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The annual High Point University 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 a Saturday in September each year.
The selected three finalists invited to compete at the final round of the competition are required to provide their own housing off campus. The finalists are responsible for additional expenses incurred during the competition. Practice facilities will be provided by High Point University Music Department.
Contestants must supply at least one score of the music selections for the judges during the final competition.
Each finalist will present a 55-minute recital on the competition day. 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.
All finalists are required to attend the final recital and awards ceremony. Winners will be announced and checks will be presented during the awards ceremony immediately following the winners’ recital. Results of the competition will be published on the competition website.
The judge’s decision will be final. Contestants, parents, and teachers may not make contact with the judges until after the competition. The High Point University Piano Competition reserves the right not to award certain prizes if no performance warrants it.
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Prescreening recording (25-30 minutes):
A sonata-allegro movement from a classical sonata
One etude of virtuosity
One or two additional pieces of the applicant’s choice
Final Recital (55 minutes):
A complete sonata or set of variations by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, or Schubert
A larger 19th-century work
A 20th or 21st century composition
Additional repertoire of the applicant’s choice must be approved by the HPU music faculty
No original compositions are allowed
Applicants must between the ages of 18 to 28.
Applicants must reside in the United States of America or its territories.
First Prize: $10,000
Second Prize: $5,000
Third Prize: $3,000
The application is available here and must be completed no later than July 1 of the competition year.
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.
A screening jury from the HPU Department of Music piano faculty will review all applications and video submissions and then select three finalists and one alternate, who will be invited to compete on the day of the final competition.
Video submissions should include one virtuosic etude, one sonata movement, and one or two additional pieces of the applicant’s choice. The video submission must be filmed with the pianist’s face and hands in the frame at all times. All works must be performed in their entirety. Repeats are at the applicant’s discretion.
Please provide a detailed program along with the recordings online or through email. If you submit one combined YouTube recording for all the music selections, please indicate the specific time of the recording for each piece and movements. Recordings must be current.