School of Music

Keyboard Department

Young Artist Competition for Pre-College Pianists and Organists

East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Piano Competition: April 29, 2017
Organ Competition: March 17, 2018

The East Carolina University Young Artist Competition for Pre-College Pianists and Organists is designed to inspire young musicians in our region to strive for the highest level of musicianship and technical accomplishment in piano and organ performance. The piano competition is open to students aged 11-18 of any teacher of piano within the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia; the organ competition is open to any pre-college student in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida.

The piano competition and awarding of prizes will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2017, with pianists in both Junior and Senior Divisions performing at ECU's Fletcher School of Music. Contestants in both divisions perform on Steinway concert grands.

The organ competition, which will take place on March 17, 2018, offers organ competitors the opportunity to perform on the Perkins and Wells Memorial Organ, C.B. Fisk, Op. 126, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, which borders the ECU campus. The competition will be judged by two highly qualified, professional organists, and generous cash prizes are offered. A concert by past competition winner Katherine Johnson will officially open the competition weekend the evening of March 16, 2018.

Contact info:

Piano Competition, Dr. Kerry Carlin,
Organ Competition, Mr. Andrew Scanlon,

Sponsorship of the East Carolina University Piano and Organ Competition for Pre-College Students comes completely from private donations. Persons who are interested in funding a prize or supporting the operating expenses of the competition through a tax-deductible contribution may contact Dr. Kerry Carlin at (252) 328-6257 or

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