• The Lee University International Piano Festival and Competition is a week-long celebration of the piano, offering rich opportunities for performance and unique experiences for participants to learn and grow. Located in the peaceful hills of eastern Tennessee, Lee University’s campus is beautiful setting, boasting numerous performance venues, excellent practice and teaching facilities, as well as convenient meals and accommodations provided for all participants.

    Pre-college and Collegiate students may choose to compete for $10,000 in cash awards, as well as generous scholarships for undergraduate and graduate studies at Lee University. The competition is optional. All students participate in masterclasses and intensive small-group lessons with renowned artists, round-table discussions on career skills and other topics, as well as lectures on piano literature, piano pedagogy, and historical performance. A detailed schedule will be posted after confirmation of participants.

    With over 75 pianos on campus, each student will receive dedicated reserved time in a practice room every day. Students may also elect to prepare and study chamber music in an open rehearsal setting with professional string players. Additional lessons are also available upon request. Each evening concludes with a performance by the faculty artists or a recital by festival students. We welcome students of all ages and levels to apply to the festival.

    June 11-17, 2017
    • Flexible participation: Everyone studies - competition is optional
    • Open to participants of all ages
    • Recitals by world class artists
    • Masterclasses and lessons with renowned artist faculty
    • Excellent practice facilities
    • Competition is open to pre-college and college students
    • Competition Awards
      • Pre-College Division: 1st Place - $3000; 2nd Place - $1000;
        3rd Place - $500
      • College Division: 1st Place - $3000; 2nd Place - $1000; 
        3rd Place - $500
      • Jury Discretionary Awards: $1000; Generous scholarships for undergraduate and graduate studies at Lee University
    Important Dates
    • April 15, 2017 - Application must be postmarked.
    • May 1, 2017 - Notification of Participants, including those invited to participate in competition
    • May 15, 2017 - Confirmation of Participation

    Contact Information

    Lee University School of Music
    1130 Parker Street
    PO Box 3450
    Cleveland, TN 37320-3450

    Phone: 423-614-8264
    Email: pianofestival@leeuniversity.edu
    Monday - Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST

    Attn.: International Piano Festival & Competition Chair

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