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May 7, 2023

Thank you for your interest in this year’s Pianofest. After a much anticipated inaugural Pianofest last year, we are thrilled again to welcome the finest young pianists of Washington State to our beautiful stage here in Central Washington University’s Dr. Wayne S. Hertz Concert Hall. I am also excited to announce a special edition to this year’s festival. We have added a new division for contemporary music that will offer young pianists the opportunity to explore newly written music, as well as have the incredible opportunity to perform with a professional ensemble, The Arx Duo, for the required chamber music piece. Please note that the Festival date has been adjusted from April 8th to May 7th.

We are very much looking forward to hearing your performances!

Dr. Yerin Kim

CWU Pianofest Schedule

Application Deadline: Sunday, April 9, 5:00 PM
Preliminary Recording Deadline: Sunday, April 16, 5:00 PM
Finalists Announcement: Sunday April 23.

Sunday, May 7th - Final Round at CWU

  • 10:00 AM Final Round Category I - III
12:00 PM Winners announcement for Categories I - III

  • 12:30 PM Final Round Category IV - V
3:00 PM Winnes announcement for Categories IV- V
  • 3:30 PM Final Round Category VI - VII
  • 6:30 PM Winners announcement for Categories VI - VII 

  • 7:00 PM Pianofest Winners Concert

Monday, May 8th

  • 5:30 PM Pianofest Artist Concert


Student age qualifications: Ages 5 to Collegiate Artists

2023 Repertoire Requirements for Preliminary and Final Round:

  • Participants must video record a required piece and one piece of their choice, not exceeding the total time limit for each category. Quality and artistry of the performance will hold the highest value in the adjudication. Three finalists from each category will be selected and invited to perform at the Dr. Wayne S. Hertz Concert Hall, Central Washington University on May 7. Scores from the preliminary round will be kept independent if you were to advance to the final round.

    • Category I, Ages 6 and under, 5 minutes
      Sonatina in G Major, Mvt. 1, Moderato - Ludwig van Beethoven
    • Category II, Ages 7-9, 8 minutes
      Sonata in D minor, R15 - Antonio Soler
    • Category III, Ages 10-12, 11 minutes
      Sonata in A, W.55 No.4, I. Allegro assai - C.P.E. Bach
    • Category IV, Ages 13-15, 14 minutes
      Sonata in G minor, I. Allegro, Clara Schumann
    • Category V, Ages 16-18 , 17 minutes
      Concerto Without Orchestra (Grand Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 14)
      I. Allegro brillante, Robert Schumann
    • Category VI, Collegiate Artists, 20 minutes
      Sonata No.21 in C major, “Waldstein”, I. Allegro con brio - Ludwig Beethoven
    • Category VII, Contemporary Chamber, Ages 16 and up, 20 minutes
      “Randomosity”, for Piano and Marimba - Jiyoun Chung (inspired by the artwork “Randomosity” by Ikea Juanita “Syance” Wilson)
      Please Note: If you are applying for this division, as soon as you register, Dr. Kim will send the electronic score to the student’s email address. The recording should include just the piano part. If chosen as the finalist, a professional percussion duo, The Arx, will perform with the finalists. A rehearsal time will be offered and scheduled prior to the final round.
      Recording of "Randomosity"


All finalists will be awarded with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Additionally, 1st prize winners from each category will be given the opportunity to perform again at a Winner’s Concert. All performances will be live-streamed and professional video recordings will be provided.

Adjudication packets will be ready for pick up after the award ceremony. These packets will be distributed at the Information Desk located in the Lobby. Parents or teachers may pick up packets. You will be asked on the registration form who will be picking up the packet.

Music Scores

Students are encouraged to play their pieces by memory except for Division VII (Contemporary Music), which is expected to be played with a score. Finalists are required to present their scores to the judges. All measures are to be numbered. Because of the length of some selections, pieces are to be performed with no repeats. Photocopies will not be accepted.

Registration and Recording Submission

All participants must register prior to submitting their recordings. After you've submitted both your Payment and Registration Form, a unique identification number will be e-mailed to the student's e-mail address. Please include this ID number in your recording submission so the judges do not see your, or your teacher's, names.

Recording Guidelines:

  • Please use landscape, horizontal, orientation for your video.
  • Profile angles are preferred! We just want to be able to see your hands and your profile.
  • We understand a concert hall space and professional equipment is not available to everyone submitting their recordings. This will not be a factor in adjudication. You will be judged solely on your performance and musicianship.
  • When you are ready to upload your recording to Youtube, please title the video using the name format IDnumber_CWU_Pianofest_Piece1. For example, for a pianist with an ID of 1, the submission titles should be: 1_CWU_Pianofest_Piece1 and 1_CWU_Pianofest_Piece2. Please upload your recording visibility as "unlisted" and then copy/paste the links to the Pianofest Recording Submission page.

2023 Judges & Guest Artist

  • The Arx Duo, International Performing Percussion Duo, Michigan State University, Curtis Institue of Music's Summerfest
  • Dr. Tina Chong, Assistant Professor of Piano, San Diego State University
  • Dr. Jiyoun Chung, Assistant Professor of Composition, Central Washington University
  • Dr. Ross Salvosa, Lecturer of Piano and Piano Pedagogy, Central Washington University, Artistic Director of Concordia Arts Group
  • Dr. Yerin Kim, Director of Keyboard Studies, Central Washington University

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Contact Information
Dr. Yerin Kim
Central Washington University