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2013 Young Artists Piano Competition and Festival








2010 Young Artist award recipient Rachel Robin performs with the DePauw Symphony Orchestra on the Concerto Competition Winners' Concert (April 14, 2013).


The next competition will be held on November 9, 2013.


All students in Grades 9-12 


1st Place   $500 and a scholarship of up to $25,000 for undergraduate studies in piano at DePauw
2nd Place   $250 and a scholarship of up to $20,000 for undergraduate studies in piano at DePauw 
3rd Place   $100 and a scholarship of up to $15,000 for undergraduate studies in piano at DePauw 


Two solo compositions of contrasting styles and periods, not to exceed a total of 15 minutes playing time. Individual movements or sets of movements from a larger work may be used. All pieces must be memorized.


1. Completed application form
2. A high quality CD recording of two contrasting works, which may be different from those performed on the competition day. A DVD recording may be submitted in leu of a CD but please ascertain the audio quality.  
3. Letter of recommendation from the applicant's current piano teacher
4. Non-refundable application fee of $40, plus $15 fee per guest to cover lunch and the concert, payable to DePauw University. 

Application deadline:

All applications must be postmarked by October 1, 2013.
Notification of acceptance into the competition will be sent via email by October 31, 2013. 


Maureen Carkeek and Claude Cymerman, with guest juror Joel Harrison, artistic director and president of the American Pianists Association.

festival Schedule:

9 a.m.  Young Artist Piano Competition (Thompson Recital Hall)
Noon   Lunch (Green Center Great Hall)
2 p.m.  Recital: May Phang (Thompson Recital Hall)
            Naming of the winner: D. Mark McCoy, dean, School of Music, DePauw University 
            Opportunity to confer with judges
3 p.m.  Master class: May Phang (Thompson Recital Hall)
4 p.m.  Optional campus tour or visit to DePauw Nature Park (weather permitting)
5 p.m.  Free time, dinner on your own
7 p.m. Recital: Sean Chen, Crystal Award-winner in the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and 2013 recipient of the American Pianists Association's DeHaan Classical Fellowship. The concert will open with a performance by the grand prize winner in the Young Artist Piano Competition, announced earlier in the day. 


A special rate of $99/night is available to festival participants at The Inn at DePauw:

The Inn at DePauw & Event Center 
2 West Seminary Street • Greencastle, Indiana 46135
Phone: (765) 658-1000 • Fax: (765) 653-4833

For more information, contact:

Young Artists Competition 
(765) 658-4437

Mail Materials to:  

Young Artists Competition
Attn: Jennifer Soster
DePauw University School of Music
605 S. College Avenue
Greencastle, IN  46135