Piano Competition

The piano competition will be held April 13, 14 and 15, 2021 at the Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center (11151 Colorado Blvd, Thornton, CO 80233).  No auditions are required in 2021.  Students will receive notification of  the date and time for their performance.

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, 2021

Junior Division: Ages 12-13 as of March 15, 2021

Intermediate Division: Ages 14-15 as of March 15, 2021

Senior Division: Ages 16 – High School Seniors as of March 15, 2021

*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.  In most years, students may not enter selections they performed in a previous Young Artists Festival.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and cancellation of the 2020 Young Artists Festival, however, for 2021, students may enter selections which were prepared and registered for the 2020 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.


No auditions will be held in 2021.  Students will be accepted into the Festival if their repertoire meets acceptable criteria.


Students will perform for a panel of judges on April 13, 14 or 15 at the Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center (11151 Colorado Blvd., Thornton, CO 80233).  Limited audience participation will be available.  Adams County and Carpenter Recreation Center guidelines will be followed.


  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 8, 2021 ($30).  Late registration will be available through March 11 ($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).
  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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