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  • High school students are invited to participate in the fifth annual Young Artists Piano Competition.
  • Applications must be postmarked Sept. 10.

For the fifth year in a row, pianists in grades 9 through 12 will test their skills against the best in their age group at Tennessee Tech University’s Young Artist Piano Competition.

Highlighting the best young pianists in the state, the top three performers will receive cash prizes. First place will win the Herman Godes Award of $1,000. Second place will receive the S.K. Ballal Award of $500 and third place will win the $250 Hope High Award.

The competition will be Saturday, Oct. 13, in Wattenbarger Auditorium of the Bryan Fine Arts building at TTU.

Each performer must play one complete movement of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven and any other piece from the standard piano repertoire in a contrasting style from the sonata movement. Each artist will have 20 minutes to play, and memorization is required.

Applications must be postmarked by Monday, Sept. 10. The application must include a teacher’s letter of recommendation and a check for $50, made payable to Tennessee Tech University. The application is available at

Send applications to TTU Young Artist Piano Competition, c/o Catherine Godes, TTU Department of Music, P.O. Box 5045, Cookeville, TN 38505-0001.

Contact Catherine Godes, competition organizer, for more information at"> or (931) 372-3715.