The Department of Fine Arts at Mississippi Valley State University will present its Eighteenth Annual Piano Festival on Saturday, April 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on MVSU campus.
The Piano Festival will consist of a series of events for both elementary and advanced piano students and is being held to increase awareness in the Mississippi Delta and surrounding areas of the value and importance of piano study throughout childhood and beyond.
The Festival schedule is as follows:
Piano students ranging from kindergarten through junior high school may enter this event. Older beginners may also participate.
NOTE: Students will perform selections from the classical piano repertoire and will be rated and given written evaluations.
Special recognition will be given to non-competitive Festival students who received superior ratings for their performances.
NOTE: Parents, friends, and fellow students are invited to attend this event.
MVSU Music Open Auditions
MVSU music faculty will hold an open audition for piano students who would like to be considered for music scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year. Students who are awarded full scholarships will receive tuition, fees, and room and board at Mississippi Valley State University.
Young Artist Competition
This competition is for grades 9 through community college. Students will perform at least two compositions from different periods. The first prizewinner will receive a cash award of $500, second place will receive $400, third place will receive $300, and the fourth will receive $200. Honorable Mention awards of $100 each will also be given at the discretion of the festival judge.
NOTE: Younger students with appropriate repertoire may also enter the competition with the permission of the festival director.
An awards ceremony will be held immediately following the judging. Awards, certificates, and the cash prizes will be given at that time. In addition to the cash awards, all winners of the Young Artist Competition will be eligible to receive full music scholarships to MVSU, which will include complete tuition, fees and room and board.
This year’s festival is being co-sponsored by Bank of Commerce, Charles Hall Studio, Cowan Music, Greenwood Junior Auxiliary, Greenwood Matinee Musicale, Greenwood Rotary Club, Hays Piano Tuning, Mrs. Henri E. Lowe, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Planters Bank, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and Wal-Mart.
For further information and an application, contact Dr. Lawrence Goldman, Director, MVSU Piano Festival, 14000 Hwy. 82W #7255, Itta Bena, MS 38941, (662) 254-3681. The application postmark deadline for participants is April 10.