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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Dear Piano Teachers and Student Participants:

I am pleased to announce Northwestern Piano Festival 2014, an event-filled day for pre-college piano students sharing their talent in performances, masterclass workshops, and competition.  This year’s Festival will be held on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma.  The Northwestern Piano Festival aims to celebrate young pianists’ musical achievements, further their progress, and engage their work in a setting devoted to piano performance and learning.  All pre-college piano students are welcome to join!

The Festival consists of two components:  masterclass instruction and adjudicated competition, both open to the public.  The masterclass is designed for students of all age levels desiring to receive instruction from an expert pianist-teacher; sessions last 10 minutes for elementary students and 15 minutes for middle/high school students.  Masterclass participants receive friendly, expert instruction to deepen their pianistic and musical development; because of the profound educational benefits of masterclass instruction, all pianists are encouraged to engage this hands-on learning opportunity.   The competition component is designed for students in grades 5 through high school level who also desire a competitive arena of juried performance and written adjudications.  Quality, skill, and caliber of piano performance will be judged at the highest levels in each age category of competition, with winners selected to perform in the post-lunch Afternoon Winners' Concert at Herod Hall Auditorium.  For any event entered, performers may play up to three pieces memorized, with a maximum allotted time of 8 minutes; performers must provide a published copy of all music performed, with measure numbers marked on the left side of each stave in the score. Photocopied music is prohibited, except as specified in the Federal Copyright Act.

Online registration for the Piano Festival may be accessed by clicking on the Registration Form link at  The due date for registration is Saturday, March 1, 2014. Enrollment may be limited, and participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Elementary students from age 6 onwards may register for the elementary division masterclass event; grade 5 students may additionally enter the junior division competition.  Middle (grades 5-8) and high school students (grades 9-12) may register for both or either the competition and masterclass events; for competition registration, middle school students enter at the junior level division and high school students at the senior division level.  NEW:  Pieces played for a masterclass session this year must be different pieces than those entered in a competition.  Please complete separate online registrations for each event entered, and send in fees by mail.

Fees for registration, masterclass, and competition events are as follows: 

  1. Required one-time registration fee for each individual participating in the Festival is $5.
  2. Masterclass participant fee is $15 for elementary division; $20 for junior/senior divisions (very limited enrollment).
  3. Competition participant (grades 5-12) fee is $18. 

Fees must be posted by regular mail to Dr. Sarah Chan, Director of Northwestern Piano Festival, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Department of Fine Arts, 709 Oklahoma Blvd., Alva, OK 73717.  Please make checks payable to "Northwestern Piano Festival". 

Finalized times of events will be posted on the Northwestern Piano Festival website approximately one and a half weeks prior to the festival.  Please check the website, along with possible correspondence to email addresses that you and/or your teacher provide.  I look forward to seeing you at Northwestern Piano Festival 2014, and encourage you to invite your fellow student pianists to participate.  Should you need, feel free to contact me at (580) 327-8690 or


Dr. Sarah Chan

Director, Northwestern Piano Festival