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Upcoming Events - Competitions, Festivals and Camps
Lee University’s School of Music will host an International Piano Festival and Competition. The festival is open to participants of all ages and levels and will include masterclasses and recitals by international world-class artists, classes on piano literature, historical performance, chamber music, and collaborative piano. College and pre-college applicants may enter the competition, with prizes totaling $10,000. The total cost for the festival’s tuition, accommodations, registration, and meals is only $600 for competition participants and $500 for non-competitors. Visit www.leeupiano.com to apply.
61st American Matthay Association Piano Festival
June 13-16 2018, at Union University, Jackson, Tennessee. The American Matthay Association is devoted to perpetuating the teaching principles of Tobias Matthay. Information about the yearly piano festival held by the association can be found on the webpage.
April 1, 2017, in the UTC Fine Arts Center – Roland Hayes Concert Hall
The receipt deadline for the application and fee is March 11, 2017, 3:00 PM Eastern Time Zone. The competition is open to piano students enrolled in middle school and high school, and the repertoire requirement consists of two pieces in contrasting styles. For more details about the application, eligibility, repertoire, prizes, entrance fee, and college admission/scholarship, please visit our competition website, or contact competition chair, Prof. Jenny Parker
TBA June 2017, University of TN, Knoxville, Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall
The nief-norf Summer Festival (nnSF) is an interdisciplinary summer music festival, bringing together dozens of performers, composers, and scholars to collaborate on the performance, creation, and discussion of contenporary solo and chamber music. The nnSF offers an intensive think-tank environment and presents inspiring and devoted performances of modern music, aiming to encourage both appreciation and support for live music and contemporary art. For more information, please contact Andy Bliss.
TBA June 2017. University of South Carolina School of Music.
Application deadline March 14, 2016.
Eligible applicants must be between ages 13 and 18 as of June 20, 2016 and may not have yet matriculated in a degree program at a college or university. Twenty of some of the best pre-college pianists on the piano scene today take part in a rigorous program that includes daily lessons with USC piano faculty, master classes with guest artists and up to five hours of practice a day. The week’s events culminate with the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition, adjudicated by a distinguished panel of judges. Winners of the competition receive cash awards and the opportunity to perform with the South Carolina Philharmonic. For music lovers, the Festival offers nightly concerts by a rich lineup of world-class pianists.
June 18-July 2, 2016
Fulfilling and intensive program, open by audition to talented pianists ages 12-18. Two-week residential camp held on the stunning campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Directed by Amy Dorfman of Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music. Includes private lessons, chamber music coachings, classes, practice time and performing opportunities. A program of one of the nation’s premier orchestra and chamber music festivals.
For more information, please contact Evelyn Loehrlein (931-598-1958) or Amy Dorfman (615-500-4743).
June 18-July 17, 2016
Open to orchestral instrumentalists and pianists ages 12 through graduate school.
Final application deadline March 15, 2016. Apply by February 1st to receive Priority scholarship consideration.
The Sewanee Summer Music Festival offers a fulfilling and intensive program in a transcendent mountain environment. All students participate in private study and masterclasses with outstanding artist-faculty. personalized faculty-coached chamber music. and weekly orchestra performances with world-class conductors. For more information, please contact Evelyn Loehrlein (931-598-1958).
June 26-August 7, 2016
Chamber music at its best! Creative programming and extraordinary, internationally-known musicians are a signature of our Festival, and we have pulled out all the stops for our 35th anniversary. There will be 27 concerts featuring 60 internationally acclaimed musicians, including the Cecilia String Quartet from Canada, Russian violinist Roman Kim, clarinetist Richard Stolzman, the Gary Motley Jazz Trio, the Eroica Trio, and the Emerson String Quartet. All of this and more in the beautiful mountains, with fine dining and art, theatre and film, a free picnic concert, and an ice cream social following the family concert presentation of Peter and the Wolf. For more information, contact William Ransom 826-526-9060.
November 4, 2016
8:30am – 6pm
Performance at 5pm – open to the public
The Bryan Performing Arts Workshop and Festival is a 1-day event on a Saturday that aims to bring talented young artists from East Tennessee and nearby areas together. The workshop includes specialty tracks for instrumentalists, pianists, theatre, and vocalists as well as a large choral ensemble, a choice of music or theatre elective classes, and insight from current collegiate music/theatre majors. The day culminates in a performance which all parents and friends are invited to attend in Rudd Auditorium. Any high school students with a serious interest in the performing arts are welcome to apply. The application is due by October 2 at 5pm.
