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July 13, 2024

Gavilan to host youth piano competition for grades 5-12

Courtesy of Gavilan College:

Gavilan College Music program is hosting its annual youth piano competition for students in the 5th – 12th grades.  Due to the COVID pandemic, 2021’s competition will be entirely virtual.  On the day of the competition, judges will be at the Gavilan College Theater adjudicating.  A live feed of the competition will be provided for the public on the music department webpage at gavilan.edu. 

Two judges will adjudicate the competition and will offer written constructive comments for each contestant.  Winners will be announced at the end of each division.  The competition will consist of two divisions.  The junior division will be for students who are in grades 5-8.  The senior division will be for students who are in grades 9-12.

All contestants must submit a single, unedited video of their performance with the respective application no later than February 5, 2021.

Each contestant must upload their video to YouTube and provide the URL with their application.

Artists face and hands must be clearly visible throughout the recording, if possible, please include your feet in the frame as well.  The video quality should be at least 720p or higher.  The video must be recorded in one unedited take.

Recordings made on acoustic pianos are preferred.  Do not include fade-outs, titles or video transitions.

The link must be labeled accordingly: contestant’s name and division.  Once the video is submitted no substitutions will be allowed.

Please do not exceed the 10 minute time limit for Junior Division and 15 minute time limit for Senior Division.

Contestants will be expected to have prepared two contrasting pieces from the classical repertoire performed by memory (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or Contemporary).  Please submit a scanned copy of your music with your application and URL link.

The competition is only open to those who reside in the Gavilan College service area: Hollister, Gilroy, San Juan Bautista, Morgan Hill, Coyote Creek, San Martin and South San Jose.


Grades                1st place             2nd place           3rd place

9 – 12                   $500                   $300                  $200

5 – 8                     $300                   $200                  $100

In addition to the awards listed above, a special award for local contestants will be handed out.

Grades 9-12        Grades 5-8

$250                     $150

Application and video due no later than February 5, 2021

Download an application at https://www.gavilan.edu/academic/music/piano_comp.php

The cost is $20 per participant (non-refundable), check made payable to Gavilan College

For more information, email [email protected].

The competition is named after Marian Filice.  Mrs. Filice was an active member in our community.  She taught piano privately and was a huge supporter of the arts.  Her passion for the piano inspired generations.  The Gavilan College music department hopes that the competition will inspire young musicians in the community and encourage them to strive for musical excellence.