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Marian Garcia Piano Competition and Teacher Workshop

January 16-17, 2015

The Penn State School of Music is proud to announce the winners of the 11th annual Marian Garcia Piano Competition, held at the University Park campus on January 16-17, 2015. With 36 contestants in two divisions (collegiate and high school) from 12 states, and several major conservatories represented, the playing level was extraordinary.

Competition Judges

  • Dr. Johan Botes, Marshall University; Huntington, WV
  • Dr. David Curtin, Lock Haven University; Lock Haven, PA
  • Dr. Cecilia Dunoyer; State College, PA

Collegiate First Prize

  • Songyuan Tang, New Jersey City University; student of Min Kim

Collegiate Second Prize

  • Nicole Wakabayashi, New York University; student of Alexander Kobrin

Collegiate Honorable Mention

  • Soyoung Jung, Peabody Conservatory, student of Brian Ganz
High School First Prize
  • Elbert Gong, Belle Mead, New Jersey; student of Julian Martin

High School Second Prize

  • Juncheng Shen, Potomac, Maryland; student of Ivo Kaltchev

High School Honorable Mention

  • Mahima Kumara, State College, PA; student of Dea Baba
  • Keiju Takehara, Marshall, VA; student of Martin Labazevitch

In addition to the competition, the Marian Garcia Piano Festival includes workshops for piano teachers, masterclasses with Penn State piano faculty Christopher Guzman, José Mendez, Timothy Shafer, and guests, as well as solo piano recitals by faculty and guests. The festival was begun through a generous grant of Edith Garcia, mother of local physician Dr. Marian Garcia.


Welcome to Penn State's 2014-15 Marian Garcia Piano Competition and Teacher Workshop!  This year's event will include two piano competitions (one for collegiate students and one for high school students), piano teacher workshops, recitals, and masterclasses presented by Penn State piano faculty members Christopher Guzman, Jose Mendez, and Timothy Shafer. We are delighted that you are considering attending and participating.

Below you will find a tentative itinerary. The final itinerary will be published once the number of applicants for the competitions is known. Also below, you will see links to information for the various aspects of the two-day festival. Admission is free for pre-registered observers; admission is $10.00 for those who are not registered.

Tentative Itinerary

Friday, January 16, 2015

  • Session I 9:00 a.m.  Collegiate Piano Competition
  • Session II 1:30 p.m. Teacher Workshop with Timothy Shafer
  • Session III 2:30 p.m. Masterclass with Christopher Guzman
  • Session IV 4:00 p.m. Masterclass with Timothy Shafer
  • 5:30 p.m. Dinner on your own in State College
  • Session V 8:00 p.m. Jose Mendez Recital (click here for program information)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

  • Session VI 9:00 a.m. High School Piano Competition
  • Session VII 10:30 a.m. Teacher workshop with Jose Mendez
  • Session VII 1:30 p.m. Masterclass with Jose Mendez
  • Session VIII 3:30 p.m. Christopher Guzman Recital (click here for program information)
  • Session IX 4:30 p.m. Reception and competition winner announcements      

Click for information on the high school competition.

Click for information on the collegiate competition.

Click for information about participation in the masterclasses.

Click for information on the piano teacher workshops.

Click for a list of local hotels (you'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Click for directions to the School of Music at Penn State University.