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Student pianists in ninth through 12th grade are invited to enter Tennessee Tech University’s sixth annual Young Artist Piano Competition.

Entries must be postmarked by Monday, Sept. 30.

The competition is designed for the best young pianists in the state to test their skills and talents against one another. The top prize is the $600 S.K. Ballal Award. Second place receives the $500 Dave M. McCall Award and third place gets the $350 Rodney L. Carlson Award. Fourth place will get the $250 Hope High Award.

The competition is Oct. 19 in TTU’s Wattenbarger Auditorium in the Bryan Fine Arts Building, 1150 N. Dixie Ave.

Each performer must play two works of contrasting style from the standard piano repertoire. Memorization is required. Popular music is not allowed, and the performance should not exceed 20 minutes.

The application must include a $50 check, made payable to Tennessee Tech University, and a teacher’s letter of recommendation.

The competition will be streamed live at

The application and additional information is at