O. Samuel Driggers Piano Festival

On April 4, 2020 the UCA Community Music Institute will host the seventh annual O. Samuel Driggers Piano Festival.

Click here to access the festival registration form. (This form will be updated soon!)

Piano students in grades K-12 are encouraged to participate in our festival.  We invite students from both within the Community School of Music(CSM) and those who study outside the CSM to register and perform for our judges.  The students will play two pieces for a judge.  Memorization is optional.  Students will earn points toward a festival trophy, and also compete to win their division.  We encourage students to come to UCA, play our beautiful Steinways, and receive excellent encouragement and feedback from a judge.  If the student feels more comfortable playing with the score on the music rack, they can do that.   However, the judges will be impressed by memorization! Be sure to bring a copy of the music for the judge to follow along.

This is an excellent opportunity for students to gain performance experience, receive critique from an expert judge, and to share their music with others.  The UCA Department of Music wishes to encourage young musicians and the study of piano in the Conway area by providing opportunities like this.

Date:  April 4, 2020               Location:  UCA Snow Fine Arts Center

Time:  8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Entry fee is $10 for CSM students and $12 for non-CSM students.


Two movements of a piece will count as two repertoire.  For example, if a student plays two movements of a sonata, or two movements of a Bach suite, those would fulfill their repertoire requirement.  If a student would like to play two movements of a piece and also another piece by another composer, that is also allowed within the time limit available.  Grades K-6th time limit is about 10 minutes.  Grades 9-12 time limit is about 20 minutes.

Divisions are by grade:  K-2, 3-6, 7-9, and 10-12.  For additional information or to have an application mailed to you, call Christine Franklin at 501-837-5152 (Festival Director). or Ronald Jensen-McDaniel at 501-450-3672 (CSM Office).  You may also send an email to chrisf@uca.edu or ucacsm@uca.edu.

“We both studied piano with Dr. Driggers and we were also original members of the Arkansas Boys Choir under Dr. Collins.  Their influence and mentor ship figure significantly in our lives.”  – Anonymous donor for 2019 Piano Festival