34th Annual Piano Competition

The University of Central Arkansas Department of Music Presents the Stella Boyle Smith Scholarship Competition and the 34th Annual UCA Solo Piano Competition!


April 28th, 2012 – Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall – UCA Campus


Schedule of Events

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Preliminary Competition Rounds

8:00am to 12:00pm – Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall

Competition Finals

1:30pm – SFA Recital Hall




Preliminary Competition Requirements

Divisions I and II:

Each entrant will perform two compositions of his or her choice.

Each entrant will be heard a maximum of five minutes.

The entry fee is $25.00

Divisions III, IV, and V:

Each entrant must perform at least two compositions from different style periods.

Each entrant in Division III will be heard a maximum of eight minutes.

Each entrant in Division IV will be heard a maximum of ten minutes.

Each entrant in Division V will be heard a maximum of fifteen minutes.

Entry fee is $35.00


ALL Divisions

Each entrant must perform from memory.

One copy of the music must be provided for the judges.

No photocopied scores may be used.

First place winners from last year’s competition may not compete in the same division in this year’s competition.

All entry forms, with fees, must be postmarked by April 18th, 2012.

Make checks payable to UCA Piano Competition.


Final Competition Round

Each student in any division will be judged on (1) musicianship, (2) technique, and (3) overall performance.  A maximum of ten points on each aspect, or a total maximum score of thirty points can be given.  The students with the highest scores in each division will play one piece (student’s choice) in the finals which will be held following the lunch break.  The number of finalists chosen in each division will be left to the discretion of the judges.  First, second, and third place winners in each division will be determined as a result of this final phase of the competition.  The decision of the judges is final.


Divisions and Awards

I. Elementary (grades K-3)  1st Place – $100*  2nd Place – $75  3rd Place $50

II. Middle (grades 4-6) 1st Place – $125   2nd Place – $100   3rd Place $75

III. Junior High (grades 7-9) 1st Place – $200   2nd Place – $150   3rd Place $100

IV. High School (grades 10-12) 1st Place – $600**  2nd Place – $300  3rd Place $100

V. College  1st Place – $600    2nd Place – $300    3rd Place – $100

*This award is given in memory of Mr. James Herrin

**The top Arkansas high school division winner may be eligible for a Stella Boyle Smith keyboard scholarship to attend the University of Central Arkansas


UCA Piano Faculty

Dr. Carl Anthony

Dr. Neil Rutman

Dr. Kazuo Murakami

Dr. Stefanie Dickinson

Ms. Christine Franklin

Ms. Terrie Shires



To register, please contact Christy Peel in the Music Office at 501-450-5750 or choffman@uca.edu

Download the registration form here