SOlo Performance Competition

Thursday, July 13, 2017 in Benson Great Hall, Bethel University

**If you wish to be considered for any masterclass, you must arrive on Wednesday, July 12th to audition on Thursday, July 13th, 2017.




Students may also choose to audition for our new Solo Competition Prize! Audition Requirements include 7-15 minutes of Chopin Literature to be included in total audition time of either 15 minutes of Junior Division or 20 minutes of Senior Division. 

First Prize, Senior Division: $1,000 and Full Tuition Scholarship for YAWPF 2018.

First Prize, Junior Division: $500 and Full Tuition Scholarship for YAWPF 2018.

Finalists will perform at a special concert on Thursday, July 13th at the start of our Festival Season. 


1. Guest Artist MastercLAss 

The Guest Artist Masterclass is an important highlight for all. Artistic thoughts and musical principles of our internationally acclaimed guest artist, Sean Chen will be shared with all attendees. The class will be held on stage in Benson Great Hall with the chosen pianists performing for Mr. Chen. 

2. Honors Recital

The Honors Recital features several of the Young Artist World Piano Festival's finest performers in an hour-long piano 'Extravaganza'! Some of the greatest pieces in the piano repertoire will be performed by these young artists, chosen in the competition at the beginning of the Festival. Separate recitals will be held for the two groups: Junior Division: "12 & under" and Senior Division: "12 & over". 

3. Faculty Masterclasses

Two masterclasses will be given by our Special Guest Faculty, Anne Schein, and three additional masterclasses will be presented by the Artist Faculty. Totaling fifteen students, three will perform for each of the two-hour long masterclasses occurring throughout the duration of the festival. 

Audition Requirements

Individual selection of a performance-ready recital piece chosen from the following minimum audition requirements: 
Ages 12 & Under – 15 minute program of at least 2 pieces from 2 style periods.
Ages 12 & Over – 20 minute program of at least 2 pieces from 2 style periods.


1) Age for competitions is based upon age on the first day of the Festival (July 12, 2017)
2) All music for auditions must be memorized.
3) Students may audition for all competitions. However, in the event that a student wins the Concerto Competition and was earlier selected to perform in the Guest Artist Masterclass, an alternate will replace them for the Guest Artist Masterclass since both of these performances occur on the same day. The Concerto winner may be chosen to perform in a masterclass taking place later in the week.
4) No student will be allowed to audition for Thursday competitions without the minimum repertoire requirements outlined above. 


Thursday, July 13th in Benson Great Hall -  audition times will be determined prior to Festival and all participants will be notified via e-mail. 


1. Guest Artist Masterclass with Sean Chen:

Sunday, July 16th, Time TBA. 

2. Honors Recital 

Tuesday, July 18th, 7:30pm for Junior Division: "12 & Under" winners
Thursday, July 20th, 7:30 pm for Senior Division: “12 & Over” winners

3. Faculty Masterclasses: 

Schedule TBA

*All performances will be held in Benson Great Hall.

**The decision of the judges is final and they reserve the right to limit the amount played during an audition. 

Judge your success by your performance - not by the decisions of the judges!
— Artist Faculty and Ms. Lomazov