e-Piano Junior Festival
Welcome to the e-Piano Junior Festival 2019!
How to apply:
You may also fill out application form online.
The e-Piano Junior Festival that we started in the summer of 2008 has proven to be a great success, and this year we are continuing our eleven-year tradition with the e-Piano Junior Festival 2019. Our goal this year to expand and improve on the festival, and we are very happy to introduce a number of new and unusual events for all our participants.
First and foremost, the e-Piano Junior Festival (July 9-12, 2019) and e-Piano Junior Competition (July 7-13, 2019) will be inspirational for all. The goal of these events is to promote excellence in classical piano performance tradition, and to provide formative experiences for active participants and observers.
As it was in the past, all events of the e-Piano Junior Festival, as well as all performances of the e-Piano Junior Competition, are free. We are able to do this due to our collaboration with the University of Minnesota School of Music and Minnesota Music Teachers Association.
e-Piano Junior Festival: Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the e-Piano Junior Festival?
A. The e-Piano Junior Festival is an event that is created for the benefit of our local young aspiring pianists and their teachers and parents. It will take place on July 9-12, 2019 at the University of Minnesota. This event will consist of master classes given by the members of the International Jury of e-Piano Junior Competition, The Art of Dance, the Great e-Piano Singalong. Here is the tentative schedule of events:
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 – 9:00AM – 3:00PM
- Festival Opening – Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall (LURH)
- Masterclass #1 – LURH
- Lunch (BYOF) – Room 280
- Masterclass #2 - LURG
- The Art of Dance – Location TBD. Experience music through movement with help from young dancers from Dance With Us America Studio
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 – 9:00AM – 11:00AM
(Competition Semi-Final performances begin at 12:00 at TMCH)
- Masterclass #3 - LURG
Thursday, July 11, 2019 – 9:00AM – 11:00AM
(Competition Semi-Final performances begin at 12:00 at Ted Mann Concert Hall)
- Masterclass #4 - LURG
Friday, July 12, 2019 – 9:00AM – 3:00PM
- Masterclass #5 - LURH
- Masterclass #6 - LURH
- Lunch/Round Table Discussion on Careers in Music with Michael Kim and guests (Room 280)
- Closing – Great e-Piano Singalong - LURH
Q. Who can participate in the e-Piano Junior Festival?
A. The e-Piano Junior Festival is truly for everybody! There are two ways you can become involved: as a spectator and as a participant.
For spectators: All master classes, concerts and presentations are free and open to the public, so you can come to some or all events of the Festival, including the Art of Dance, Careers in Music Discussion and Great e-Piano Singalong. We promise for this to be a very fun event for parents and teachers and all young musicians! Everybody will hear inspiring performances and engaging ideas!
For participants: If you are a young pianist who has not started college, and a resident of Minnesota, North Dakota or Wisconsin, you can apply to perform in one of the e-Piano Junior Festivals. You will be asked to prepare one piece or a group of pieces (a set or part of the set) no longer than 10 minutes. Based on the initial application review, participants will be invited to perform in front of an audience at the Minnesota Music Teachers Association Convention on Sunday, June 9, 2019. The Screening Jury (TBA) will select six young pianists to perform in e-Piano Junior Festival MASTERCLASSES along the e-Piano Junior Competition First Round Participants for the International Jury Members. A professional audio recording will be created from the performance and given to each Festival participant.
Q. Are the participants of the e-Piano Junior Festival competing against the participants of the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition?
A. No, the participants of the e-Piano Junior Festival are not competing against the participants of the e-Piano Junior Competition 2019, but they will be performing in the same masterclasses. This year’s event is designed to create opportunities for our local young pianists, teachers and parents to interact in a meaningful way with the International competition participants, but there is absolutely no competition between the two groups!
Q. What are the benefits of participating in the e-Piano Junior Festival?
A. For active participants, the Festival is a unique opportunity to have public performances and receive written and verbal comments from local and internationally acclaimed piano teachers. For spectators, the Festival is a chance to hear great music and wonderful performances, experience different teaching styles, see engaging presentations and participate in many inspiring musical events.
Participation in the e-Piano Junior Festival is open to all young pianists who have not started college (2019 high school graduates are welcome to apply).
The participants must be residents of Minnesota, Wisconsin or North Dakota.
All applicants must be available to perform on either Sunday, June 9, 2019 at the Minnesota Music Teacher Association Convention and between July 9 and 12, 2019 at the University of Minnesota School of Music.
- March 2019 – Application form and Rules and Requirements are available to download from the International Piano-e-Competition website and from MMTA website
- Monday, June 3, 2019 – Festival Applications must be postmarked by this date (online submissions are encouraged to speed up the process!)
- Thursday, June 6, 2019 – all participants are notified of the schedule by that date.
- Sunday, June 9, 2019 – Preliminary Performances at Minnesota Music Teacher Association Convention.
- July 9-12, 2019 – e-Piano Junior Festival events at the University of Minnesota School of Music.