This competition was named after Bernice Jones, a long-time Mankato area resident, pianist and supporter of the musical arts. The festival was able to begin because of a generous donation made by Mrs. Jones. It continues to operate mostly from the application fees of participants. We are often helped though, by small grants from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council.
This year we have included 6th grade performers!
6th -12th grade participants
Date of Festival:Saturday, April 4th from 8:00 am. to 1:30 p.m.
Date of Honor's Recital:Sunday, April 5th at 2:30 p.m.
Location of Festival & Honor's Recital: Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota
The Application Fee is $20 per student. This fee also covers the student, teacher, family members and guests for a noon luncheon. Students are encouraged to apply for Grant-in-Aid which can cover up to half of this fee. The Grant-in-Aid application can be found on this website.
Applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2020
Teacher dues are waived for those teachers entering students for the first time. But we encourage all teachers to benefit from membership in our organization. Annual dues are $30 which includes all monthly meetings and guest speakers (see Meeting Schedule).
Dues may be sent to:
Mary Schuldt (Treasurer), at 623 W 8th Street, Mankato MN 56001
[This activity is made possible by a grant provided by the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council from funds appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature.]
Rules and Repetoire Requirements
The competition is open to all pianists in grades 6 through 12.
- Each student must play 2 (two) memorized pieces.
- Pieces must be from two different musical eras. Choose from
Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic and 20th-21st Century.
- Choose from all standard piano literature. Arrangements, transcriptions
and "pop" music are not allowed. All pieces must have been written
expressly for the piano and must be performed in their original,
unaltered and unabridged version.
- The two pieces performed must be of approximate equal difficulty.
- 6th-10th grade participants - length of both pieces together should not
exceed 10 minutes.
11th-12th grade participants - length of both pieces together should not
exceed 12 minutes.
- The participant must provide an original score of each piece for the judge.
How Does the Festival Work?
All students in a particular grade will perform for a single judge. That judge will choose winners - 1st place, 2nd place and one or more honorable mentions. All winners are requested to perform one of their pieces on the Honors Recital the following day.
Each grade (6th through 12th) is judged separately.
All participants will perform for the judges between 8:00 am and Noon on the day of the Festival.
While the judges' scores are being tabulated, a sandwich and salad luncheon will be served to everyone in attendance. There is no charge for the luncheon but donations are accepted.
The awards ceremony follows the luncheon at which time all winners will be announced and awards presented.
Winners receive cash awards in the following amounts -
- $20 to Honorable Mention winners in every grade
- 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grades: $60 to 1st place, $35 to 2nd place
- 10th and 11th grades: $100 to 1st place, $75 to 2nd place
- 12th grade: $150 to 1st place, $100 to 2nd place
All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.
The performance scores will be combined from year to year (max 100 points per year) and participation medals and trophies are awarded to students as they reach certain point levels. These medals and trophies are completely separate from the cash awards described above. You need never win a 1st, 2nd or Honorable Mention to receive these participation awards.