The Experience


“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to come to Colorado and play for the judges, audience and my peers. It is sometimes very hard as a young musician to find rewarding venues to play for. Here, the music is obviously treasured by the listeners and participants alike. Thank you for giving me this opportunity. I could not have hoped for a better weekend.”

– Finalist 

“The finalists are all winners! It was a very exciting event to judge. It was revitalizing to be able to listen to such high quality performances, which reflect the musicians' dedication to their art. It made me want to go home and practice!”

– Judge

Awards  •  Dates  •  Round 1  •  Round 2  •  Rules  •  Application

Round 2 


NOTE: Piece submitted for Round 2 must be the piece performed in Round 1 (the audio submission).

  • Finalists' registration forms must be received no later than 5:00 PM, Friday, December 6, 2019.

  • The live competition will be held Saturday, January 18, 2020, at Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church, 7530 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033.

  • Finalists MUST perform with an accompanist and must provide a (complete) piano score for the judges. (Photocopies are acceptable.) We encourage you to use an accompanist from the Denver area whom we recommend OR you may bring your accompanist. Finalists must pay all fees for the accompanist they use.

  • Judges will select the First, Second, and Third Place winners. Their decisions are final.

  • Finalists will receive judges’ written comments.

  • Winners will be announced after the completion of the live competition.

  • The three award winners and their accompanists will present a public recital on the evening of the competition, January 18, 2020.

  • The cash awards for all winners will be distributed (in person or mailed) following the Young Artists Concert on March 15, 2020.

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