Miami Dade College

Kendall Campus

Piano with shot of hands playing

Miami Dade College (MDC) Kendall Campus' Music, Theater and Dance Department is seeking contestants from local high schools in grades 9 through 12 to participate in this years High School Piano Competition.
The high school competition is open to students currently enrolled in any high school. The application deadline is Sunday, April 8, 2018. 

Interested students can't be older than 18 years of age and must apply via the online application available at:

Once a student's application has been received, they will be notified of their audition time. The competition will be held at Friday, April 20, 2018, at the MDC's Kendall Campus McCarthy Auditorium in Room 6120. . 
Trophies will be awarded to the first through third place winners. Music scholarships will be offered to qualified high school seniors interested in attending MDC’s Kendall Campus. 

Competition Guidelines for All Participants: 

  • Participants must be enrolled in high school and no more than 18 years of age.
  • Judges will provide written commentary for all participants.
  • All applications are to be made electronically at
  • Contestants will be notified of audition times after all entry information forms have been received and scheduling has been completed. 
  • Entrants who have not received confirmation by Friday, April 13, 2018 should notify Wayne Bumpers at 305-237-2392 or email
  • Warm-up rooms will be provided.

Not all prizes may be awarded. Miami Dade College reserves the right not to award prizes based on levels of performance. 

Competition Rules:

  • Participants will have a 10-minute period to perform.
  • Contestants must prepare two (only) solo compositions, which clearly contrast in tempo and character that represents two different style periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, Contemporary). A Sonata or Sonatina movement counts as one composition. Types of compositions include but are not limited to Sonatas, Preludes, Fugues, Scherzos, Ballads, Intermezzos, Toccatas, and Dances. 
  • Only original solo piano music may be used. No concertos or chamber works will be allowed. 
  • Compositions must be prepared in their entirety, but without repeats (unless required by compositional form). If it is clear that time will run out, judges may ask a student to move to a later juncture in a composition (e.g., to the coda). Monitors will stop performances when time limits have been reached. No penalty is incurred if a performer is excused, due to time constraints, before a piece is completed. 
  • Both compositions must be performed from memory. 
  • Participants must perform the works listed on the application. 
  • One score of each composition (not photocopied) must be brought for the judges. Exceptions can be made in the case of a work that is out of print. Any exception to this rule must be cleared before the date of the competition. 
  • Contestants will be judged on degree of difficulty, tone, rhythm, style, execution, memory, and musicianship. 
  • Other than a cushion if needed, no apparatus, furniture, or attachment may be brought into the audition studio. 
  • Participant must be present at the Awards Ceremony at the end of the competition to receive their prize.
  • Participants will receive comment sheets by mail after the competition. 

For more information about MDC’s High School Piano Competition, contact Wayne Bumpers at 305-237-2392 or