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Department of Music
Phone: (509) 963-1216
Fax: (509) 963-1239

April 8-9, 2023

I am very excited to announce the return of the much celebrated Sonata Sonatina festival at Central Washington University. This year, we are not only continuing the tradition of celebrating young talented pianists performing and competing in our beautiful concert hall, but also celebrating through concerts by our faculty and guest artists. Strict safety measures will be implemented to ensure CWU remains a safe and healthy venue for everyone involved. The pandemic has made many things difficult, but it's also encouraged us to adapt and find ways to keep our work going and flourishing. As musicians and artists, a challenge gives us the opportunity to better our craftsmanship and creativity. Planning for the return of the Sonata-Sonatina festival at CWU has been both a joyous and challenging process for me. But I know in my heart that it will be a worthwhile celebration of all our dedication to craftsmanship, artistry, and commitment to our work as musicians.

Please read the updated format and information carefully as many things have been adjusted and changed from previous years to meet the safety guidelines of our musicians, families, and teachers. Thank you, and I look forward to hearing and meeting you soon.

Dr. Yerin Kim

CWU Pianofest Schedule

Application Deadline: Saturday, March 3, 5:00 PM
Preliminary Recording Deadline: Saturday, March 17, 5:00 PM
Finalists Announcement: Friday March, 31st

Saturday, April 8 - Final Round at CWU

  • 11:00 AM Final Round I (Category I - III)
12:30 PM Winners announcement for Categories I - III

  • 3:00 PM Final Round II (Category IV - VI) 

  • 6:00 PM Winners announcement for Categories IV - VI 

Sunday, April 9 - Winner’s Masterclass and Artist Recital

  • 3:00 PM Winner's Master Class I 

  • 5:00 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 requirement piece and one piece of their choice, not exceeding the total time limit for each category. Finalists for each category will be selected and invited to perform at the Dr. Wayne S. Hertz Concert Hall, Central Washington University on April 7.

    • 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 V, Collegiate Artists, 20 minutes
      Sonata No.21 in C major, “Waldstein”, I. Allegro con brio - Ludwig Beethoven

  • A student may enter only one category at this event.

  • All participants will submit an unedited video recording of their performances (Please see recording guidelines below).

  • Scores from the preliminary round will be kept independent if you were to advance to the final round.

  • All participants will receive comments from the adjudicators from the preliminary round.

  • Three finalists per level will be chosen to perform for the audience and judges at Central Washington University. Finalists are required to play their pieces without repeats by memory unless the piece is written by a contemporary composer of the 21st century.

All finalists will be awarded with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Additionally, 1st place winners will have the opportunity to perform for a public masterclass given by a distinguished guest artist.
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 required to play their pieces by memory. 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.

2022 Judges & Guest Artist (2023 TBA)

  • Yerin Kim, Assistant Professor of Piano - Head of Piano Studies central Washington University
  • Yoon-Wha (Yuna) Roh - Assistant Professor of Piano, Washington State University
  • George Lopez - Bowdoin College, Robert Beckwith Artist in Residence
  • Michelle Cann - Curtis Institute of Music, Eleanor Sokoloff Chair in Piano Studies

Registration and Recording Submission Guidelines

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.

Please note:

  • The application is due on March 5, 5:00 PM
  • Preliminary Round recording is due by March 19, 5:00 PM.
  • Payment and registration must be sent in prior to submitting your recording links.
  • Late submissions will not be accepted.

Covid-19 Safety Measures

All staff, faculty, and students of CWU are required to be vaccinated on campus unless exempted for medical, religious, or philosophical reasons. It is our utmost priority to continue to have a safe and healthy space for everyone involved in the CWU Pianofest. Following the state guidance of phase 3, we will be requiring everyone older than 5 years old to be masked at all times while in the building. Performers may take their mask off during the performance but will be asked to put their masks on before and after.

Contact Information
Dr. Yerin Kim
Central Washington University