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2019 Robert Beardsley Annual Piano Prize

Ruthmere Museum is proud to announce the 2019 Annual Robert B. Beardsley Piano Prize Competition. This competition seeks to discover the next piano virtuoso in the music world.

RBB Piano Prize 2019 OFFICIAL RULES

Preliminary Round: Deadline August 1, 2019 
Entrants for the Beardsley Competition are required to prepare a video audition, 5 to 10 minutes long, showcasing two contrasting musical styles or time periods. Video submissions via YouTube links are preferred.  Applicants please follow instructions below when submitting your entry. Up to 6 Finalists will be selected.

Finals Round: Live Competition on September 28, 2019
Finalists will perform 15-20 minutes of music for the judging panel and the general public at the Ruthmere Game Room. Competition performances begin at Noon, with individual performance times yet to be determined. Tickets are available to the general public for just $5 per seat. Each finalist will receive $100.

Grand Prize Winner’s Performance: October 10, 2019
Competition Winner is required to perform a full one-hour opening concert of the Ruthmere Fall Concert series at 7pm. Grand Prize winner will receive a cash award of $1,000 presented at the concert, and have his or her name displayed alongside the Beardsley Cup on permanent exhibit at Ruthmere.


Dr. Mary Rose Norell, Dr. Luke Norell, and Dr. Daniel Lin have agreed to serve as the three-person panel of judges for this competition. Dr. Mary Rose Norell is the director of the Community School of the Arts located at the Goshen College Music Center, and Dr. Luke Norell is the Community School of the Arts piano program director. Dr. Daniel Lin is Assistant Professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, and brings an impressive résumé of international performances and prizes to his credit.

The Beardsley Cup, composed of sterling silver and manufactured in 1907 in London, resides in a new custom built display case with the names of the winners of the Beardsley Competition. The inaugural recipient in 2017, Nicholas Roth, was named in recognition of his long devotion to Ruthmere and its Fall Concert Series. The 2018 winner was Nicholas Susi from Duluth, Minnesota. Please contact Ruthmere Museum at (574) 264-0330 ext. 107 if you have any questions regarding the competition or the entry requirements.          

Application for the 2019 Competition is now closed.



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