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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 full-tuition annual music scholarship, stackable up to full tuition to Regis University pending GPA and test scores. The competition is open to high school juniors and seniors who plan to enter college in Fall of 2020 or 2021.

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. Winners will be selected based on their performances, judges' recommendations, interview, essay and application materials.

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 - up to Full Tuition: $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? To find out more, email Application deadline extended to Oct. 25, 2019.

Scholarships will be awarded upon successful admission to Regis University and are dependent upon GPA and test scores.

Application 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 high school juniors or seniors for the 2019-2020 school year and plan to enter college in the fall of 2020 or 2021.

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

Baroque (1600-1750)
Classical (1750-1830)
Romantic (1830-1920)
20th-21st Century (1920-present)

2. Letter of reference from a music professional

3. Short essay:

The Music Program would like you to provide a short written essay so we can get to know you better. Please respond to both questions:

  1. What is your background in music and why is music so special for you? Please provide real life examples.
  2. 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) and email to

Ready to hit the right notes? Start your scholarship application!

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, memorized)

- 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, memorized)

- 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 (1600-1750)
Classical (1750-1830)
Romantic (1830-1920)
20th-21st Century (1920-present)

If you are selected to compete, visit our Planning Your Trip resources for tips about transportation, accommodations and restaurants.