School of Music

Keyboard Department

Young Artist Competition for Pre-College Pianists and Organists

Junior Piano Division

Prizes and additional rules


First Prize: $500. The Founder's Prize, donated by competition founder and ECU Professor Emeritus, Dr. Henry Doskey, in memory of his mother, Marguerite Doskey Hampton
First Prize may include an invitation to perform on the ECU Artist Series, Greenville, NC.

Second Prize: $300. The Lalik Prize, donated by Mrs. Annemarie Lalik of Greenville, NC

Third Prize: $200. The East Carolina University Keyboard Department Prize, donated by Dr. Kerry Carlin in memory of Gladys Mae and Edwin Charles Carlin

Additional Rules for Junior Piano Division

Contestants should prepare three solo selections, to be played from memory, chosen using the following guidelines: 

--one selection from the Baroque or Classic eras
--one selection from the Romantic or Impressionistic eras
--one selection from the 20th or 21st centuries

Total playing time for the three selections is twelve minutes. There is no minimum time requirement. Contestants will be stopped after 12 minutes playing time.

Contestants must supply one score of each selection for the judge. Duplicated copies will be allowed if parents are willing to sign a waiver (available at the registration table upon check in).

The competition will be open to the public.

All contestants are encouraged to stay for the day if possible. Results of the competition will be announced within 45 minutes after the competition ends.Winners will also be announced by email to all contestants.

Each contestant will receive the judge’s written comments and evaluation at the conclusion of the competition. Any contestant who is not able to stay until the end of the competition will receive the comment sheet by email attachment.

The judge’s decision will be final.

Completed application form and non-refundable registration fee of $40.00 must be postmarked on or before March 31, 2018. Application period may be closed earlier if all auditions have been secured. A limited number of auditions will be assigned in order of receipt of the applications. Subsequent applicants will be put on a wait list.

Notice of receipt of your application will be sent by email.

Make checks payable to "The East Carolina University Piano and Organ Competition."

Any contestant who requires an overnight stay in Greenville in order to participate in the competition should access or visit any of the many online hotel booking services.