The Kilgore College Bach Piano Festival is held each year in order to offer area piano students the opportunity for formal adjudication of an original composition by J.S. Bach. The 2018 Festival will be Saturday, February 3rd on the Kilgore College campus. Auditions will be from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Building, with a list of winners posted Saturday afternoon. Outstanding students will be chosen to perform in the Bach Festival Performers’ Concert at 7:00 p.m. in the Van Cliburn Auditorium. It is the responsibility of the student or teacher to check the posting of selected performers.
Any original composition by J.S. Bach (excluding concerti) is acceptable for the Festival. Music must be memorized. Each student should bring an original copy of the music for the judge. Copied music will not be allowed. Participants will receive a written critique and a certificate of participation. Trophies will be awarded to those selected who play on Saturday’s Performers’ Concert.
Each student entering the Festival should send the following information on a 3 x 5 index card: name, age, telephone number, teacher’s name and mailing address, and title of the composition.
A non-refundable entry fee of $20 and a self-addressed, stamped envelope must accompany each index card. Failure to send in an index card for each student will result in disqualification of the student.
Entries must be postmarked no later than January 19th, 2018. Checks should be made payable to Kilgore College Piano Club. Inquiries and entries should be addressed to Jonathan Kaan, Department of Music & Dance, Kilgore College, 1100 Broadway, Kilgore, Texas 75662-3204.
For more information, please contact Jonathan Kaan.
If you happen to be in the market for a digital piano and are on a budget, then you might want to consider checking out the Williams Symphony Grand piano. Because, Williams has done a good job of redefining affordable elegance with their best-in-class Symphony Grand digital piano.
This micro-grand style, 88-key, graded hammer-action digital piano offers a nice, realistic sound and feel, complemented by your choice of either a luxurious Red Mahogany or an Ebony gloss finish. The newly designed piano keybed also provides an authentic response and playability.
The Williams Custom Sound Library that the Symphony Grand uses is designed around a big collection of high-resolution instruments taken from a famed Italian grand piano sound recording, as well as vintage electric pianos and organs. There are a total of 174 voices, including 128 General MIDI sounds and 46 from Williams’ high-definition Custom Sound Library.
The Williams Symphony Grand also offers realistic piano effects, such as adjustable pedal noise, key noise and a sustain layer that reproduces sympathetic resonance; plus, the Mod/FX feature gives you authentic rotary effects on organs and vibrato on electric pianos. There are 120 Styles in various genres for realtime playback, along with intros, fills, variations and endings for interactive performance.
When it comes to features and compatibility, the Williams Symphony Grand comes through with flying colors. Not only does the Symphony Grand support standard USB MIDI and Audio, but it also includes Bluetooth bi-directional MIDI connectivity computers and tablets — no need for costly cables and adapters. Just pair it up with your MIDI supported device and you’re ready to go.
Also included is a USB Host port that plays MIDI files from a USB thumb-drive. Additional features include split/layer, transpose, four-track recorder, metronome, headphone and stereo out jacks. A stylish matching piano bench is also included. Be sure to watch the videos below as well.
Go to http://williamspianos.com/williams-symphony-grand/ for more info.
When: October 20, 2017 to October 22, 2017
Where: Corpus Christi, TX
About the Event:
The Texas Jazz Festival, the oldest free music festival within the United States of America, will be featuring over 50 bands on three stages over a three day weekend set at Heritage Park in downtown Corpus Christi. Primarily all types of jazz, blues and gospel music will be performed.
The Texas Jazz Festival will also be showcasing many young talented musicians in the high schools and the university jazz bands from across Texas along with other great groups from San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Dallas, McAllen, New York, New Mexico, New Orleans, Florida and elsewhere. From Americas Youngest Jazz Orchestra (Florida, ages 6-12) to Father Frank Coco from New Orleans, they have had so many talented musicians perform at the festival over the years.
The 67th Wideman International Piano Competition will be held Friday through Sunday, December 1st, 2nd & 3rd, 2017 at Centenary College-Hurley School of Music in Shreveport, Louisiana.
The Wideman International Piano Competition, which began in 1950, has been held annually the first weekend of December, at Centenary College-Hurley School of Music.
