GENIUS Music heightens public concern for environmental problems and offers solutions by pulling at the auditory heartstrings through performance (as a performer). GENIUS Music allows the student artists to influence public at the level of the heart. From the time of Homer until the present day, musical creators have presented ideas to the public in new ways, reaching them in ways that no others could, and calling people to action. 

Performances may be in any style, but must exhibit a high degree of performance acumen, rehearsal, care, and thought. All projects must include a tie-in to the environment. 

Performers may use an already-written composition that was created with reference to the environment. EXAMPLE: Perform Maurice Ravel’s Jeux D’eau (Water Games) on the piano. You will read your Artist Statement prior to the performance, which will allow the audience to understand why you chose this piece. Alternatively, a performer may use a composition that does not contain an overt reference to the environment. In this case, your Artist statement read to audience will help them discover how this piece relates to the environment for the artist.

Music | Solo Performance

GENIUS Music Solo Performance combines the puppetry of the composer with the talent of a single artist to offer a unique blend of inspiration. The human voice and musical instruments have special a power to touch the soul in direct and indirect ways. Solo performance projects can be prepared by only one student. Student artist may either "play an instrument live" or "play an instrument and sing live at the same time". For an example, check this out (GENIUS 2014 Finalist) or this 2016 Finalist.

Music | Group Performance

GENIUS Music Group Performance combines the puppetry of the composer with the talent of a group of artists to offer a unique blend of inspiration. Group performance (band) projects can be prepared by up to three students. For example, check this out (GENIUS 2014 Gold Award)


Music | Singer

GENIUS Music Singe provides their exceptional voice to influence others.  Singer projects can be prepared by only one student. Student artist will sing a song either with or without playback. The student must bring a high-quality playback music at the competition. For an example, check this out (GENIUS 2014 Finalist) or this 2016 Finalist


  • Music Group Performance projects can be prepared and submitted by maximum of three students. Solo Performance and Singer projects can be prepared and submitted by only one student.
  • The application requires an artist statement, the score, and the video of the performance.
  • A well-produced and well-rehearsed video of the performance (for all subcategories) must be uploaded to YouTube with the title: "GENIUS Olympiad 2017: TITLE". The YouTube link must be provided as part of the application within Media Link.
  • The artist statement should be less than 500 words and should describe the connection of the composition or the performance to the environment. The artist statement should be written in English and will be read to a live audience. The statement should be saved as a PDF or Word file with file name as follows: Country_projectname_statement. The statement must be uploaded to the application site.
  •  Your file names must be in English characters.

 GENIUS MUSIC What to expect at the Fair?

  • You are highly encouraged to bring your instruments. RIT will provide only Grand Piano.
  • The judging room will have technical capabilities to provide video and sound playback. The judging room (campus auditorium) will be open to the public during the judging process. 
  • We can provide only 110 V outlets. We do NOT provide 220 V.
  • You should come to the competition with pre-printed materials of your artist statement, scores, and a digital copy of your performance video.
  • Students are allowed to take 1-2 minutes of a statement regarding the connection of their piece with the environment. 


GENIUS Music  Judging Criteria

1. Foundations: Accuracy/execution of notes, rhythm, accuracy/polish of ensemble, quality of tonal sound/timbre, fidelity to provided score (tempo, articulation, dynamics, etc.)
2. Artistic: Balance, phrasing, emotional commitment/efficacy
3. Relevance: quality and clarity of the artist’s statement and its connection to the environment   





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