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Marian Garcia International Piano Competition 2016: Collegiate Division

Application deadline: December 15, 2015

First prize: $1,000; Second prize: $500

The collegiate division competition will be held on Friday, January 22 in Esber Recital Hall. It is open to piano students who are enrolled and currently pursuing undergraduate or graduate level music studies. There is a one-time, non-refundable $50.00 application fee required for participation. Checks or money orders should be made payable to "Penn State University" and include "Garcia Piano Competition" and the name of the applicant in the memo line. Send checks to:

  • Garcia Piano Competition
  • 233 Music Building I
  • Penn State University
  • University Park, PA  16802
An application video is also required. Please submit a YouTube link on the application (linked below) demonstrating your performance of two contrasting works of your choice. These works may be the same or different from your competition repertoire.

To be eligible, applicants must be prepared with the following repertoire for the competition:

1.  Major work by J.S. Bach (i.e., Prelude and Fugue, principal movements of suites, Italian Concerto)

2.  Complete classical sonata (Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, etc.)

3.  Major work of the contestant's choice from the Romantic, 20th-century, or 21st-century literature

With the exception of avant-garde works, all repertoire must be memorized.  Any exceptions must be requested in the application and approved by the faculty.


  • Judges are professional pianists. Judges' decisions on all awards and eligibility will be final.
  • Students must be available at the awards ceremony to remain eligible for any prizes.

For graduate applicants to Penn State (M.M., P.P.C., D.M.A.): Auditions will be held on the evening on Thursday, January 21. Other audition dates are December 6, 2015; January 16, February 6, and February 20, 2016. For more information on graduate auditions, please visit the graduate admissions page. 

Apply for the competition here.

For more information, or questions about any part of the Garcia competition process, please call 814-863-4413 or email