• Lee University

    Piano Festival

  • Participation Levels


    • Festival and Competition $450
      • Includes tuition, accommodations, & meals
      • Opportunity to play in master classes
      • Admission to all master classes and recitals
      • Compete against talented peers for cash and scholarship awards
      • Optional private lessons (additional fee)
    • Festival Only $350
      • Includes tuition, accommodations, & meals
      • Opportunity to play in master classes.
      • Admission to all master classes and recitals and competition sessions
      • Optional private lessons (additional fee).


    • Festival and Competition $250
      • Includes tuition, accommodations & meals
      • Admission to all master classes and recitals
    • Single Day Pass $25
    • Includes tuition & lunch


    • Festival and Competition $50
      • Includes admission to all events*
    • Single day pass $10
      • Includes admission to daily events*

    Fees waived with five student entries (participants or auditors)*

    Essential Information

    Rules and procedures for the Festival and Piano Competition:

    • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
    • Festival Participants may be of any age or level of experience.
    • Competition is open by audition to all pre-college students who have not graduated from high school as of 1 July 2015.
    • Application must be postmarked by 1 April 2015.
    • Application must include a copy of one of the following: birth certificate or valid state-issued ID. Document must show birth date.
    • Travel to and from Lee University is the responsibility of the participant.
    • Housing and meals are provided for the participants.
    • No Housing is provided for parents or teachers.
    • Likenesses of contestants may be used by Lee University in its promotional materials without contestants’ consent.
    • Lee University and its authorized agents have sole ownership of recordings of this event without obligation to any contestant or any other agency.
    • While on the Lee University campus, contestants agree to abide by its code of conduct.
    • A $50 (US funds), non-refundable application fee must be included with application.

    The following apply to the competition participants only:

    Contestants must meet the following criteria:

    • Competition is open by audition to all pre-college students who have not graduated from high school as of 1 July 2015.
    • Participants who have previously won first prize are not eligible to participate in the Competition.
    • Previous college credit limited to dual enrollment, early admission, and the like.
    • Applications must include two copies of a standard 15-20 minute preliminary audio CD of excellent recording quality that includes two contrasting solo compositions from the standard piano repertoire (no concertos) marked with initials ONLY.
    • All applications will be considered through the preliminary CD round.
    • Questions about repertoire should be directed to the Competition Office. There is to be no talking or other identifying information on the CD. CDs become the property of Lee University and are not returnable.
    • Contestants may repeat repertoire from the preliminary CD to the two live rounds.
    • Contestants may not repeat repertoire between the two live rounds held on campus.
    • Each round of the competition requires the contestant to be prepared to play a minimum of 13 and maximum of 15 minutes of music from memory (Total of 30 minutes of prepared music for the live two rounds)
    • Judges may elect not to hear all repertoire in any round.
    • All decisions of the judges are final and not subject to appeal.
    • Notification of participation (by email or telephone) will be made by April 15, 2015.
    • Finalists must confirm participation (by email or telephone) by May 1, 2015. Failure to confirm will result in disqualification.



    Additional Information on the School of Music

    An institutional, fully-accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music, the Lee University School of Music offers programs of study designed to prepare men and women for the performance and/or instruction of the musical arts. It offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Music in Performance, Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Arts—Church Music Emphasis, and Bachelor of Science in Music—Music Business Emphasis. Some 200 majors are currently studying in two modern facilities that include Squires Recital Hall, a music technology lab, music resource center, and well-equipped classrooms.  

    Contact Information:

    Instrumental Office: (423) 614-8264
    Steering Committee:
    Phillip Thomas, Chair
    Ning An and Gloria Chien
    Mailing Address:
    International Piano Festival and Competition
    Lee University Instrumental Music
    1120 N. Ocoee St.
    Cleveland, TN 37320-3450