Ready to Perform? 

Regis is hosting a Piano Competition for future scholar pianists. Whether you choose to major in music performance or something else entirely, all competitors have a chance to win a $15,000 music scholarship awarded annually, stackable up to full tuition to Regis University, for 4 years.

For more than a decade, Regis University's Music Program has educated men and women to do and become more. Our academic programs are deeply rooted in Jesuit, Catholic values, with a robust liberal arts core. We focus on educating the whole person, preparing you to enrich your life, serve your community and embrace the world. We believe every talent matters, from public speaking and business instincts, to scientific reasoning and, of course, musical gifts. We won't ask you to be just one thing; rather, we ask you to explore how you might use all of your talents to contribute, discover and engage with our community of learners, artists and advocates.

We seek well-rounded, dynamic pianists who demonstrate strong academic and artistic merit. Following a pre-screening - including a performance video submission and written student statement - a small group of candidates will be invited to compete in the Piano Competition Weekend at Regis. Finalists must be present on campus for all three days.

Piano Competition Weekend
November 1-3, 2019
Regis University Northwest Campus
Denver, Colorado

Music scholarship prizes will be awarded annually to the top three candidates:

1st Place: $15,000


2nd Place: $8,000


3rd Place: $4,000

The three-day event will include two competition rounds: one on campus and another at the Main Stage Theatre at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. Special Admissions events, including campus tours and faculty interviews, also will be scheduled during the weekend.

Regis graduates have gone on to successful careers in music performance, education, technology, science, health care and business. But it was a love for the arts that provided an initial spark, imparting a lifelong love for learning and creative expression.

Ready to showcase your talent? Pre-screening audition materials will be accepted beginning March 1, 2019. To find out more, email musiccompetition@regis.edu or call 303.458.3576. Preference will be given to applications received by September 15, 2019.

Scholarship candidates must be admissible to the university. Application for Admission opens August 1. A complete application should be submitted prior to the competition weekend.


Pre-Screening Audition Requirements

All competitors must submit the following items to be considered. Based on the pre-screening items, a select group of candidates will be invited to perform and compete on-campus during the weekend of November 1-3, 2019.

Competitors must be current high school juniors (rising seniors) and plan to enter college during the fall of 2020. Preference will be given to applications submitted before September 15, 2019.

1. YouTube Video Audition: Please submit a link to your video with the rest of your application materials. The video must consist of a live performance of two pieces from two contrasting style periods as follows:

Baroque (1865-1750)
Classical (1750-1830)
Romantic (1830-1920)
20th-21st Century (1920-present)

2. Unofficial high school transcript

3. Letter of reference from a music professional

4. Written essay following the prompt below:

As part of your application for the piano scholarship, the Music Program would like you to provide a short written essay so we can get to know you a little better and to help us support your application to Regis University. This essay is in addition to any other application materials you may be asked for by Regis University Admissions.

For the first part, please tell us about your background in music and why music is so special for you. Please provide some real-life examples.

For the second, part please tell us how you envision music continuing to play a part of your college education at a small Jesuit liberal arts college (and beyond).

Please limit your essay to two typewritten pages (or about 500-600 words).

Please submit all materials to musiccompetition@regis.edu

Competition Repertoire Requirements

Candidates selected from the pre-screening auditions will be invited to compete on-campus for the top scholarship awards during the weekend of November 1-3, 2019. Competitors will be expected to perform the following:

Semi-Final Round (12-15 minute performance)

- Classical Sonata 1st movement (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven) OR Bach Prelude & Fugue

- Romantic/20th/21st Century piece of choice

*note: repertoire for this round can be the same as pre-screening audition

Final Round (12-20 minute performance)

- One piece from the semi-final round

- One piece of choice from a contrasting style period

*note: competitors may only repeat 1 piece from their semi-final performance

Style periods:

Baroque (1685-1750)
Classical (1750-1830)
Romantic (1830-1920)
20th-21st Century (1920-present)