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Auditors’ Division

Audition method (choose one):

  • Email Vimeo or YouTube links to txstateipf@txstate.edu
  • Request 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.

TXST Int’l Piano Competition
TXST Int’l Piano Competition

The 11th Texas State International Piano Festival is happy to announce our Second Texas State International Piano Competition. The competition will be held  between May 30 and June 7, 2020 at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. All competitors must be current participants of the festival. This competition is open to anyone eligible for the festival.

All application requirements will be due on February 15, 2020. 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 11th TSIPF where the contestants will compete in a live solo and concerto round.

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 best showcase their overall ability as a pianist. Movements of sonatas are allowed. Applicants are also required to submit a movement of a concerto from the following list:

Mozart: any concerto
Beethoven: any concerto
Brahms: any concerto
Chopin: concerti Nos. 1 or 2
Grieg: concerto in A Minor
Liszt: Totentanz, 1st concerto or Rhapsodie Espagnole (Liszt/Busoni)
Mendelssohn: concerto No. 1 or Capriccio Brillante
Prokofiev: concerti Nos. 1 or 3
Saint-Saens: concerto No. 2
Schumann: concerto in A Minor
Rachmaninoff: concerti Nos. 1, 2, or the first movement of 3
Tchaikovsky: concerto No. 1

The concerto movement must be accompanied, either with orchestra or piano accompaniment.

Final Solo Round

Finalists will select a solo program of free repertoire between 25–30 minutes. Repertoire from the prescreening round may be repeated in the final round. Along with the chosen solo repertoire, all finalists will perform a commissioned work, lasting between 5–7 minutes, in their program.

Final Concerto Round

The concerto movement in the final round will be the same concerto movement submitted in the original application. The finalists may not request a different concerto or a movement. On the chance that two finalists are playing the same movement, the competition director may request a different concerto movement from the finalist.

Prizes for 2nd TSIPC

1st Place – $2,000 + a professional engagement, either a solo recital at Texas State University, or a concerto engagement with the Laredo Philharmonic

2nd Place – $1,000

3rd Place – $750

Audience Award – $500 (Concerto round only)

Commission Work Award – $500

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 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.

Winners of the Concerto Competition will be notified by April 1, 2020.

Concerto Repertoire

Mozart: any concerto
Beethoven: any concerto
Brahms: any concerto
Chopin: concerti Nos. 1 or 2
Grieg: concerto in A Minor
Liszt: Totentanz, 1st concerto or Rhapsodie Espagnole (Liszt/Busoni)
Mendelssohn: concerto No. 1 or Capriccio Brillante
Prokofiev: concerti Nos. 1 or 3
Saint-Saens: concerto No. 2
Schumann: concerto in A Minor
Rachmaninoff: concerti Nos. 1, 2, or the first movement of 3
Tchaikovsky: concerto No. 1

The concerto movement must be accompanied, either with orchestra or piano accompaniment.

11th 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 12th 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.

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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.

Key Dates

February 15, 2020

Deadline for Texas State International Piano Competition

March 7, 2020

Application and recording for Festival and Concerto Competition


March 15, 2020

Festival and TSIPC notification

Commissioned piece sent out electronically


March 18, 2020

Deposit due (festival participants)


April 1, 2020

Balance due in full

TSIPF Concerto Competition notification

Festival program information due

Competition Finals program due


May 30, 2020

Arrival on campus

Tuition

Festival Participants

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

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 opening concert on May 30, 2020 and concerto finale with the Central Texas Philharmonic on June 6th, 2020.
  • 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 opening gala on June 1st and concerto finale with the Central Texas Philharmonic on June 6th, 2020.
  • Transportation to and from the Austin International Airport

* 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 www.ci.austin.tx.us/austinairport.

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.