4. Only one piece is allowed to be repeated between the preliminary and the final round.

In-person registration deadline is March 20th 11:59pm.

How to Register
Registratin fee

Registration Fee

All payments are non-refundable.

1. Registration fee for Midwest preliminary round is $80 per participant ($85 for online competition).

2. If you are accepted to the final round, there is an additional Final Round fee of $150 for all finalists

3. There are no fees to participate in the Lied Center Pavilion winner concert.

Age Categories

Age Categories

Piano Devision

Group A: born in 2017, 2018

Group B: born in 2015, 2016

Group C: born in 2013, 2014

Group D: born in 2010, 2011, 2012

Group E: born in 2007, 2008, 2009

Group F: born in 2004, 2005, 2006 

Group G: born between 1990-2003 

Strings Devision

Group A: born in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Group B: born in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Group C: born in 1991-2004

Voice Devision

Group A: born in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Group B: born in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Group C: born in 1990-2003



Piano Devision

1. One to Three works from the Baroque to the 21st century.

2. Individual/separate movements from larger works are acceptable.

3. Time limitation: 

Group A no longer than 5 mins

Group B no longer than 6 mins

Group C no longer than 7 mins

Group D no longer than 10 mins

Group E no longer than 12 mins

Group F no longer than 14 mins

Group G no longer than 16 mins

Strings Devision

1. Two works of contrasting styles.

2. Individual/separate movements from larger works are acceptable.

3. Group C must include one unaccompanied solo work.

4. Each performer will have a maximum of 10 minutes to perform.

Voice Devision

1. Two pieces of music representing different periods and styles should be prepared.

2. Please choose age-appropriate art song or aria, musical theatre selections from musicals including film musicals, revues, operettas, musical theatre song cycles or musical theatre song literature.

3. The auditioner chooses the first piece and the judges choose the second piece.

4.  Each performer will have a maximum of 8 minutes to perform.


Accompanist (Strings, Voice)

For Strings Participants: Except for the unaccompanied solo work for Strings Group C, it is required to play with a pianist.

Contestants must find their own accompanists for the preliminary round at their own expense.


Awards (For Midwest Preliminary Round)

Orbifold Global Music Competition Midwest Region is pleased to offer these recognition, prizes and awards to competitors taking part in the preliminary round:


Invitation to the winner's concert:

The preliminary round's highest-scoring performer for each instrument will receive an invitation to the winner's concert in Lied Center Pavilion.

Complimentary evening banquet

Performers in the winner's concert will meet with renowned classical musicians, music academy professors, and sponsors during the evening banquet.

Special ACMI awards

1. Winner's concert & Complimentary evening banquet

2. Special cash prize of 100$

To encourage and promote the development of AAAPI classical music, the committee has established two special ACMI awards for outstanding performers who interpret AAAPI composer's works. Winners of these awards will also receive an invitation to the award ceremony and dinner, as well as a special cash prize of $100.


Judgin Criteria

Piano Division

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Yi-Yang Chen

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Nicholas Dold

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Mingyi Gao

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Igor Lipinski

Violin Division

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Chiafei Lin

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Xiaohui Yan​

Voice Division

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Christina Ray

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Zhengyingyue Huang

First prize: 97-100 points

Second prize: 93-96 points

Third Prize: 90-92 points

Fourth Prize: 87-89 points

Fifth Prize: 84-86 points

Sixth Prize: 80-83 points

Judging Criteria

Additional Rules

1. All performances must be memorized.

2. If the total number of contestants in each group is less than 10, the organizing committee has the right to combine the awards.

3. Applicants studying with any of the Preliminary and Final Round judges are eligible to apply, but will not receive votes/scores from their teacher.

4. If the contestant fails to perform within the specified time, the judges have the right to stop the performance beyond the time, but it will not affect the scoring result.

5. Contestants must check in at least 30 minutes before the scheduled start time. Contestants who fail to arrive on time will be dealt with by the organizing committee as an automatic withdraw.

6. It is forbidden to use mobile phones and other electronic photography equipment for video shooting during the competition. The photographers and videographers designated by the competition can film and/or record the performance.

7. Participants are not allowed to adjust the order of performance by themselves.

8. All prizes will be awarded unless the judges unanimously decide not to award one or more of the prizes. In case of a tie, the judges may decide to split a prize between two competitors. All decisions of the jury will be final and there is no appeal or review.

9. All prizes and/or earnings are subject to taxation in accordance with the USA tax regulations.

10. All travel and accommodation expenses and accompanying personnel expenses are the responsibility of the participants themselves.

11. Any situation not covered by these rules shall be referred to the organizing committee, which makes the final decision on such matters.

Additional Rules


• The competition cash prizes and fees are listed in US Dollars.

• Participating in the Orbifold Global Music Competition & Festival should understand and

agree to the risks involved, and the Orbifold Global Music Competition & Festival is not responsible for any loss or damage caused by the spread of any virus or bacteria. We reserve the right to adjust its participation requirements, including vaccinations, based on the evolving circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and the California Department of Health.

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