Festival for Adult Amateur Pianists

Saturday, March 24, 2018 2-5 pm

Application deadline: Friday, March 9

Sixth year!  It is open to adult pianists who enjoy playing the piano as a hobby and not for professional pursuits or financial gain. Each performer will play the prepared repertoire in its entirety on a Steinway D grand piano in a concert environment. Memorization of the music is not required. Following the performance, each participant will be engaged in a master class given by the festival artist.  The event is open to the public.

You are invited to participate if: 

· You are 18 years of age or older on the day of the competition.
· You are making a living in a field other than music.
· You are a professional musician whose principal training is not in piano.
· You are a college student majoring in a discipline other than music.


The repertoire is open, and each performer will play a program of approximately 15 minutes or less. Any music for the piano written in the classical tradition that has been published is acceptable; however, music that requires manipulating the inside of the piano is prohibited. Piano duet (four hands, one piano) is also welcome. In this case the contestant plays the primo, and the second person can be a professional pianist such as his/her teacher.

A certificate will be presented to each pianist.


– Performers must provide a copy of the music they intend to perform.

– All Jurors’ decisions are final.

– Contestants will agree to participate in a mini lesson from the festival artist after the performance.

– Contestants accept the rules of the event by submitting an application.

How to Apply: 

· Mail a check of $60 made payable to “University of Rhode Island” to:

URI Piano Extravaganza!
University of Rhode Island Department of Music
105 Upper College Rd
Kingston, RI 02881

· Fill out the online registration form.

Online Registration 

The online registration must be completed by Friday, March 9, 2018.  The check of $60 payable to University of Rhode Island must be postmarked by that date.  Late registration will be accepted based on time availability with a late fee of $30.

Dr. Manabu Takasawa
Professor, Department of Music
University of Rhode Island
Fine Arts Center
105 Upper College Rd, Room E102
Kingston, RI 02881

Office: (401) 874-2790
FAX:    (401) 874-2772
Email:  takasawa@uri.edu