PracticeToProsper/Van Dyke Piano Studio 


Competitions are designed for the advanced students capable of performing at the highest level. A winner is often named and cash awards may be awarded. There are many events that are available to students who perform at this level. Here are a few local events that are popular

David D. Dubois Piano Festival and Competition

  • Feb. 15-17, 2019, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
  • Preliminary Prescreening tapes due by Jan. 15, 2019
  • Semifinalists will be invited to compete at BGSU on Feb. 16, 2019
  • Finals will be scheduled for Feb. 17, 2016
  • There is an entry fee associated with this event
  • International Competition: Top Prize $3000.00


Music Teacher’s National Conference National Competition

  • Ohio Preliminaries, Oct. 13-14, 2018 at UC-CCM, Cincinnati, OH
  • East Central Division, Semi-Finals, On-line Video Submission
  • Nationals, March 16-18, 2019 at the National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Entry Deadline: September 12, 2018 at 3:00 PM
  • Junior Division (ages 11-14), Entry Fee $80, Top Prize $1000
  • Senior Division (ages 15-18), Entry Fee $110, Top Prize $2000
  • 20-30 minute program to consist of two contrasting pieces from different eras.


Overture Awards

  • Regionals, Jan. 26, 2019 at Mount St. Joseph University Theater
  • Semi-finals, Feb. 9, 2019 at Jarson Kaplan Theater, Aronoff Center in Cincinnati
  • Finals, March 9, 2019 at Jarson Kaplan Theater, Aronoff Center in Cincinnati
  • Sponsored by the Cincinnati Arts Association, Entry Fee $20.00
  • Instrumental Division, students must be in grades 9-12
  • Top prize $4000.00, all finalists get $1000.00
  • Students perform one selection from memory, must be less than five minutes


Pre-Collegiate Buckeye Competition

  • Southwest District Competition, April 26-27, 2018, Fees and Location TBD
  • Finals, June 7-8, 2019, Malone University, Canton, OH
  • Elementary Division, ages 9-11, performs 5-10 minute program
  • Junior Division, ages 12-14, performs 6-12 minute program
  • Senior Division, ages 15-18, performs 9-18 minute program
  • Movement from a classical sonata required in the Senior Division
  • All contestants must perform at least two pieces from different eras

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