• There is no age requirement for the Piano Festival. The Piano Competition is divided into the Pre-College Division of Competition and the Collegiate Division of Competition. The Pre-College Division is open by audition to all student who have not graduated from high school as of 10 June 2016. The Collegiate Division of Competition is open by audition to all college students who have not completed a bachelor’s degree as of 10 June 2016.

    Participation Levels

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

    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.
    • Pre-college Division of Competition is open by audition to all students who have not graduated from high school as of 10 June 2016.
    • Collegiate Division of Competition is open by audition to all college students who have not completed a bachelor’s degree as of 10 June 2016.
    • Application must be postmarked by 1 April 2016.
    • 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:

    • Pre-college Division of Competition is open by audition to all students who have not graduated from high school as of 10 June 2016 (Previous college credit limited to dual enrollment, early admission, and the like).
    • Collegiate Division of Competition is open by audition to all college students who have not completed a bachelor’s degree as of 10 June 2016.
    • Participants who have previously won first prize are not eligible to participate in the Competition.
    • 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, 2016.
    • Finalists must confirm participation (by email or telephone) by May 1, 2016. Failure to confirm will result in disqualification.
     

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2/13
Honor Choir Concert
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2/14
Chamber Strings Concert
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2/15
School of Music Major Auditions
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School of Music Major Auditions
For more information, please contact McKenna Fetzer at mfetzer@leeuniversity.edu
2/15
Faculty Recital: Ronda Ford, flute & Bill Pritchard, tuba
Begins at 7:30 PM | Read more

Squires Recital Hall - Humanities Center
Faculty Recital: Ronda Ford, flute & Bill Pritchard, tuba

1250 Parker Street NE

Ronda Ford, flute, & Bill Pritchard, tuba, will present a faculty recital featuring works by Bach, Martin, Bimstein, and the Beatles.

2/20
Masterclass: Alex Karpeyev, piano
Begins at 3:00 PM | Read more

Squires Recital Hall - Humanities Center
Masterclass: Alex Karpeyev, piano
The masterclass is a free, non-ticketed event and everyone is welcome to attend. Squires Recital Hall is located in Lee University’s Humanities Center on Parker Street.
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