Cardinal Stritch University, Wisconsin's first and only All Steinway school, will host an annual Piano Festival Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Stritch's Piano Festival offers talented young pianists an opportunity to work with internationally acclaimed artists and teachers in an intensive setting. The festival welcomes high school pianists to compete for awards as well as scholarships to attend Stritch as music majors. The festival also includes a master class for young artists.
Piano Festival includes:
Competition: Open to current high school students in grades 9-11. Each student will perform two contrasting pieces from memory chosen from the following categories. (Total performance time should be between 7 and 12 minutes.)
- A contrapuntal work or a dance movement by J.S. Bach or a sonata movement by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven or Schubert.
- A piece from Romantic, Impressionistic or Contemporary repertory.
Each student will perform before a panel of judges, including Stritch music faculty and the special guest adjudicator, Dr. James McKeever, professor of piano at the University of Wisconsin - Parkside. Prizes will include one competition winner, one runner-up and a number of honorable mentions.
- Winner: A trophy will be awarded to one performer. The winner also will receive an automatic registration for the following year’s festival (2014).
- Runner-up: Trophy and an automatic registration for the following year’s festival (2014).
- Honorable mention: Certificate and an automatic registration for the following year’s festival (2014).
Scholarship Audition: Open exclusively to students in grade 12.* Students who compete in the Scholarship Audition will have a chance to earn up to 75% of the cost of tuition. Each student will perform two contrasting pieces from memory, chosen from the categories listed in the Competition description. (Total performance time should be between 7 and 12 minutes.)
Workshop: Open exclusively to students in grade 12. During the workshop, students will interact with Dr. Eun-Joo Kwak, head of the Stritch piano program. Participation in the workshop is mandatory for students who participate in scholarship auditions. All other participants are welcome to observe the workshop.
Master Class For Young Artists: Designed for pianists considering pursuing a master's degree in piano. Two pianists will be selected from the earliest applicants. Each pianist will play one or two pieces of his or her choice in a 30-minute Master Class conducted by Dr. Eun-Joo Kwak. The class will provide students with constructive comments and critique. No prizes will be awarded.
Winners Recital: The competition winner, runner-up and the top scholarship winner will present an encore performance at the conclusion of the festival.
Application Procedure and Fee
All applications should include an application form and check or money order for a $30 non-refundable application fee, payable to Cardinal Stritch University. Mail application and fee to:
Cardinal Stritch University
6801 N. Yates Road, #205
Milwaukee, WI 53217
All applications must be postmarked by Oct. 26, 2013. Additional festival information will be mailed to registered students. For more information, contact Dr. Eun-Joo Kwak at (414) 410-4662.
*All performers in grade 12 must have applied to Cardinal Stritch University for admission prior to participating in the festival. Additionally, all scholarship winners must be fully accepted to the University in order to receive scholarships. Piano scholarship winners may be eligible for additional scholarship money upon acceptance to the University.