2022 Junior Contest
Saturday, May 28 @ 9 am

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These are the Official Rules for the 2022 edition of the World Championship Old-time Piano Playing Contest and Festival. The “Piano Contest” rules below have been revised, so please read them carefully.

Note: On Saturday, May 28, 2022 all contestants must draw for playing order  at 8:00 a.m. in Rm. #153 of the Music Building.

ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS FOR THE JUNIOR DIVISION

* Note: Junior contestants should also read all of the Regular Division rules, as many apply to both divisions!

ELIGIBILITY: Junior contestants are defined as those 17 years of age or under on the day of competition. Any contestant winning the Junior Division a total of three (3) times (not necessarily in consecutive years) may no longer compete in the Junior Division. However, the age requirement will be waived for them, and they may then compete in the Regular Division.

FORMAT: Up to ten (10) Junior Division contestants play on Saturday and the Junior Division champ will be announced at the close of the Junior Contest. Each Junior Division contestant must prepare two (2)  selections, but are not required to play mandatory standard tunes or comply with the “theme selection” as required in the Regular Division.

PRIZES: The Junior Champion is awarded a prize of $500 and a permanent trophy. A second-place prize of $300 and third-place prize of $150 will also be awarded. The Junior Division champion is traditionally invited to make a special appearance Sunday afternoon to play a tune on stage prior to the beginning of the competitions.

TIME LIMIT: A total of eight (8) minutes playing time is allowed for each contestant’s performance of both their tunes (not including time for audience applause, interview time with the emcee, etc.). The penalty for playing in excess of the time limit prescribed is five (5) points for each 30 seconds, or fraction thereof, of overtime.

ENTRY FEE: The entry fee for the Junior Division is $40 with a penalty fee for late entry $25. This entry fee is not refundable unless the contest is canceled.

PARENTAL CONSENTContestants in the Junior Division must have their entry confirmed by a parent or guardian by means of a separate email to the Contest Director at oldtimepianocontest@olemiss.edu.

Questions about the rules or repertoire selections? Contact the Contest Coordinator William McNally at pianobill@gmail.com.

2022 Online Entry Form
*available February 1st