David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences

Junior Piano Competition


The Fifth Annual High Point University International Piano Competition

is pleased to announce the 2nd

North Carolina Junior Piano Competition

September 7, 2019

The Fifth Annual High Point University International Piano Competition, funded by the Randall Thomas Johnson Trust, will be held on the campus of High Point University in High Point, North Carolina. The final round of the piano competition and the awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.

The North Carolina Junior Piano Competition is designed to inspire young musicians in North Carolina to strive for the highest level of musicianship and technical accomplishment in piano performance. The competition is open to any pre-college students aged 14-18 who study or reside in the state of North Carolina.



• The North Carolina Junior Piano Competition is open to all pre-college students between the ages of 14 and 18, who study or reside in North Carolina.

• Because this is a pre-college competition, students who meet the age requirements but are enrolled in a college or university degree program are ineligible.

Rules for Pre-College Division:

Repertoire Requirements:

Contestants should prepare three solo selections, to be played from memory, chosen using the following categories

• One selection from the Baroque or Classic eras

• One selection from the Nineteenth Century

• One selection from the Twentieth or Twenty First Century

General Rules:

1. The application is available here and must be completed no later than July 1 of the competition year.

2. Completed application form and non-refundable registration fee of $25 must be postmarked by July 1, 2019. Please check the Junior Piano Competition box to ensure correct registration online.

3. Total playing time for the three selections should be between 15 and 25 minutes. Contestants may be stopped after 15 minutes of playing time during the final competition.

4. There is an online prescreening round for this competition due to the number of submissions. Please submit a high quality video/audio recording of the repertoire through Youtube links.

5. The final round of the piano competition and the awards ceremony will take place on a Saturday in September each year.  The selected finalists will be invited to perform at final competition on campus on Sep. 7, 2019.

6. Additional expenses incurred during the competition are at the finalists’ expense. Practice facilities will be provided by High Point University Music Department.

7. Contestants must supply one score of each selection for the judges during the final competition.

8. The competition will be open to the public and contestants will be judged on stage presence as well as the musical and technical aspects of their performance.

9. All finalists are required to attend the final recital and award ceremony. Winners will be announced and checks will be presented during the award ceremony immediately following the winners’ recital. Results of the competition will be published on the competition website.

10. The judges’ decision will be final. Contestants, parents, and teachers may not make contact with the judges until after the competition.

11. Former first place winners may not enter in the same division again.

The High Point University Piano competition reserves the right not to award certain prizes if no performance warrants it.


Prizes and Scholarship Awards:

First Prize: $400

Second Prize: $200

Third Prize: $100

Scholarship amounts to High Point University to be determined by the Department of Music.

Contact Information:

If you have questions regarding the Carolina Junior Piano Competition, please contact:

Dr. Wei Jiao,

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