Portland Youth Competition

Date(s) - 06/06/2020 - 06/07/2020
All Day

Piano Event Details


Announcing Michelle’s Piano Competition on June 7th, open to all students aged 18 or younger! 

The Competition Dates are Saturday and Sunday June 6th & 7th, 2020.

Participants, please complete and submit the full Application to Michelle’s Piano at www.michellespiano.com/competititon

Registration opens Feb 10, 2020 while the deadline is April 1, 2020 at 11:59pm ET.

non-refundable application fee of $75 USD must be paid at the time of the application submission to, “Michelle’s Piano, 600 SE Stark St. Portland OR 97214”

Parents must fill out a short questionnaire with the application.

A confirmation message will then be sent once the application has been received.

Afterwards, our competition concierge will contact participants with further instructions.

All applicants may schedule time to practice on the competition instrument before their audition day. To schedule a rehearsal time, applicants must contact the competition concierge – Larry Villella – directly at larry@michellespiano.com


Each participant is required to perform two pieces and will be allotted the following amount of time for the performance of both compositions:

Division I: Ages 9 and under (max 8 minutes)
Division II: Ages 10-13 (max 10 minutes)
Division III: Ages 14-18 (max 15 minutes)

Judges reserve the right to cut off performances at their discretion.

The two pieces must be contrasting works for solo piano from two different eras of Western classical music, including Classical, Baroque, Romantic, and Twentieth Century. Music must be performed memorized.

Applicants must bring hard copies of their music (photocopies or books) with minimal markings for the judges.

Contestants will be graded on the following criteria, using a rating scale of 1-5:

Musicianship: They will be judged on their ability to make their piece sound sonorous, showing their command of shadings or phrasing, and levels of expression, elevating the music rather than playing by rote.

Replicating the score:  Performances should show strict adherence to what is written by the composer in the score including stylistic elements.

Technique: Contestants must show they possess the requisite technique in terms of execution of the most challenging passages of a piece, and should display as near to flawless a performance as possible.

Memory: Contestants shall perform their selected pieces without referring to the score.

Performance presence: Contestants are expected to display a professional demeanor, and at the same time to be themselves and to enjoy their time!

Age requirements apply to applicant’s age as of June 7, 2020. Applicants must reside in the United States or Canada.

Judges will be announced in the application for the competition. If a change is made, this will be announced within the Michelle’s Piano showroom prior to the competition.

Students, teachers, parents, and audience members should not approach the judges for any reason before or during the competition.

Assigned audition times should be honored except in extreme circumstances.

Competitors are responsible for their own expenses to participate in the competition, including the cost of their travel.

Contestants should wear professional attire.

They must perform live without sheet music.

Michelle’s Piano reserve the rights to photograph, record, or video the auditions of contestants and winners and to use these assets for marketing purposes. No extra fee will be paid to the contestants.

Prizes for First Place Winners

Division I: $400
Division II:
Division III:

Each winner is solely responsible for reporting and paying any and all applicable taxes related to the prize(s) and paying any expenses associated with any prizes. Any person winning over $600 in prizes from the Michelle’s will be required to provide a tax ID, and will receive an IRS form 1099 at the end of the calendar year and a copy of such form will be filed with the IRS.

For questions – call Larry Villella – Competition Director 503-295-1180

Piano Event Location

Michelle’s Piano
600 SE Stark St.
Portland , OR 97214