Eligibility & Rules



  • Former Silver Medal winners of the Eastern Kentucky Piano Competition and students of the adjudicators are ineligible.
  • Competitors must be at least 13 years of age and not older than 18 years of age by the competition date.
  • Competitors must be a U.S. citizen and must have been a resident for no less than one calendar year from the date of the competition and be a current resident of one of the following Kentucky counties: Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Clay, Elliot, Estill, Fayette, Fleming, Floyd, Greenup, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Wayne, Whitley, and Wolfe.



  • Completed applications consist of:
  1. An official application form
  2. A verification statement signed by an academic official of the competitor's current school
  3. A non-refundable application fee of $25.00
  4. An essay of no more than 500 words, typed, addressing your higher education plans and goals, and how this scholarship award can help you to accomplish them
  5. A repertoire list of works studied during the past 3 years.
  • All application materials must be completed and postmarked by January 18, 2013. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Applications must be printed neatly or typed.
  • An appropriate academic official, such as a principal or guidance counselor, must certify verification of age and residency.



General Considerations 

  • Repertoire should be chosen to accentuate the strengths of each contestant. Please do not attempt repertoire that is too difficult. This competition seeks a winner based on much more than technical ability or level.
  • All repertoire submissions must be detailed and accurate, including specific movements of works, timings, composers’ birth and death (if applicable) dates, and composition dates.
  • Competitors must play the competition program from memory.
  • Works that require accompaniment, such as concertos, are not acceptable.
  • Competitors will be given 25 minutes of performing time. Repertoire submitted may be greater than 25 minutes but the competitor will be stopped after a period of 25 minutes of performance.
  • The adjudicator(s) reserves the right to stop the competitor during performance due to time limitations.
  • Original scores must be submitted to the adjudicator prior to the performance time with all measures clearly numbered. PHOTOCOPIES ARE NOT ACCEPTED.


  • Two contrasting works from the standard classical repertory (i.e. Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century).
  • One additional work of the competitor’s choice. This may include, but is not limited to jazz, original composition, arrangements, or an additional choice from the Classical repertoire.
  • The intention of this open requirement is to give each competitor the opportunity to show his or her personal strengths in playing, regardless of style or musical preference.


  • All decisions made by the adjudicator are final. The adjudicator reserves the right to declare no winner in any or all of the categories. Medals will be rewarded to two seperate competitors.
  • Silver Medal - $2,000 Grand award for best overall performance.
  • Bronze Medal - $1,000 Reserved award for best performance from a pianist pursuing study in a rural area.*

Additional honorary awards may be given at the discretion of the adjudicator.

*Defined as any student living farther than 30 miles from a metropolitan area, per the US Census Bureau’s December 2009 Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Area critieria.


For more information please contact:

Jennifer Huges Bersaglia, Artistic Director
106 Ridgecrest Drive
Campbellsville, KY 42718
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Phone: 606-422-8054

2013 Eastern Kentucky Piano Competition Cancellation Notice Click Here for more info

The 6th Annual Eastern Kentucky Piano Competition is scheduled for February 22-23, 2013. Click here for an application. More info on the event will be added soon.