2020 Contest Cancelled
Due to the public health crisis facing us, the 2020 Contest is officially cancelled. Refunds will be issued to anyone who purchased tickets to the 2020 event as well as contestants who have paid registration fees. We hope to see all of you back with us in Oxford, MS for the next Contest, May 27-30, 2021. Please stay healthy and respect the advice from our public health officials. – Ian Hominick, Director
Welcome to the official site of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest & Festival. Take your time to explore our event and make plans to join us in Oxford, Mississippi for the 46th annual Contest as a competitor or as a member of the audience. If you like ragtime, traditional jazz, blues, honky-tonk, boogie-woogie and novelty songs from the early 20th Century, you’ll have the time of your life in Oxford. All events are family-friendly so pack up the kids and make a day of it! We’re looking forward to hosting YOU this Memorial Day weekend!
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Every year over Memorial Day weekend in Oxford, Mississippi, the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest is held to provide an opportunity for 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 $60,000 in prize money to more than 500 piano players from across the United States and from five foreign countries. Players in 2020 will compete in three divisions—Regular, Junior & Senior—as they vie for over $6,000 plus trophies—as well as the New Rag Contest, where aspiring composers present their original tunes.
A variety of other activities include workshops, guest artist performances, silent movies, an old-time sing-along, a double-decker bus tour of historic Oxford, and after-hours events every night on the Oxford Square.
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 time of your life at the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest.