© 2019 Lee University International Piano Festival & Competition.

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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, collaborative piano, 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. 


  • $ 50 Registration Fee, Due at Submission of Application (Application Deadline Extended to May 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM)
  • $ 550 Festival Fee: Applicants must submit a Preliminary Recording to audition. Includes Festival/Competition Fee, Tuition, Meals, and Accommodations. You will be asked to pay this fee once you are accepted to the festival.  Notifications of acceptance will be sent on May 17, 2019, and payment is due by May 24, 2019.


  • Pre-College Competition Eligibility: Competitors must be 18 years old or younger as of June 23, 2019. Competitors who have committed to undergraduate study at any institution are not eligible.
  • Collegiate Competition Eligibility: Competitors who have committed to graduate enrollment at any institution as of June 23, 2019 are not eligible.
  • Participants who have previously won first prize are not eligible to participate in the competition.
Contestants MAY repeat repertoire from the Preliminary Recording in the live competition, but MAY NOT repeat repertoire from Semi-Final to the Final Round. 
Preliminary Recording: 15 minutes minimum, must include two contrasting solo works
Semi-Final Round (Live): 12 to 20 minutes total, must include two contrasting solo works
Final Round (Live): 12 to 20 minutes total, any number of works
Repertoire submissions are subject to the approval of the Artistic Director. Any questions about repertoire should be directed to the competition administration. The jury retains the right to stop any performance without objection from the contestants. The jury reserves the right to withhold any prizes and rankings due to enrollment in the competition or if the contestants do not perform at a level deemed appropriate by the jury. Jury decisions are final and cannot be challenged. 
All contestants (including parents/guardians of underage contestants) declare that all statements included in the submitted application and any accompanying material in the application, are true and correct. Any falsifications of submitted materials or dishonest declarations are grounds for immediate disqualification. All application fees and materials received by the competition's organizing committee are non-refundable and non-transferable. All contestants (including parents/teachers of underage contestants) declare that they understand and agree with the rules and regulations of the competition. Contestants found in violation of competition rules and regulations are subject to immediate and full disqualification at the discretion of the competition committee and jury.