The College of Arts and Architecture
  • garcia banner

Marian Garcia International Piano Competition 2016: High School Division

Application deadline: December 15, 2015

First prize: $750; Second prize: $400

The high school division competition will be held on January 23, 2016 in Esber Recital Hall. It is open to students currently in grades 9-12. There is a one-time, non-refundable $50.00 application fee required. 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.

If selected for the competition, applicants must be prepared with the following repertoire:

1.  Classical period sonata allegro movement (Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, etc.)

2.  Work of the contestant's choice from the Baroque, Romantic, 20th century, or 21st century piano literature

With the exception of avant-garde works, all repertoire for both rounds 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.

Special note to high school seniors: For those of you planning to be music majors, we hope this competition will help you in preparation for your auditions. Penn State's official piano audition dates for this year are December 6, 2015; January 16, February 6, and February 20, 2016. Please click undergraduate application process for information about applying to Penn State and the School of Music. Senior winners of the competition who are accepted as music majors at the School of Music are guaranteed a minimum of $5,000 in tuition scholarship at Penn State. 

This competition may also serve as your audition for the Penn State School of Music if you have previously submitted an application to the University. Early application is recommended. In addition to the competition repertoire described above, one additional work by J. S. Bach is required for admission to the School of Music. Arrangements will be made to hear this work outside of the competition if you choose to audition on the date of the competition.

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