TTU young artist piano competition accepting applications through Sept. 18

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (June 18, 2009) – Applications are being accepted through Sept. 18 for the Young Artist Piano Competition at Tennessee Tech University, which is open to high school pianists from across the state.
Contestants will be notified of their acceptance and performance times by Sept. 28, and the competition will be held Oct. 10 in the Wattenbarger Auditorium of TTU’s Bryan Fine Arts Building.
“Our purpose for establishing this competition is to try to encourage young people to develop an interest in classical music,” said S.K. Ballal, a biology professor at TTU and an organizer of the piano competition.
“Not only does such an activity enhance their artistic talents,” he continued, “but the academic program in music at TTU has a rich tradition, and we want to do what we can to showcase it.”
Students participating in the competition must perform a complete movement from a sonata by composers Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven and any other piece from the standard piano repertoire in a style contrasting with that of their first performance.
Memorization is required, and each participant will be allotted 15 minutes of performance time.
Contest entries must include a teacher’s letter of recommendation and an application fee of $25. Checks should be made payable to TTU.
A grand prize of $500 will be presented to the winner of the competition’s Ballal Award. The runner-up will win the $300 Herman Godes Award, named in memory of internationally acclaimed pianist and husband of TTU piano instructor Catherine Godes, another competition organizer.
Graduating seniors participating in the competition may also be considered for TTU piano scholarships.
It’s open to students in grades 9-12 from across the state.
TTU’s music and art department has been a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1967. Its bachelor of music degree is offered in either music performance or music education.
For more information about the Young Artist Piano Compeition, call or e-mail Godes at 931/372-3715 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it