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Mae and irving jurow

international harpsichord competition

the ninth competition will take place from august 5th - 8th at the St. Paul conservatory of music in St. Paul Minnesota

This historic competition will include contemporary repertoire, continuo, ground bass and partimento improvisation, and performance of a Bach concerto with the acclaimed Lyra Baroque Orchestra (Jacques Ogg, Artistic Director) Harpsichordists under age 35 as of August 9th, 2020 are eligible to take part. 


Jacques Ogg, Elisabeth Wright, Peter Sykes, Elaine Funaro, Jaap Ter Linden (continuo judge), and Vivian Montgomery (preliminary round judge) 


First Prize - $5000 (US)

Second Prize - $2500 (US)

Third Prize - $1500 (US)

Jurow Prize - $750 (US) to be awarded to a promising non-finalist (Mae and Irving Jurow, donors)


Fee : $150 (US) / $120 (US) for HKSNA Members

Preliminary submission

Preliminary qualification will take place by recording, submitted electronically (required, no CDs accepted). Electronically submitted recordings, online application , online payment of entry fee (or mailed application and fee) must be received by 5:00 PM EST on February 15th, 2020 in order to qualify for review by the judges. Notification of admission will be received by March 15th, 2020. 

Semifinals and finals

A maximum of twelve players from the preliminary round will be admitted to the semi-final round, with six advancing to the finals. Semifinal and final rounds will be held on August 5-8, 2020 in conjunction with the HKSNA conclave at St. Paul Conservatory of Music.


flyer with full repertoire and competition requirements: 

Score for Mark Janello Piece:

Score for Dana Smorganskaya Dances for finals: 

Electronic submission of recordings

Applicants must create a link (URL) to a folder containing files of their recordings (mp3s of live, unedited recordings of good quality), as well as a document file listing their repertoire. All files must have no identification of the entrant’s real name – they must, however, be identified using the entrant’s chosen pseudonym (designated on application form). Each file should be of a single movement, with composer and title identified in the file name, along with the entrant’s pseudonym. So a file containing Couperin’s “La Garnier” submitted by an applicant identifying as “Cookie” should be named “Cookie/Couperin/LeGarnier.mp3.” The list of pieces should be submitted as a Word document with a name like “Cookie/Repertoire.doc.” All files must be placed into a single folder identified with the pseudonym and “Jurow 2020 Submission” – e.g. “Cookie Jurow 2020 Submission.”

To create a link to the folder containing all files, applicants may use any number of available programs: Hightail, Dropbox, Google Drive, or other such institutional resources. You must, however, not simply “share” the files but rather create a folder and then use the option of creating a “shareable link,” making sure that the URL doesn’t contain your real name. The link must then be emailed to - it’s acceptable for your email address and the subject line of the email to identify you - the person processing the submissions won’t need anonymity and, in fact, needs to be able to communicate with you to confirm receipt of your submission. Please feel free to contact competition director Dr. Vivian Montgomery at with any questions or concerns.

An official application form is available at the HKSNA website – it may be filled out and sent as a PDF attachment via email, with the subject “Jurow International Harpsichord Competition Entry” to or it can be mailed to the address below. Enclose with, or attach to, this application a copy (or scan, if sending electronically) of your driver’s license, birth certificate, or other government issued identification stating your date of birth. If mailing as paper copies, you may include your entry fee of $150 (US)/$120 for HKSNA members, payable online or by check/money order to HKSNA.  Online payment option and society membership are available on the HKSNA website (

Deadline of RECEIPT for application, payment, and electronic recording submission: February 15, 2020, 5:00 p.m. EST.


Vivian S. Montgomery, DMA

Director, Jurow Harpsichord Competition

Historical Performance Faculty, Longy School of Music

25 Wyman St.            

Medford, MA  02155



Additional Questions may be directed to