Piano Competition

The 28th Annual Bradley University Piano Competition will be held on the Bradley University campus at Dingeldine Music Center, corner of Institute and Barker Streets, Peoria, on Sunday, March 12, 2017.  This competition provides performance opportunities for talented young pianists within a radius of 90 miles of Peoria, Illinois.

Prizes and Awards

The eight winners will receive:

1st place


2nd place


3rd place


4th place


5th place


6th place


7th place


8th place


Additionally, all participants will be offered a $75 scholarship to the Bradley Summer Piano Camp, held June 5 to June 9, 2017 on the Bradley University campus.


Age: 15-18 as of January 1, 2017 


  • All online applications must be submitted no later than 11:59PM on February 12, 2017.
  • Applications will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis due to limited availability.
  • Due to limited scheduling availability, a non-refundable application fee of $20.00 must be submitted within 10 days after receiving the application confirmation email in order to guarantee a performance time. The check should be made payable to “Bradley University Music Department” and mailed to:
    Bradley University
    Department of Music
    1501 W. Bradley Avenue
    Peoria, IL 61625
  • A detailed schedule regarding the performance times and the honors recital will be announced approximately two weeks prior to the competition.

Repertoire Requirements

  • The program must contain compositions of at least two different periods of music: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic & 20th -21st
  • Maximum performance time is 20 minutes. There is no minimum performance time limit.
  • The judges may reserve the right to hear all or a portion of each work for programs that exceed 20 minutes. 
  • The decision of the judges is final. First place winners cannot reenter the competition.
  • All works must be performed from memory.
  • Bring one original score with measures numbered. No copied music is allowed.
  • The contestant may begin with the piece of his/her choice.

Winners Announcement & Recital

Winners announcement will be made at the pizza party held immediately after the conclusion of the competition in Dingledine Music Center. All participants are required to attend, and their supporters are welcome. The winners’ recital will follow, in which each winner will perform one of the compositions that he or she played. If the winner fails to perform at the winners’ recital, the cash prize will not be awarded. The recital will be held in Peters Recital Hall at Dingeldine Music Center and will be open to the public.

For more information, please contact Dr. Chee Hyeon Choi at cchoi@fsmail.bradley.edu