Texas Tech University

TTU Pianofest 2024

School of Music

TTU Pianofest

January 26 - 27, 2024

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Please join us for our annual TTU PianoFest, hosted by the TTU School of Music and sponsored by Steinway and Tarpley Music. PianoFest opens doors to exciting opportunities for both young pianists and their dedicated teachers, including student competitions, master classes, workshops, and more.

Alexander Korbin

This year, we are honored to have Prof. Alexander Kobrin, a Van Cliburn-winning pianist and Professor of Piano at the Eastman School of Music, as our special guest artist for a master class and recital. Two winners of the High School Piano Competition will have the exceptional opportunity to participate in his master class.

The PianoFest is free of charge for festival participants. A registration fee of $20 will be required for students participating in High School Piano Competition only.

To learn more about this event and stay updated with the latest information, please follow the Texas Tech University Keyboard Area on Facebook. We look forward to meeting new and returning participants, sharing joyful and enlightening musical experience with you!


January 26th, Friday

4:00 pm Virtual Workshop presented by Dr. Carla Cash via Zoom 

5:00pm Virtual Master Class with Dr. Se-Hee Jin and Dr. Nataliya Sukhina via Zoom 

8:00pm Guest Artist Recital - Prof. Alexander Kobrin (Buddy Holly Hall - Cricket Theatre)

January 27th, Saturday


High School Piano Competition (School of Music Choir Room)

K-12 Piano Festival (School of Music Band Room)

10:30am Workshop for K-5 Students presented by TTU Piano Pedagogy Students
(School of Music Piano Lab)

12:30pm Announcement and Winners Concert (School of Music Choir Room)

2:00pm Reception for PianoFest Participants (School of Music Main Lobby)

3:00pm Master Class for High School Competition Winners with Prof. Alexander Kobrin
(School of Music Choir Room)

8:00pm TTU Piano Student and Faculty Showcase (School of Music Choir Room)


Rules, Eligibilty & Repertoire

3 Categories

  • Elementary (grades K-5)
  • Junior-high (grades 6-8)
  • Senior-high (grades 9-12)


  • Any pieces for solo piano. Presentation by memory is recommended but not required
  • No concertos allowed
  • Performance length: Maximum 10 minutes without repeats

Winners Concert

Students selected from each category will perform at the Winners Concert.


Rules, Eligibility & Repertoire

Open to senior-high (grades 9-12) students in Texas and neighboring states.


  • Two solo works from different eras (e.g., one Baroque and one Romantic piece), presented from memory.
  • No concertos allowed.

Performance length

  • Minimum 5 minutes
  • Maximum 15 minutes

Awards/ Prizes & Winners Concert 

1st-3rd place winners (and honorable mentions, if applicable) will perform at the Winners Concert. 

  1. 1st prize: $500
  2. 2nd prize: $300
  3. 3rd prize: $200

Winning students who are high school seniors will be recommended for piano major scholarships at TTU.

Audition for TTU School of Music Undergraduate Admissions

High school seniors taking part in the High School Piano Competition have the option to use their competition performance as part of their undergraduate audition. Following the competition, an audition for an additional piece and an interview will be arranged on the day of PianoFest.



Free of Charge for the Piano Festival participants

$20 Registration fee for the High School Piano Competition participants only

On-site payment available on the day of the PianoFest (cash, check and debit/credit card accepted).

Checks payable to "Texas Tech University MTNA".

Sent to:
TTU School of Music
Attn. Dr. Carla Cash
PO Box 42033
Lubbock, TX 79409.

Teachers: If sending a group payment or several payments in one envelope, please list the FULL NAME of each student on the check along with the payment.

Due Date

All registration is due by January 24th.

Online Registration

Please register via the link:

Register Here


Program Highlights

K-5 students in a classroomStudents playing onstage with faculty memberGroup onstage waiting for annoucnementGroup onstage waiting for annoucnement


Please refer to the following Q&As for the Piano Festival and High School Competition:

Do I need to check in before my performance? Where can I pay the High School Competition registration fee?

Yes, you must check in at the registration table at the School of Music main lobby. TTU MTNA Collegiate Chapter students will assist with your check-in and payment of the competition registration fee.

Do I need to bring sheet music?

Yes, you must check in at the registration table at the School of Music main lobby. TTU MTNA Collegiate Chapter students will assist with your check-in and payment of the competition registration fee.

Is memorization of the music required?

Yes, only for High School Competition participants. Piano Festival participants are encouraged to perform from memory, but it's not mandatory.

Are the Piano Festival and High School Competition open to the public?

Yes, these events are open to the audience.

Is there any space available for warm-up before the performance?

You can warm up in a piano practice room on the Second Floor of the TTU School of Music for 10-15 minutes before your performance. TTU MTNA Collegiate Chapter students at the registration table at the School of Music main lobby will guide you to the practice room.

You may also briefly try the piano in the hall for about 10 seconds before starting your performance. For example, you can play scales, chord progressions/cadences, or a short warm-up piece.

Can I choose which piece to start with in the High School Competition?

Yes, the choice is yours. Please feel free to present the music in the order that works best for you.

When will I receive critiques from the adjudicators?

Your comments will be sent via email a few days after your performance.

Where will the announcement of winners take place?

The announcement will be made at the Hance Chapel. We encourage all participants to attend the winners' announcement to receive their certificates and join a reception afterwards.


Thank you for your participation, and we look forward to seeing you all at the 2024 TTU PianoFest! 

TTU PianoFest is sponsored by

Steinway & Sons logoTarpley Music logo 

Dr. Se-Hee Jin


Contact the Coordinator

Dr. Se-Hee Jin