Piano Competition-High School

General Info:

  • Date: Thursday Evening before Great Lakes Music Festival—January 29, 2015.
  • Performance Times: Entrants will be notified of their assigned performance time via email by January 12.
  • Performance Time Limit: Students will perform for a maximum of 15 minutes.
  • Evaluation: All students will receive written feedback via email within one week of the performance.
  • Competition Performance: The competition performances are open to the public, and competitors are strongly encouraged to stay and listen to the other performers.
  • Complimentary Reception: Following the last performance of the evening, competitors and their families/friends are invited to a complimentary reception in Burckart Hall.
  • Announcement of Winners: The winners will be announced and awarded their cash prizes 15 minutes after the final performance.



  • Students must be in 9-12 grade.


  • Students must perform two memorized, early advanced-advanced level classical pieces.
  • The pieces need to be in contrasting styles and different musical eras: 1 piece needs to be Baroque or Classical, and 1 piece needs to be Romantic, Impressionistic or 20th Century
  • No original compositions.
  • The pieces must be solo (e.g. no concerto parts).
  • The repertoire must be at a minimum level of Masterwork Classics Book 9/Celebration Series Repertoire Book 8.
  • The repertoire must be less than 15 minutes in length.
  • Students must perform the pieces listed on their registration forms. Students not doing so will be disqualified.

Application Process:

  • Complete Application: Students must complete the online competition application.
  • Competition Fee: Pay $30 online.
  • Limited Openings: Please register ASAP because we have a limited number of openings. 
  • Application/Payment Deadline: Applications must be submitted by January 1, 2015.

Competition Prizes:

1st place: $100 and an encore performance of one piece at the Great Lakes Music Festival Concert on Saturday, January 31, 2015.

2nd place: $50