Outstanding pianists from throughout the United States and foreign countries and from major music schools have been attracted to the Competition. Nationally and Internationally known concert pianists and conductors are chosen to be the judges.
All Contestants must be at least 18 years of age and not older than 28 years of age by December 3, 2017, and they must also be residents of or currently studying in North America.
A contestant may select any piano concerto on the approved list contained in the application form online which may be accessed here. The audition recording must be of the same concerto you plan to play in the competition. All concertos must be memorized. A non-refundable application fee of $100.00 is required in advance. If requested on the application form, an accompanist will be provided by the Competition for an additional $100, paid directly to the Wideman Piano Competition upon notification of competitor selection.
Make checks payable to:
Wideman Piano Competition
1200 Meadowbrook Road, No 39
Jackson, MS 39206
- Submit Application, the $100 fee, required documents, photo, and your performance web link no later than Oct. 13, 2017
- Receive notification of acceptance by Oct. 27, 2017 (and pay $100 accompanist fee if applicable)
- Preliminary Rounds will be on Dec 1st and Dec 2nd, 2017 (40 contestants)
- The Final Round will be on Dec 3rd, 2017 (5-8 contestants)
Competition Awards and Prize Money
Gold Medal $5,000
The William Peyton Shehee & Virginia Kilpatrick Shehee Award
The Gold Medalist also will win several orchestra performances, engagements and recitals with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Emmett Hook Center Texas Street Artist Recital Series in Shreveport, Louisiana, the Noel Foundation, Inc. Chamber Music Series also in Shreveport, Louisiana, the Downtown Piano Works Fine Arts Series in Frederick, Maryland and the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, Illinois.
Silver Medal $3,000
Given by Alice & John Frazier (in memory of Genevieve & Carlton Frazier) and Martha & Bill Smith.
Bronze Medal $1,500
The Magnolia Award given by the family of Marilyn Johnson King
Honorable Mention $1000
Special Awards (2-4) $500
Given by Mrs Pearla T Despot and additional Special Awards are provided by the Glenda Lee Harrison Fund and the Marilyn Willis Fund, both of The Community Foundation.
For assistance or further information, contact
Lester Senter Wilson, DMA
Texas Songwriter U (TxSU), in collaboration with Texas-born singer-songwriter Jack Ingram, the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association and The ASCAP Foundation, will be holding their 4th Annual Texas Songwriter U discovery and development songwriting program this fall.
Texas Songwriter U is an annual songwriting competition, educational workshop and showcase event serving to identify, develop and support the best adult songwriters both in and from Texas, while improving upon the quality and quantity of professional songwriting across our state. The annual program will be held in Austin, November 1st – November 3rd, 2017.
Texas Songwriter U is currently taking applications of all lyrical, musical genres into its 2017 competition. Songwriters have until midnight, Sunday, September 17th, 2017, to submit two songs via upload to TexasSongwriterU.com for consideration.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and either have been born in Texas, currently live in Texas, or lived in Texas for five (5) consecutive years. Applicants may hold a current publishing agreement and TxSU will accept both self-published and co-written songs. A $25 processing fee is required of all contest applicants. The structure for judging individual songwriting talent will rely on industry professionals blindly rating each song.
Finalists will enjoy a two-night stay at Hotel Van Zandt, the boutique Kimpton hotel inspired by Austin’s prolific music scene. All meals will be provided to finalists throughout their stay.
The Texas Songwriter U workshop will start on Thursday, November 2nd and will conclude on Friday, November 3rd at the Gibson Brands Showroom in Austin.
Go here to read more about how to apply for the songwriting contest.
Kawai has introduced the CN37 and CN27 for 2017, the latest additions to the popular CN Series of digital pianos, and successors to the highly successful CN35 and CN25 models. These updated models feature stunning Shigeru Kawai SK-EX and Kawai EX concert grand piano sounds, the class-leading Responsive Hammer III keyboard action, built-in Bluetooth® wireless connectivity, improved Virtual Technician functions and SHS headphone enhancements, and modernized cabinet designs, delivering a new standard in digital piano value and performance.
