A decision has been made to postpone the Junior, Regular & Senior Division Contests until May, 2022.  It is simply not feasible to hold these events given the present health pandemic. The University of Mississippi safety protocols prohibit a live audience at this time. The Contest personnel have agreed to host a virtual New Rag Contest under modified rules on Memorial Day weekend, 2021 in addition to a noncompetitive Junior Showcase for those competitors ages 17-and-under.  Stay tuned for details for both of these events in the coming weeks.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we traverse these very difficult times. – Ian Hominick, Art. Dir.

– *Junior, Regular & Senior Division contests postponed until May, 2022

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 next 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!

New! Virtual New Rag Contest 2021  

Since we cannot assemble in Oxford this year, the Contest Board has decided to do a virtual New Rag Contest for 2021 to be aired on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at a time TBA. There are some changes to the usual rules so please be sure to read them carefully. We hope to see many video submissions for this popular and creative event!

New!  Virtual Junior Showcase 2021

In lieu of our annual Junior Division Contest, and in an effort to keep our youthful competitors energized and musically active, the Contest will put on a Virtual Showcase for pianists ages 18-and-under on Friday, May 28, 2021 at a time TBA.  We hope to see and hear many past entrants as well as lots of new faces in this year’s Junior Showcase.  There is no fee to enter and no winner will be chosen.

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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 2021 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.

Four Arrows performs in his own inimitable way during the 2019 Contest.

Ted Lemen presents prizes to those in the Junior Division.

Don’t Miss Out on This Exciting Event!