Instrumental Music Camp for Band and Orchestra Students
TBA June 2017
The University of Evansville Department of Music will host our music camp again this summer. This camp includes band and orchestra programs. Students eligible to join include students who have completed at least one school year in band, orchestra, or similar experience.
For more information, please contact Dr. Garnet Ungar (812) 488-2228.
June 11-16, 2017. Online Registration deadline: April 10th.
Open to students Grades 9-12.
Participants may choose to study classical or jazz piano.
The Belmont Piano Camp offers six days of private lessons, group classes, masterclasses, concerts and other activities on Belmont’s beautiful campus located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee.
For more information, contact Dr. Kristian Klefstad (615-460-8222).
The 7th annual Carson-Newman Piano Master Class for high school students will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Selected students in grades 9-12 will get the opportunity to perform for and receive instruction from Carson-Newman piano faculty. The event will take place in Thomas Recital Hall, located in Tarr Music Center on the campus of Carson-Newman University.
Performers are expected to play from memory and at a high level. Maximum repertoire length is 10 minutes. Please submit the completed application by October 15 for consideration, and note that there is a limit of 12 participants. For questions, you may email email@example.com.
July 10-14, 2017
A Residential and Commuter Camp
Track I: For Young Pianists, Ages 10-12
Track II: For Young Pianists, Ages 13-18
Classical and Jazz studies, featuring master clinicians Esther Park and Sun-A Park (Duo Amadeae), and Grammy Award-winning artist, Justin Stanton. Instruction includes master classes with ETSU faculty and guest artists; theory and improvisation; duos/ensembles; jazz combo class; with lectures on specialty topics; faculty concerts; and daily recreation. Merit scholarships available for qualified students.
For more information, contact Jerilyn Paolini, Camp Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-439-4418.
TBA April 2018, at Vanderbilt University, Blair School of Music
This is a biannual competition. The winners will receive money to facilitate undergraduate study at any NASM-accredited school in Tennessee.
First prize is $10,000, Second Prize is $5,000 and Third Prize is $3,000.
The repertoire requirements are slightly different for 2016 than they were in 2014. Three pieces are required:
1. The first movement of a Beethoven Sonata (except Op. 27, no. 2; Op. 49, nos. 1 & 2, and Op. 79);
2. An Etude by Chopin, Liszt, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Bartok, Stravinsky, Ligeti, or Szymanowski;
3. A work of the student’s choice.
September 22, 2018. The deadline for application is September 3. Wattenbarger Auditorium located in the Bryan Fine Arts Bldg. of Tennessee Tech.
Designed to encourage young pianists, this popular event fosters artistic excellence and gives
students an opportunity to mature as performing artists. The event is supported by local patrons who contribute cash awards to the top four
competitors. The competition is open to students grades 9-12. The rules, requirements and
application are available at the TTU School of Music webpage.
Contact Dr. Catherine Godes for more information.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Application Deadline: October 15, 2016.
Open to selected students grades 9-12. We are pleased to offer this event at no cost to both participants and attendees. It is meant as an opportunity for your students to receive instruction from our faculty and to perform in preparation for other upcoming festivals and competitions. Teachers and parents are encouraged to attend. All participants are invited to a C-N information session & box lunch for potential music majors.
For more information, please contact Dr. Ryan Fogg (865-471-2057).
Early November 2016
High school students interested in music careers, their teachers and parents are invited to spend a day at MTSU attending seminars, music classes, ensemble rehearsals and master classes with School of Music faculty. Participants may also tour MTSU and meet with admissions and financial aid counselors. It’s Free!
January 29, 2017. Application deadline is December 1, 2016.
The 2017 Emory Young Artist Piano Competition is open to pianists ages 13 – 18 residing in the southeastern USA (Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi and Virginia).
First Prize: $1000 plus Concerto Performance Engagement with LaGrange Symphony Orchestra, Richard Prior, Music Director and Conductor
Solo performance at Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta’s Atlanta Young Artists Concert
Second Prize: $500
Third Prize: $300
Audience Prize: $300
Registration deadline October 5th. The Memphis Piano Festival will be held October 20th-22nd at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis. It will feature two competitions one for young musicians 11-17 and college students age 18-30. The weekend will include a workshop with Dr. Kevin Richmond and evening concerts. Competition winners will perform on a winners recital Sunday, October 22nd. This event is co-sponsored by Lane Music.
For online registration: memphis.edu/pianofest
More info: Dr. Cathal Breslin
Dr. Artina McCain
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