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 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
February 15-16
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

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.

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

Application Requirements

All candidates must submit the following items to be considered. Based on the application, a select group of candidates will be invited to perform and compete on campus.

Candidates 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 recording of two pieces from two contrasting style periods, selected from the following:

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: 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? Apply by the final deadline: Monday, February 10 at 5 p.m. MT.

Competition Repertoire Requirements

The competition will consist of one round taking place on Sunday morning. Please present three pieces, from at least two contrasting style periods, (see below). Duplication of a style period is acceptable. For example, you may choose to present two movements of a Sonata, or two Debussy/Chopin/Scriabin Preludes. The total performance length must be a minimum of 12 minutes. Longer programs are permissible, however, judges may stop you earlier to retain the allotted time slots.

Style periods:

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

Please contact for questions about repertoire.

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