TTU Young Artist Piano Competition encourages artistic mastery

The third annual Tennessee Tech University Young Artist Piano Competition will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9, in Wattenbarger Auditorium located in the Bryan Fine Arts Building.

Seated at the piano is last year’s competition winner Kevin Wang. Behind him are runner-up, Joshua Davis, S.K. Ballal and Catherine Godes.
Open to high school pianists, entrants must perform one movement from a sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven and one additional work from the standard piano repertoire in a style contrasting from the 18th century. Each program must be memorized.

The winner will receive the Herman Godes Award and $1,000; the runner-up will receive the S.K. Ballal Award and $500.

A teacherʼs letter of reference must accompany the application as well as a $25 registration fee. The application is available online.

According to Catherine Godes, director of piano studies at TTU and organizer of the competition: "My late husband Herman Godes and I devoted our lives to the artistic and technical development of young pianists. As artist-in-residence at West Virginia University for 30 years, Herman was a legendary teacher and performer who was responsible for the successful careers of dozens of pianists. One of his wishes was to establish an event that would inspire young pianists to achieve artistic mastery and maturity as musicians. With the generous help from TTU biology professor S.K. Ballal, his dream was realized with the establishment of this competition.

"It is my hope that this event will inspire young pianists in the region to work hard and to use the piano as an instrument of musical communication. I encourage all serious and dedicated high school pianists to participate in this worthwhile endeavor. I also encourage students to consider piano study at the college level. Our department of music at TTU is outstanding, and the education offered to our students is one of the finest in the state. The choice of music as a career is exciting and worthwhile; it is a career that lasts a lifetime."

The deadline for application is Sept. 17. The competition is open to the public.

For more information, contact Godes at 931-372-3715 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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