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Marian Garcia High School Piano Competition

Application deadline: December 15, 2014

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.

A pre-screening video is required for entrance to the competition. To enter, please submit a YouTube video link on the application (linked below) demonstrating your performance of two contrasting works of your choice.  These may be the same or different works from works you intend to perform at the competition.  

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 of the competition must be memorized.


  • 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. If you are considering an audition at Penn State, please click undergraduate application process for information about applying to the School of Music.

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. 

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

Click to apply for the High School Piano Competition