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SummerArts Competition

Concert Piano

Welcome to the University of Utah SummerArts Piano Competition, our international panel of judges looks forward to meeting you.

Hosted by the University of Utah School of Music, the SummerArts Piano Competition offers elementary through college piano students the opportunity to compete for cash awards, scholarships, and performance prizes. Our concerto winners will perform with the Salt Lake Symphony and the American West Symphony live in Libby Gardner Concert Hall.  The 2021 SummerArts Piano Competition will be held in David P. Gardner Hall on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at the University of Utah.

Please read the following important information regarding your upcoming competition, judges are looking forward to meeting you on August 12. Due to the Covid-19, we will not host an in-person winner ceremony this year, all winner information will be posted by Saturday, August 14 on the SummerArts official website, your prize and judging sheets will be mailed to you.  For concerto winners, we will announce the concerto performance schedule via email.

In addition to your assigned competition time, please read the following instruction before coming to the university on August 12, 2021: 

  • Please arrive 30 minutes before your assigned time and check in at the front desk. If you are late, you will forfeit your competition time. 
  • For the pre-college division, bring 2 copies of the judging sheets for the appropriate division.
  • For Young Artist Division, bring 3 copies of judging sheets for each competition you are competiting in.
  • You can download the judging sheets on the SummerArts website. Please fill the forms before arrival.
  • Bring 1 original score of your pieces for judges.
  • Mask wearing is not required but is strongly encouraged.
  • No audience is allowed on the competition site.
  • All warm-up rooms are located in the basement level of Gardner Hall. We are asking you to sanitize the piano before and after use.

Judging Sheets

Solo Competition


Collaborative Competition

Concerto Competition

Arne Oldberg Competition

Competition Guidelines

All age divisions can compete in solo, concerto or both divisions. 

For complete competition rules click here.


  • Two solo pieces, one baroque or classical.
  • Pieces must be of contrasting styles and periods.

Previous first-place winners may enter the same division with new repertoire. 


  • One movement of a standard concerto
  • Contestants wishing to perform a concerto that is not part of the University of Utah School of Music holdings will be responsible for the cost of rental/purchasing the music. Click here for a complete list of Concerto Repertoire in the University of Utah School of Music holdings.

Winners may not perform in two consecutive years.

Evaluation Guidelines

Participants can receive faculty evaluation without competing.

  • One or two pieces, memorization is optional

Evaluation participants are not eligible for prizes.

Young Artist Division Only

Additional competition opportunities for scholarship awards.

Arne Oldberg composition

Information concerning rules and prizes are found here

Music for the Arne Oldberg composition:

Arne Oldberg Piano Sonata in B-flat minor, Op.28 mvt.1

 Video Teaching

Information concerning rules and prizes are found here .

Collaborative piano

Information concerning rules and prizes are found here.


Ning Lu


Douglas Humpherys, Eastman School of Music, Chair of Piano Department

Faina Lushtak, Tulane University, School of Music, Chair  of the Piano Department

Hilary Dumske, Utah Valley University, Music Department, Chair of Piano

Jared Pierce, BYU, Professor of Piano

Age Divisions

Young Elementary
10 and under


Junior 1

Junior 2


Young Artist


Competition Schedule

Winner Information

Concerto Performance


Last Updated: 8/30/21