What is it?
The annual Maranatha High School Piano Competition will take place January 25, 2018. Come compete against other students in the 9-12 grades vying to win a $1,000 scholarship to MBU and a spotlight in the Great Lakes Music Festival final concert.
Each year the piano competition draws highschoolers from all over the Midwest and beyond with a chance to gauge their skill against their peers. Each contestant will perform two stylistically different pieces from separate musical eras.
Dr. David Ledgerwood, the chair of the music program at Maranatha, asserts that the purpose of the competition is to encourage young musicians to strive for excellence. “Maranatha’s purpose is to raise the bar for collegiate piano study,” Ledgerwood states. “We want students to be challenged at the highest level.” MBU’s high school piano competition is unique because it is a blind competition – the judges cannot see the contestants, and therefore judge based solely on what they hear.
“It’s a big commitment to compete. It takes a little bit of courage and a lot of diligence,” says two-time contestant Rachel Prigge. “The competition is a great chance to refine your skills and gives a great opportunity to showcase the talents with which God has blessed you.”
What’s the Prize?
The winner of the competition will receive a $1000 MBU scholarship, along with a $100 cash prize and the privilege to perform one of their winning competition pieces in the Great Lakes final concert. Runner up will receive a $500 MBU scholarship and $50 cash prize. The judges will also award various levels of special honors to contestants. Regardless of placing, competitors will receive thorough, detailed feedback from the adjudicators to encourage them and help them fine-tune their skills.
Written by Peter Holloway