Steinway Society of Nashville Announces Nashville International Piano Competition

The Steinway Society of Nashville is issuing a call for entries by February 1, 2012, to classically trained high school pianists in grades 9 thorough 12 of any nationality, for its Nashville International Piano Competition, to be hosted on April 20-22, 2012, at Lipscomb University in Nashville.

This competition will recognize winners with scholarships for piano study at Tennessee schools with National Accredited School of Music (NASM) status. These scholarships are being provided through the financial support from businesses and individuals who share the vision of preparing talented young people for careers in music, as well as funds raised through last year’s “Encore! Reclaim the Sound” event.

Complete online application information and forms are available at The awards are designated to support undergraduate study of piano and will be awarded in the following amounts: First Prize–$5,000 scholarship, Second Prize–$3,000 scholarship and Third Prize–$1,500 scholarship. The First Prize scholarship of $5,000 was donated by noted Steinway Artist Marilyn Shields-Wiltsie and Conductor and Opera Critic Dr. Theodore E. Wiltsie.

The first round will be judged from video recordings submitted to a private section of YouTube. Candidates must submit one video recording of at least two contrasting pieces. Up to 15 entrants plus three alternates will be invited to compete in the final round in live auditions at Lipscomb University. A panel of noted judges will determine the winners.

For additional information on the competition, please contact Joel Lewis, (800) 640-0167 or The Steinway Society of Nashville is located at 4285 Sidco Dr., Nashville, TN 37204.

Shields-Wiltsie serves as president of The Steinway Society of Nashville and as a member of the Nashville International Piano Competition Committee. Joel Lewis, of the Steinway Piano Gallery, serves as chair of the committee.

Other committee members include the following: Helen Gleason, adjunct instructor of piano at Belmont Academy, Belmont University; Lucinda Long Hall, president of Lucinda Hall Public Relations; Brandon Herrenbruck, Steinway Piano Gallery; Steve A. Hyman, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University and pianist; Dr. Dan Landes, professor of piano and coordinator of
Keyboard Department at Belmont University; Lea D. Maitlen, senior marketing manager — North America,

Naxos of America, Inc.; Patricia McPherson, owner of the McPherson Group; Dr. Jerome Reed, Patricia and Rodes Hart professor of piano at Lipscomb University; and Mark Blakeman, vice president of orchestra and building operations and general manager of the Nashville Symphony Association.

The Steinway Society of Nashville, which sponsors the Nashville International Piano Competition, promotes the joys and benefits of playing classical music by awarding college scholarships to high school pianists for piano study in the state of Tennessee.

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