The Young Hoosier State Piano Competition is a statewide all-inclusive fine arts event that promotes our Indiana youth’s enjoyment of playing and performing piano.  Participants at all levels select a piece of music from various musical categories in their age division to perform before a judge, scoring based on their performance.  Participants with high scores move on to a final round of competition.  Winners of the final round are showcased in an Honors Recital, which closes the event.  Our partners, adjudicators, sponsors, and volunteers aim to create a positive and encouraging atmosphere each year where our Young Hoosiers may grow and hone their performance skills and musicality.



1. All entries must be made in accordance with the terms and conditions.

2. REGISTER ONLINE: Registration begins April 1, 2022.  To enter the competition go to www.younghoosierpiano.com and follow the prompts. Each individual participant is required to pay the Registration and Performance Categories fees, including those participating in an Ensemble. A participant is not considered registered until payment is made in full. Payment can be made online with a valid credit card.

Enter between April 1 – May 15, 2022
• Registration Fee: $25
• Performance Category Fee: $10 for each category

Enter between May 16 – May 26, 2022
• Registration Fee: $50
• Performance Category Fee: $10 for each category

*Each person in an Ensemble must pay the Registration and Performance Category fees.

4. No entries will be accepted after May 26, 2022.

5. All participants who complete the Preliminary Round will receive:
• A commemorative Young Hoosier State Piano Competition T-shirt
• A commemorative Pin

6. AGE DIVISIONS: (age as of June 1, 2022)
• Youth (ages 5-6)
• Primary (ages 7-8)
• Elementary (ages 9-10)
• Junior (ages 11-12)
• Mid-Teen (ages 13-15)
• Sr. Teen (ages 16-18)
• Collegiate (ages 18-22)

CLASSICAL: Includes standard repertoire by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and other composers from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic or 20th Century. Pieces must be for piano solo. No arrangements or adaptations.
NON-CLASSICAL: Popular, Country, Religious, Method Books and composers such as Alexander, Bober, Mier, Rollin and Vandall.
SONATINA: One or more movements from a Sonatina by any composer. The word“Sonatina” must be in the title of the piece. All movements must be from the same Sonatina. No arrangements or adaptations.
SONATA: One movement of a sonata from any period of music. No arrangements or adaptations.
RAGTIME: Any piece in the style of Scott Joplin Rags.
JAZZ, BLUES & BOOGIE: Any piece in the jazz, blues, or boogie style.
AMERICAN SONGBOOK: Arrangements of pieces from Broadway Musicals or musical films. Examples: The Sound of Music, Wicked, Beauty and the Beast.
INTERNATIONAL MUSIC: The title of the piece describes a location or dance outside the United States. Examples: Nights in Spain, Tahitian Sunset, In a Syrian Bazar, Strolling Down A Paris Lane.
STATES OF THE UNION: Any piece about one of the 50 States or a place in the state. Examples: Travelin’ the Oregon Trail, Monument Valley, The Windy City, Tupelo Rock and Roll.
MUSIC FROM VIDEO GAMES: Any piece from a video game soundtrack.
ENSEMBLE: More than one person at one piano.


FREDERIC CHOPIN: Any original composition by Frederic Chopin. No simplified arrangements or adaptations.


“20th” CENTURY COMPOSERS:  You may play pieces by any composer born in the 20th Century. (Jan. 1, 1900 – Dec. 31, 1999).

When registering for the competition, please select the date and location that works best for you.  Once registration has closed, we will send you confirmation of your Preliminary Round site and date.

  • Piano Solutions:  June 3, 4, 9, 10, 16-19, 21, 23-26, 28, 30, 575 W. Carmel Dr., Carmel, IN  46032
  • First United Methodist Church:  June 7, 2022, 618 8th St., Columbus, IN  47201
  • Purdue University:  June 11-12, Pao Hall, 552 W. Wood St., West Lafayette, IN  47907

University of Indianapolis (listed by Age Division):

  • August 5, Sr. Teen & Collegiate
  • August 6, Junior
  • August 7, Primary
  • August 12, Youth
  • August 13, Elementary
  • August 14, Mid-Teen

1. All registration is online.

2. All communication is by email. You will receive your Preliminary Round time a few days after the final entry deadline.

3. All participants must compete in person. No recorded performances will be accepted.

4. All pieces performed must meet category requirements.

5. Participants may NOT perform the same piece of music in more than one category.

6. Maximum performance time for Youth, Primary, Elementary & Junior level is 5 minutes. Maximum performance time for Mid- Teen, Sr. Teen, and Collegiate is 8 minutes. If you exceed the maximum time, you may be stopped by the judges.

7. There is no minimum time limit, but your piece must be at least 16 measures long without repeats. Pieces must be played without cuts. No notes may be edited out.

8. All of a participant’s categories must be performed on the same day. In the Ensemble category, we may make an exception if members of an ensemble are not siblings.

9. Memorization is not required in the Preliminary Round but is required at the Final Round in all categories except Ensemble.

10. Provide one original score for the judges.  If you have printed music from the internet include documentation of the free website or proof of purchase. No copied music is allowed unless your piece is permanently out of print or in the public domain.

11. Photocopying of music at the competition sites is not permitted.

12. All measures MUST be clearly numbered. This regulation must be followed to advance to the Final Round.

13. The Registration Table opens 30 minutes prior to the start of competitions. You must check-in and verify your mailing address, email address, and phone number.

14. NO parents or teachers are allowed at the judges’ table or the performance piano. (The ONLY exception to this rule is if a parent serves as a page-turner for an ensemble.)  This regulation must be obeyed for the student to advance to the Final Round. Participants should NOT approach the judges’ table until their name is called.

15. Please wear performance attire. Shorts, flip-flop shoes, and sports outfits are not considered appropriate attire for a piano competition.

16.  NO props, hats, or costumes are allowed.

17. Ensembles may have a page-turner provided the turner stands to the left of the secondo player. To determine the level of entry for an ensemble, add together the age of each student then divide by the number of students in the ensemble.

18. There will be two judges. Each judge can score 5-50 points. You must have a combined score of 90 or higher to advance to the Final Round of competition.

19. The Preliminary Rounds are open to the participant and their families with a limited capacity due to COVID restrictions.

20. By participating in the competition, you understand that a participant and their family may be photographed or part of the competition’s video highlights for future use in marketing and promotion of the Young Hoosier State Piano Competitions and Programs.

21. Participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

22. You may video and take pictures of your child at the competition.


CHERYL EVERETT, Director, Young Hoosier State Piano Competition, info@younghoosierpiano.com

DONITA MURPHY-SIMS, Event Marketing, Young Hoosier State Piano Competition

GREG DURTHALER, Greg@pianosolutions.net