Audition Requirements

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Young Artists Division
College Division
Auditors Division

Audition method (choose one):

  • Mailing a DVD
  • Emailing YouTube links
  • Requesting a live audition

Audition Repertoire

*Required for the Festival only

Two solo works of contrasting style demonstrating the technical and musical abilities of the applicant (concertos are not allowed)

Festival Repertoire

Accepted participants will be required to bring at least two solo works ready for performance, one of which should be less than 10 minutes in length. A third “ready” or “in progress” solo work/concerto might be brought for instruction in the private lessons.

Ben I. Gomez Piano Competition
Ben I. Gomez Piano Competition

All competitors must be participants in the 9th Texas State International Piano Festival.

Any applicant who falls into either of the categories below will NOT be eligible for this competition:
– Related to any member of the Jury or
– Has studied as a private student with any member of the Jury as their primary teacher at any University or School of Music in the past four years [excluding master classes, summer programs and festivals]


– Has been coached by a member of the Jury in preparation for the Competition

ALL SELECTED FINALISTS AND ALTERNATES are required to provide proof of a valid visa (for non-US citizens) and medical insurance upon acceptance.

Repertoire Requirements

Along with the competition application, students need to submit at least 40 minutes of video featuring at least one movement of a concerto from Group A and one movement of a concerto from Group B. The video must have accompaniment, either orchestra or second piano. Cuts are allowed in accompaniment parts. Prescreening videos are due by March 15. Finalists of the competition will be notified by April 1.

Finalists will be allowed 40-minute time slots. Finalists will perform at least one movement of a concerto from Group A and one movement of a concerto from Group B. Finalists are urged to design their competition program so that it displays the full range of their artistic ability. When submitting your finals repertoire, please indicate exactly where you would like your cuts in the orchestral part. A collaborative pianist will be provided for you but you may choose to bring your own at your own expense. Your total time, including orchestra parts, must be between 35 to 40 minutes.

Repertoire changes to the 40-minute competition program will not be allowed after April 1, 2018.

All finalists will receive a minimum of half-tuition scholarship to participate in the 9th Texas State International Piano Festival.

Failure to comply with the above regulations will result in the disqualification of the contestant.

All works must be performed by memory (both, in video and live).


Group A

• Mozart: Any Concerto
• Beethoven: Concerto Nos. 1 & 2

Group B.

• Bartok: Any Concerto
• Beethoven: Concerto Nos. 3-5
• Brahms: Any Concerto
• Chopin: Any Concerto
• Grieg: Concerto in A Minor
• Liszt: Concerto No. 1, Totentanz, or Rhapsodie Espagnole
• Mendelssohn: Concerto No. 1 or Capriccio Brilliant Op. 22
• Prokofiev: Concerto Nos. 1-3
• Saint- Saëns: Concerto Nos. 2 & 5
• Schumann: Concerto in A Minor
• Rachmaninoff: Concerto Nos. 1-4, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
• Ravel Concerto in G
• Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1
*Any other concertos must be approved by TSIPF


The winner of the Ben I. Gomez Piano Competition will receive engagements with at least two different orchestras. These concerto performances will happen during the orchestras’ 2018/2019 season.

Selection of finalists

The pre-screening judges will listen to all recordings submitted by the applicants, and will select 9 finalists to attend the Competition and Festival. The pre-screening Judges will also name three applicants to serve as alternates.

TSIPF Concerto Competition
TSIPF Concerto Competition

This year’s concerto competition will be open to all participants. In place of the festival audition repertoire, participants are invited to submit a DVD or YouTube links of a movement from the listed concerti, either with orchestral or piano accompaniment. Winners will perform the same movement with the Round Rock Symphony on the festival finale concert.

Winners of the Concerto Competition will be notified by April 20, 2018.

Concerto Repertoire

Mozart: any concerto
Beethoven: any concerto
Brahms: any concerto
Chopin: any concerto
Grieg: Concerto in a minor
Liszt: Totentanz, 1st Concerto or Rhapsodie Espagnole (Liszt/Busoni)
Mendelssohn: Concerto No. 1, or Capriccio Brilliant Op. 22
Prokofiev: Concerto No. 1 or 3
Saint-Saens: Concerto No. 2
Schumann: Concerto in a minor
Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 1, 2, first movement of 3
Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1

9th TSIPF Competition

Since the beginning of the festival, we have held a ‘blind’ competition during the festival where we awarded the top prize winner a special prize. This year, there will be two blind competitions. The two awards for the blind competitions will the Betty Dickinson Award and the Patrick W. Price Award. Both awards come with a full tuition prize to the 10th TSIPF. Furthermore, the recipient of the Betty Dickinson Award will be invited back during the academic year to present a special recital. All expenses will be covered by TSIPF.

Click here for the addresses to submit DVD or links

Travel and Accomodation

Competition finalists will be responsible for their own travel expenses to/from San Marcos, Texas. However, those students flying to/from the Austin International Airport, will be provided with complimentary transportation to/from San Marcos.

Participants must choose between the Ben I. Gomez Piano Competition and the Concerto Competition.


Festival Participants

Tuition: $700 + Room and Board: $400 = $1100. Single room is available for $500

This fee covers:

  • Participation in two private lessons and one master class
  • Participation in extra-curricular activities and local transportation, organized by TSIPF
  • Admission to all concerts, master classes and presentations
  • Two tickets for the finale concert with the Round Rock Symphony on June 9th, 2018.
  • Transportation to and from the Austin International Airport
  • Access to practice rooms

* This fee does NOT include the application fee

**Single room is available for $500

Auditors Division

Tuition: $250

Day passes are available to everyone at $50

This fee covers admission to:

  • Master classes
  • Private lessons
  • Presentations
  • All concerts, including the Ben I. Gomez Piano Competition and the finale concert with the Round Rock Symphony
  • All receptions, including inaugural reception on June 2nd, 2018

* This fee does NOT include the Room&Board and the application fee

Accommodation and Travel

All students in the Young Artist Division will remain under counselor supervision during their entire stay.

This policy does not apply to students in the College Division. Students may request a roommate. If both individuals request each other, those individuals will be placed together. Single room is available at additional charge (see Tuition)

San Marcos is serviced by the Austin Bergstrom Airport, an easily accessible airport just 30 minutes from San Marcos. Most major carriers offer direct or connecting flights to the Austin airport. For airport information, go to

Escort Service at the Airport

Children flying to the airport can be met by a festival escort at the gate of their arrival.  If your child is flying unaccompanied, we will provide you and your child with contact information for the escort meeting your child. For children under age 15 flying unaccompanied, please check airline regulations regarding additional restrictions that must be met.

Key Dates

March 15, 2018

Application and DVD recordings
for all competitions must
be received

April 1, 2018

Festival and the Ben I. Gomez Piano Competition results notification

April 8, 2018

Deposit due (festival participants)

April 15, 2018

Balance due (festival participants)

June 2, 2018

Arrive on campus (everybody)