Piano sound: Shigeru Kawai SK-EX and Kawai EX concert grand pianos reproduced with 88-key sampling
The rich, expressive sound of Kawai’s celebrated grand pianos are at the heart of the new CN Series, two world-class instruments lovingly recorded and faithfully produced using full 88-key stereo sampling: the flagship Shigeru Kawai SK-EX, and the highly-acclaimed Kawai EX. With two distinctive Kawai grand pianos and even a traditional upright readily available, CN37 and CN27 players can explore a variety of different piano sounds, and enjoy the contrasting properties of each.
The new CN Series utilize Kawai’s advanced Progressive Harmonic Imaging technology, with algorithms that reproduce string and damper resonance, and how an acoustic piano’s tonal character changes as dynamics increase. This ensures seamless expression when playing from gentle pianissimo to thunderous fortissimo, without sudden changes in sound. And with an impressive 256 note polyphony, professional players need not worry about held notes ‘dropping out’ unexpectedly during more complicated passages.
Keyboard action: Responsive Hammer III weighted-key action
Connecting the CN Series’ stunning grand piano sounds to the player is the class-leading Responsive Hammer III keyboard. This highly-regarded action features graded hammers that replicate the heavier bass and lighter treble hammers of an acoustic piano, with additional counterweights embedded within the front of each black and white key that assist playing control during pianissimo passages. The CN37 and CN27 utilize a modern triple sensor key detection system for improved repetition speed and responsiveness, allowing a greater range of expressive control from staccato to legato playing. The Responsive Hammer III action is equipped with premium Ivory Touch key surfaces that gently absorb fingertip perspiration to aid playing accuracy, and possess an attractive, natural matte finish that is smooth but not slippery. And underlining Kawai’s rich acoustic piano pedigree, the CN Series’ keyboard even simulates the subtle ‘let-off’ resistance felt when playing the keys of a grand piano very softly, satisfying the expectations of even the most experienced pianist players.
CN37/CN27 New Features & Improvements
Be sure to watch the video below which provides a demonstration of both the CN37 and the CN27 digital pianos.
Being unique among piano competitions from all around the world, the Seattle International Piano Festival and Competition encourages pianists of all ages to seek his or her personal niche and voice, with the freedom to select musical repertoire without specific requirements. The 2017 Seattle International Piano Competition will take place September 29th through October 2nd, featuring incredible aspiring pianists of all ages and skill levels from all parts of the globe.. The 7th bi-annual Seattle International Piano Festival & Competition is being held on the stage of Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall located at 200 University Street, Seattle, Washington.
Aside from the solo piano competition, the festival will include guest recitals, master classes and lectures presented by world-class performers. The Seattle International Piano Festival provides musical opportunities for aspiring pianists, music lovers, and professional musicians. Youth, piano students of universities and conservatories, professional pianists and amateur pianists – all are invited to compete in the annual piano competition to share their original artistry. The deadline for entry is July 7th, 2017.
The more approachable structure of the festival’s bi-annual piano competition also makes it possible for a pianist of any financial status to apply and participate. Most piano competitions require the pianist to travel great distances and live out of a hotel at great personal expense and risk, not knowing whether one will even make it to the final round. A user-friendly piano competition such as this provides the pianist a means to participate without such great cost, knowing that the chances for being awarded a prize are high if one passes the preliminary round.
Complete Competition Rules and Information can be found by clicking on the following website link.
June 3-11, 2017
The Performing Arts Center at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas will be hosting this year’s International Piano Festival. Located at the corner of University Drive and Moon Street, the Performing Arts Center houses both a 400-seat theatre and a 300-seat recital hall, plus a grand lobby, rehearsal space, a scenery shop, staging areas and classrooms.
Participants of the 9-day Texas State International Piano Festival will perform in this modern recital hall and theatre, which will also host performances and master classes by world-renowned guest musical artists.
To learn more about the Texas State International Piano Festival, please be sure to watch the accompanying video below.
For additional information or questions, please contact:
Dr. Jason Kwak
Texas State International Piano Festival
School of Music
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone: (512) 245-3390
May 25 - June 10, 2017
Bass Performance Hall
Fort Worth, Texas USA
ABOUT THE FIFTEENTH VAN CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION
Established back in 1962, the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is widely recognized as “one of the world’s highest-visibility classical-music contests” (The Dallas Morning News) and remains committed to its original ideals of supporting and launching the careers of young pianists between the ages of 18–30. Many months prior to the piano competition, an esteemed panel of judges travels all across the world to hear hundreds of accomplished pianists perform before a live audience. This is one of the few competitions that provides applicants the opportunity to showcase their talent through the intimacy and immediacy of a live concert performance. 30 of the top piano competitors are subsequently selected from these auditions and invited to compete for the coveted Cliburn medals, cash prizes and awards, including three years of commission-free career management valued at over $1.3 million.
