Submissions now accepted for fall event; winners receive Regis scholarships

May 10, 2019

student playing the piano on stage

The top three winners of Regis University’s new piano competition, which will be Nov. 1-3 at its Northwest Denver Campus, will earn substantial scholarships to attend the Jesuit university in Denver. All high school seniors planning to enter college in Fall 2020 are welcome to audition.

Music scholarship prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers: first place at $15,000, second place at $8,000 and third place at $4,000. Each scholarship may be renewed annually. The first place prize may be combined with other scholarships up to full tuition for four years at Regis.

The competition is open to all majors. Audition materials are being accepted now through September.

“Our music program motto at Regis is ‘Music for Everyone,’ which is why we allow our music scholarship award recipients the option to major in any academic area, not just music,” said Mark Davenport, director of the Music Program and a professor in the Fine & Performing Arts Department. “It’s the only university I know of that does this. And of course the competition ties into Regis’ philosophy of developing and nurturing the whole person.”

More information about the piano competition, including the audition process, is available at Preference will be given to students who submit their audition materials by Sept. 15.

The University seeks well-rounded pianists who demonstrate strong academic and artistic merit. Finalists must be present on campus for all three days in November. Winners will be selected based on their performance, judges’ recommendations, an interview and pre-audition materials.

The competition will include two rounds: one on campus and another at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities’ Main Stage Theatre. Other special events, such as a campus tour and faculty interviews, will be scheduled during the weekend.

Students who study music at Regis have enjoyed successful careers in music performance, education, technology, science, health care and business, Davenport said.

“Music is one of the newest and fastest-growing areas at Regis, and the piano competition is going to make an immediate, positive impact on the continued growth of the arts,” he said.

Established in 1877, Regis University is a premier, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit Catholic tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning and service. One of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation, Regis has four campus locations in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs and extensive online program offerings with more than 11,000 enrolled students. For more information, visit