Piano Competition

The piano competition will be held April 10 & 11, 2019 at the Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center (11151 Colorado Blvd, Thornton, CO 80233).  Auditions will be held on March 15 and 16 at the Summit Grove Building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (3501 Summit Grove Parkway).

If you are new to the festival, please refer to the Young Artists Festival Program Overview.


Beginner Division: Up to age 11 as of March 15, 2019

Junior Division: Ages 12-13 as of March 15, 2019

Intermediate Division: Ages 14-15 as of March 15, 2019

Senior Division: Ages 16 – High School Seniors as of March 15, 2019

*Students planning to participate are expected to perform at an early intermediate repertoire (i.e., Clementi’s Sonatina Op. 36, No. 1 or selections from the Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook).

*Festival administrators may combine or add divisions as they deem appropriate (i.e. Beginner Level A and Beginner Level B).  Should a student be awarded first place in a Level A division, they must participate in Level B division the following year.


All pianists will be asked to perform two memorized selections from contrasting musical styles/time periods including Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic and Contemporary. Selections must be from recognized classical composers.  Only music originally written for solo piano will be allowed. Students are encouraged to use the urtext editions for competition entries. No arrangements or simplifications will be considered.  Students may not enter selections they have performed in a previous Young Artists Festival.

Time Limits:

Beginner: 8 minutes

Junior: 10 minutes

Intermediate: 12 minutes

Senior: 15 minutes

*Students are asked to cut repeats unless essential to their musical performance.  Multiple movements of a selection are permitted within the time limit considerations.


Auditions will be held on Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16 at the Summit Grove Building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (3501 Summit Grove Parkway). Specific audition times will be scheduled by Saturday March 9 (you may indicate a preferred Friday evening, Saturday morning, or Saturday afternoon audition time when you register).  When complete, the audition schedule will be posted on this website.  The judge will give a brief oral critique during the audition and written comments will be provided following the audition. Teachers and close family members may observe the audition.

Finalists will be posted online by Monday March 18.

*Students who are not selected for the final competition are invited to participate in the non-competitive recitals held Saturday April 13 from 1-4 pm at no extra cost.

Final Competition

Finalists will perform for a panel of judges on April 10 or 11 at the Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center (11151 Colorado Blvd, Thornton, CO 80233). Final competitions are open to the public at no charge.  Judges will select award winners to perform at the Final Concert and Awards Ceremony April 13 at 6:30 pm at Skyview High School (8990 York Street, Thornton, CO 80229).


Senior Intermediate Junior Beginner
1st Place $400 $200 $100 $50
2nd Place $200 $100 $50 $25
3rd Place $100 $75 $25 $15


The registration deadline is March 1, 2019 ($30).  Late registration will be available through March 7 ($40).  Please take time to go through the following checklist to make sure that you have all the information you need prior to registering.

Verify that your performance selections meet the criteria. Check the title and composer for spelling accuracy.
Time your performance.
Draft your program bio (a few sentences about your background, other performing arts areas of study, hobbies, interests, long-term goals).
Be ready to choose from the following audition time frames: Friday Evening, March 15; Saturday Morning, March 16; or Saturday Afternoon, March 16.
Decide on your payment method. Have your credit card ready or you may mail your check to the following address: Young Artists Alliance, P.O. Box 807, Eastlake, CO 80614

IMPORTANT: As you register the first name should be the credit card holder. The second name should be the student.

If you can complete the checklist above you are ready to register:

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