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The fourth annual Tennessee Tech University Young Artist Piano Competition will be held Oct. 8 and musicians are encouraged to start practicing now.

Applications are due Sept. 16; the competition will be at 10 a.m. in the Wattenbarger Auditorium on the TTU campus. Performers must be in grades 9 through 12 and will perform one movement from a Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven sonata and an additional work from the standard piano repertoire in a style contrasting from the 18th century.

TTU director of piano studies Catherine Godes will host the competition. Godes started the competition in honor of her late husband, Herman, who was the artist in residence at West Virginia University for 30 years and always wanted to start a competition for young pianists.

“We devoted our lives to the artistic and technical development of young pianists,” Godes said. “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.”

The first competition was held in 2008, with the help of TTU biology professor S. K. Ballal and local pianist Hope High.

“The choice of music as a career is exciting and worthwhile,” she said. “It is a career that lasts a lifetime.”

The winner of the competition will receive the Herman Godes Award and $1,000. The runner up will receive the S. K. Ballal Award and $500. Second place will win the Hope High Award and $250.

To apply, go to For more information, contact Godes at or 931/372-3715.