Next Contest May 23-25, 2025

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Our 50th anniversary Contest was a huge success with lots of contestants and a better audience turnout. The quality of performances was extraordinary and we hope to see you all back in Oxford in May 2025. Congratulations to the 2024 Contest winners listed below:

Winner – Tom Lakeland, Cannock Great Britain

1. Thomas Beggs, Madison Florida
2. John Patrick Hutchinson, Rockingham NC
3. Max Libertor, Torrance CA

1. Paul Orsi, Surprise AZ
2. Jean-Baptiste Franc, Boulogne FR
3. Warren Ertle, Tuscaloosa AL
4. Zach Mandernach, East Northport NY
5. David Cavalari, Eden Prairie MN

1. Faye Ballard, Champaign IL
2. Brooks Christensen, Humble TX
3. Kent Ellingson, Dallas TX

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 2024 will compete in three divisions—Regular, Junior & Senior—as they vie for cash prizes totaling $10,000 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, and after-hours events every night.

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.