Young pianists interested in competing in the Tennessee Tech Young Artist Piano Competition can apply now through Sept. 15. Competitors will take the stage of the Wattenbarger Auditorium in the Bryan Fine Arts Building Saturday, Oct. 7 for the 12th annual competition.
The competition, for students in grades nine through 12, offers cash prizes, and, more valuable to the students, the experience of performing on stage under the critique of highly knowledgeable judges.
“This competition has continued to grow and the caliber has improved,” said event coordinator and Tech piano professor Catherine Godes. “It has become one of the top musical events in the state.”
Participants are selected through an application process, which can be found at www.tntech.edu/music and requires a letter of recommendation from their piano instructor. They will perform two memorized works of contrasting style.
“For young pianists, it is important to have a resume and being a part of competitions like this one is part of that,” Godes said. “The critiques that competition judges can give these students are very valuable.”
Plus, it is an opportunity to showcase some of the finest young musical talents in the region, and gives the students an opportunity to mature as performing artists.
To apply or for more information, contact Godes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The performances are open to the public and begin at 10 a.m. on Oct. 17.
Wattenbarger Auditorium is in the Bryan Fine Arts Building, 1150 N. Dixie Ave.