Contest – May 25-28, 2017

Every year over Memorial Day weekend in Oxford, Mississippi, the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest is held to provide an opportunity for aspiring pianists to compete and learn in a stimulating atmosphere, and to educate people about old-time piano music written prior to 1940.

Through the years, the contest has provided more than $50,000 in prize money to more than 500 piano players from across the United States and from five foreign countries. Players in 2017 will compete in two divisions—Regular and Junior—as they vie for close to $6,000 and trophies—including in the Piano Duet and New Rag Contests, where aspiring composers present their original tunes.

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A variety of other activities include workshops, guest artist concerts, a sing-along variety show, a double-decker bus tour of historic Oxford, the Ring of Ragtime on the Oxford Square and a chance play in the Old-Time Orchestry.

This is a weekend packed with Ragtime, Tin Pan Alley and Standard tunes played by amazing piano players. You don’t have to play piano to enjoy music that will have your toes tapping. You’ll have the old-time of your life at the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest.

Look Who’s Coming…

Regular Division
  • David Cavalari, Eagan, MN
  • Jacob Adams, Minneapolis, MN
  • Raymond Liebau, Malvern, AR
  • Michael Drexler, New York, NY

Junior Division

  • Oliver Moore, Orland, CA
  • Zachary Jones, Pembroke Pines, FL

Duet Contest
New Rag Contest
  • Ron Pufall, Friendship, WI
  • David Cavalari, Eagan, MN
  • Jacob Adams, Minneapolis, MN

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Enter the Contest

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Purchase Tickets

Single-event tickets available or weekend passes on sale at a substantial discount!

Donate

If you wish to become a patron of the Old-Time Piano Playing Contest,  please contact Ian Hominick at  oldtimepianocontest@olemiss.edu

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