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Audition Repertoire

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.

2nd Betty Dickinson Piano Competition

The 13th Texas State International Piano Festival is happy to announce our Second Betty Dickinson Piano Competition. The competition will be held in conjunction with the 13th Texas State International Piano Festival, held from June 3 – June 11, 2023 at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. All competitors must be participants of the 13th TSIPF. This competition is open to anyone eligible for the festival.

All application requirements will be due on February 15, 2023. No late or incomplete applications will be considered. Application fee will be $75 (non-refundable).

Six finalists and three alternates will be selected by the pre-screening jury to compete at the 13th TSIPF. Finalists will compete in a live solo round.

2nd Betty Dickinson Piano Competition Repertoire
Prescreening Round

Applicants are required to submit 30-40 minutes of solo repertoire of their choice. Applicants are highly encouraged to submit music in various styles that reflect their musicianship in the best way. Movements of sonatas are allowed.

Final Round

— Finalists will select a solo program of free repertoire between 25-30 minutes.
— Repertoire from the pre-screening program may be repeated in the final round.

Prizes for Second Betty Dickinson Piano Competition

We will award one 1st place and two ranked alternates.

  • 1st place winner will receive the following concerts:
    • Concert at Blanco Performing Arts Series
    • Concert at Steinway Piano Gallery in Austin or San Antonio
    • Concert at Steinway Hall in New York City
    • Recommendation from TSIPF and Steinway Piano Gallery Austin/San Antonio towards the title “Young Steinway Artist”
    • *Full tuition scholarship to the 14th TSIPF.

*If the winner cannot perform all the concerts, the alternates will be offered the concert(s).

Concerto Competition

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

Concerto Competition Repertoire

Winners of the Concerto Competition will be notified by April 1, 2023.

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

13th 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. The prize for the blind competition will the Patrick W. Price Award. It comes with a full tuition prize to the 14th TSIPF.

Key Dates

February 15, 2023

Second Betty Dickinson Piano Competition application is due

March 10, 2023

Festival and Concerto Competition applications due

March 22, 2023

Notification for Festival

March 29, 2023

Deposit for participants due

April 1, 2023

Notification for Concerto Competition

April 5, 2023

Balance in full due

May 5, 2023

Last day for refund

June 3, 2023

First day of the Festival


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.

Festival Participants

Tuition: $700 + Room and Board: $500 = $1200. Single room is available for $650

This fee covers:

Participation in two private lessons and two master classes

Participation in extra-curricular activities and local transportation, organized by TSIPF

Admission to concerts, master classes, and presentations

Two tickets for the inaugural concert on June 3th and Concerto Competition winners’ performance on June 10th.

Transportation to and from the Austin International Airport

Access to practice rooms

* This fee does NOT include the application fee

Auditors Division

*Tuition: $250

Day passes are available to everyone at $50

This fee covers admission to:

Admission to concerts, master classes, and presentations

Two tickets for the inaugural concert featuring concerto round of TXST Int’l Piano Competition on June 4th and Concerto Competition winners’ performance on June 11th.

Transportation to and from the Austin International Airport

Parents and Guardians of the Festival participants

*Tuition: $100

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