Young Artist Piano Competition

Murray State hosts the First Annual Young Artist Piano Competition for Pre-College Students.

Event:  Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. 

Registration deadline: Sept. 28, 2018


Pianists Grades 9 through 12 residing in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Tennessee.


  • First Prize-  $500
  • Second Prize - $300
  • Third Prize - $200

In addition to the cash awards, prize winners are automatically considered for a Department of Music scholarship, to be applied toward undergraduate piano study at Murray State University.  (Note: All Music Scholarship recipients receive in-state tuition.)  

Students must meet eligibility requirements by submitting both an admissions and scholarship application to Murray State University. (Deadline for high school seniors: January 15, 2019.)

Repertoire Requirements

All music must be performed from memory. Contestants will be allowed 15 minutes of total playing time on the day of the competition.

  1. Baroque: A contrapuntal work by J.S. Bach, one or more movements from a Baroque suite by J.S. Bach or Handel, or a sonata by Scarlatti or Soler.
  2. Classical: A movement from a sonata, or a work of equivalent scope, from the Classical Period. Composers include, but are not limited to, Clementi, Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven. Repeats are not necessary.
  3. Romantic or Contemporary: Any significant work or movement(s) from a larger work.

*Piano concerti, duets/chamber works, sonatinas, and works for prepared piano are not permitted.

Application Materials

  • Application Fee of $50. Once you have completed the Online Application, you will submit payment of the non-refundable application fee via credit card.
  • Application materials must be submitted by Friday, September 28, 2018.


Location and Venue

The competition will be held in the Performing Arts Hall on the Murray State University campus. The Performing Arts Hall is housed within the Old Fine Arts Building, on the second floor. Please refer to the Murray State Campus Map.

Travel and Accommodations

Travel to and from the competition, as well as any necessary accommodations, is the responsibility of the contestants.


Dr. Matthew Gianforte
Associate Professor

This competition is made possible with generous support from the Gary and Barbara Morgan Keyboard Studies Fund for Excellence.