Keyboard Festival

Hesston College Keyboard Festival

The Hesston College Music Department is proud to present the second Hesston College Keyboard Festival for pianists, organists and music lovers in the region. The festival takes place the morning/afternoon of Saturday, February 23.

Registration Deadline – February 8, 2019 –
online registration, print and mail registration form

Schedule

Saturday, February 23

8 a.m. – Registration, Keim Center lobby
8:30 a.m. to noon – Piano and organ competition round 1
9 a.m. to noon – Festival workshop presentations
Noon to 1 p.m. – lunch break
1 to 2 p.m. – Masterclass
College division with Dr. Steven Spooner
Senior division with Dr. Mei Li
Organ Masterclass with Marco Bij de Vaate and Ken Rodgers
Intro to Harpsichord for Elementary and Junior students
2:30 p.m. – Faculty and guest recital
Dr. Mei Li, piano; Dr. Steven Spooner, piano; Marco Bij de Vaate, organ
3:15 p.m. – Division finalists announced
Break – Handel’s Birthday Party
3:45 p.m. – Finalists recital, competition round 2

Categories and Requirements

Elementary division (age 9 and under)
One or two works, no longer than 3 minutes, with one selection by a Baroque composer.
Junior division (ages 10-13)
One or two works, no longer than 5 minutes, with one selection by a Baroque composer.
Senior division (ages 14-18)
One or two works, no longer than 8 minutes, with one selection by a Baroque composer.
College division (non-keyboard major)
Two works, no longer than 12 minutes, with one selection by a Baroque composer.
College division (keyboard major)
Two or three works, no longer than 15 minutes, with one selection by a Baroque composer.
Four-Hand division
One work by composer of choice for one or two pianos, no longer than 5 minutes. Students must be enrolled in a solo division to participate. Open to any age combinations; one performer may be a teacher. Outstanding duets will be invited to perform on the finals recital.

All solo piano music must be memorized. Repeats are optional depending on length.

Organists may enter Senior or College divisions. Organ music does not need to be memorized.

Entry Fee

  • Elementary division: $30
  • Junior division: $40
  • Senior division: $40
  • College division (non-keyboard major) $50
  • College division (keyboard major) $60

Prizes

  • Each performer will receive a participation certificate and festival T-shirt.
  • Top 3 performers in each division will perform their Baroque selection on the finals recital.
  • Winners of each division will receive an award, with cash prizes totaling $1000 for Senior and College Divisions.

Lodging options

Faculty