The festival is open to piano students, piano teachers, and amateurs. There is no age limit. You may register either as an Active Participant or as an Observer.


To apply, please submit the following:


Completed application form (no application fee is required). You can download it and mail it to the address below or email all the answers to the information requested in the application form to


For active participants only
Letter of recommendation from current teacher and/or another distinguished musician. This letter may also be emailed to


Refund and Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made before July 1, 2017 will qualify for a full refund less a $75 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given after July 1, 2017.



The competition is open to all participants of the 2017 Piano Spark Festival. Categories: Pre-college (up to 18) and College/Professional (18 and up)


Each participant needs to present a 15-minute program of solo piano works representing at least 2 stylistic periods. The program must include one piano miniature (less than 4 minutes long). All repertoire must be performed from memory. Competitors who choose to play a sonata or suite will be allowed to play a single movement.


1st Prize: Diploma and Gold Medal
The 1st Prize winner of the College/Professional category will be invited to present solo piano recital during the 2016-17 concert season of the Piano Spark Series at CUA in Washington, DC. Transportation and accommodation will be paid by the PSF. Only one 1st Prize will be awarded in each category.
2nd Prize: Diploma and Silver Medal
3rd Prize: Diploma and Bronze Medal
Honorable Mention Diplomas
All prizes except the 1st Prize can be shared. The PSF reserves the right to give additional prizes. Prizes will be presented at the Gala Concert of the Prizewinners of the Catholic University Piano Competition on Monday, July 31, 2017, at 4pm in Ward Recital Hall. All winners are required to participate.


The CUA Piano Competition will be judged by piano faculty and guest artists of the 2016 WIPF. Judges' decisions are final. Judges are not obligated to award all prizes. Judges have the right to interrupt a performance during the competition.


The Catholic University of America Piano Competition will take place in Ward Recital Hall on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at 7:00 pm. Competitors will perform in alphabetical order. There will be a Gala Concert of the Prizewinners of the Catholic University of America Piano Competition on Monday, August 1, 2016, at 4:00pm in Ward Recital Hall. All winners are required to participate.


All participants in the CUA Piano Competition will be automatically considered for selection at the Kennedy Center Concerts (no separate audition will be required). Competitors who do not wish to be considered for the Kennedy Center performances should indicate "CUAPC ONLY" on their WIPF Application Forms.