School of Music

Keyboard Department

Young Artist Competition for Pre-College Pianists and Organists

Senior Piano Division

Prizes and additional rules


First Prize: $750. The Eleanor Holter Award, donated by Drs. John Holter and Betty Williams of Greenville, NC, in memory of organist Eleanor Holter. First Prize may include an invitation to perform on the Ruggero Fourth Friday Piano Series in Raleigh, NC.

Second Prize: $500. The Henry Husted Wooten Award, donated by Dr. Harriet H. Wooten of Greenville, NC

Third Prize: $350. The Hopper Piano and Organ Company Award, donated by Mr. Vic Barfield of Hopper Piano and Organ Company of Raleigh, NC

East Carolina University Keyboard Alumni Prize: $100.  Donated by ECU School of Music Keyboard Alumna Dr. Bonnie G. Mani in memory of Gloria P. Mani.  Awarded for the most outstanding performance of a single work in the competition

Additional Rules for Senior 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 twenty minutes. There is no minimum time requirement. Contestants will be stopped after 20 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, and contestants will be judged on stage presence as well as the musical and technical aspects of their performance.

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 by April 7, 2017. Notice of receipt of your application will be sent by email between April 7 and April 15, 2017. 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.