THE CLIBURN LIVE
The Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition will also be streaming a live webcast from Fort Worth from May 25–June 10, 2017. The dynamic, multi-camera webcast will bring the Competition to life around the world in real time with over 110 hours of live broadcasts of performances, interview segments, and awards ceremonies over the 17-day period. It will also include hours of other compelling material, including competitor profiles, taped interviews, featurettes on the many aspects of the Competition (including its 1,200 volunteer force), and other behind-the-scene glimpses.
COMPETITION ROUNDS & REPERTOIRE
Preliminary Round (May 25–28, 2017)
30 competitors will perform a 45-minute recital, to include a commissioned work of 4-6 minutes by Marc-André Hamelin
Quarterfinal Round (May 29–30, 2017)
20 competitors will perform a 45-minute recital
Semifinal Round (June 1–5, 2017): 12 competitors in two phases
I. Mozart concerto to be selected from a list with FWSO and conductor Nicholas McGegan
II. 60-minute recital
Final Round (June 7–10, 2017): 6 competitors in two phases
I. Piano quintet selected from a list with Brentano String Quartet
II. Concerto with Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Leonard Slatkin
COMPETITION PRIZE AWARDS
More detailed information about the Cliburn Piano Competition, its various programs, history, previous winners and options to attend this year’s competition in person is available at Cliburn.org.
The David Karp Piano Festival is hosted each year by the Piano Division of Kilgore College. It is an opportunity for all area piano students to prepare and perform for formal adjudication. The 2017 Festival will hold auditions from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 1st in the Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Building. Selected students will perform in a recital at 2:00 p.m. in the Van Cliburn Auditorium.
David Karp, nationally known pianist, composer, educator, lecturer, and author, holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Colorado. Dr. Karp is professor of music and director the National Piano Teachers Institute at the Meadows School of the Arts. He teaches courses at Southern Methodist University in piano performance, composition, theory and aural skills, improvisation, and class piano techniques for the college teacher. His former students are now professionally engaged on college campuses through the United States. He has performed, lectured, and conducted workshops and seminars at many colleges and universities from Alaska to New Hampshire and as far away as Taiwan. In 1993, Dr. Karp was honored with the establishment of the David Karp Piano Festival, an annual event held at Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas, in which over two hundred students perform and are judged on Karp compositions.
A list of selected repertoire for the Festival may be found at Mundt Music in Longview or Tyler, on the Kilgore College website or by clicking here. Students may enter in only one solo category: Division I, II, or III. Soloists may also enter in the Duet Division IV. Required pieces will be performed from memory (excluding duets). An original copy of the music must be provided for the judge. Copied music will not be allowed. Each student will receive an adjudication sheet with a rating and a ribbon. Preliminary judges will select finalists from each division who will perform in a recital on Saturday afternoon in the Van Cliburn Auditorium. At the recital, Dr. Karp will award trophies to first, second, and third place winners in each division. He will be available to autograph music after the recital.
Each student entering the Festival must send the following information on a 3 x 5 index card: name, age, telephone number, piano teacher’s name and mailing address, division entering, and title of composition. A non-refundable entry fee of $18 and a self-addressed, stamped envelope must accompany each index card. Failure to send in an index card for each student will result in disqualification of the student. Entries must be postmarked no later than March 17th, 2017. Checks should be made payable to Kilgore College Piano Club. Inquiries and entries should be addressed to Dr. Mary Heiden, Department of Music & Dance, Kilgore College, 1100 Broadway, Kilgore, Texas 75662-3204. Phone: 903-983-8120.
Greetings to Everyone and A Big Welcome to Infinity Music Studio! My name is Suzanne Brittania. I have been teaching piano and voice lessons for over 40 plus years. It is my hope that you will find all the following information, along with the music videos listed within my blog, to be very interesting, helpful and inspiring all throughout your own musical journey.
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