24th Annual Piano Festival

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014

Featuring University of Puget Sound Piano Faculty Members

Joined by Guest Artist

The Piano Festival will feature the Young Pianist Showcase Competition. (See rules below.) All students participating in the Saturday morning master classes will be eligible for this competition. Festival faculty will select 6–8 students to perform solo repertoire at the Saturday evening program in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Following the concert four competition winners will be announced and receive cash prizes totaling $1,200.

Students will not be required to enter the competition; they may participate by preparing solo repertoire of their own choosing, not limited to any particular style or period.

We welcome teachers, parents, and younger students, as auditors.

Festival registrants will receive two complimentary ticket to the Piano Festival Concert on Friday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Concert features performances by the guest artist and piano faculty members.


Participant Registration is limited to the first 25 fully registered students. Students must be intermediate- and advanced-level piano students in middle school and high school. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, JAN. 24, 2014. The deadline is firm. Registration is not complete until full payment and the completed registration form are received by the Office of Public Events. Upon receipt of your registration, an email confirmation will be sent to you. 

The final festival schedule will be emailed by Jan. 31, 2014. 

Auditor Registration is available online through Friday, Feb. 7, 4 p.m., or in person on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, until 10 a.m.


Payment may be made by VISA or MasterCard, call 253.879.3555, or send a check made payable to University of Puget Sound.

Student Participant: $100 includes continental breakfast and lunch, and two complimentary tickets to the Friday, Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m., Jacobsen Piano Festival Concert. 

Auditor: $20, no meals included, fee includes one complimentary ticket to the Friday, Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m. Jacobsen Piano Festival Concert.

Cancellation and Refunds: For participant: Up to 24 hours prior to the festival: $80 cancellation fee will be withheld from the participant’s fee. Less than 24 hours prior to the festival: No refund. 

Auditor: No refund

Force Majeure. For any cancellation of the piano festival by University of Puget Sound School of Music arising from unforeseen events or occurrences beyond our control, including, but not limited to, acts of nature, acts of any public enemy, acts of terrorism, fires, floods, explosions, catastrophes, epidemics or quarantine restrictions, strikes, slowdowns, lockouts or labor stoppages, or freight embargoes, full refunds of fees will be made to paid participants and auditors.


Prizes:  $500, $300, $225, $150 respectively for first, second, third, and fourth place

Judges: Piano Festival Faculty

Eligibility: Middle school or high school age piano festival registrants who have indicated that they wish to participate in the competition.

Selection of Winners: Six to eight students will be chosen as finalists by the festival faculty from students who performed in the morning and afternoon master classes. Only students that have indicated on their enrollment form that they wish to participate in the competition will be chosen. 

Finalists will be announced at 6 p.m. in Room 106. Finalists will perform in the Saturday, Feb. 8, recital, beginning at 7:30 p.m., in an order determined by the festival faculty. 

If a student prepares more than one piano work for the festival, the faculty reserves the right to choose which piece will be performed.

Four winners will be chosen from the evening recital through faculty deliberation immediately following the conclusion of the recital. 

All decisions by the faculty are final. 

Competition Winners Requirement: Winners of the competition are required to complete a W-9 form enclosed with their winners certificate. The completed form must be returned to a piano faculty on Saturday, Feb. 8, or mailed to Office of Public Events, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma, WA 98416-1066 in order for a check to be issued. Checks will be issued within 14 days of receiving the signed W-9. 

School of Music Piano Festival Registration

School of Music Piano Festival Registration

  • Festival Participant Information