Photo credit: Dale Preston

July 19 – 27, 2018
Application Deadline: May 10, 2018

Introducing our new addition to the Piano Festival: The Amateur Program for Adult Pianists 

The Piano Festival begins at the close of the annual Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition. Each piano festival participant will have the opportunity to watch Cooper Competition soloists and performances with the Cleveland Orchestra in Severance Hall.

Piano Festival

The Piano Festival begins at the close of the annual Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition featuring an international pool of young pianists ages 13-18. After the Welcoming session, Festival participants are invited to the Cooper Competition Honors Concert, followed by an ice cream social!

The next day, participants observe the Friday morning Cooper master classes led by two of our guest jury members, Jon Nakamatsu and Daejin Kim. Later that day, everyone gets on the bus to Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio for the Cooper Concerto Finals which features the three Cooper finalists and the renowned Cleveland Orchestra.

The week continues with private lessons, master classes, technique and piano ensemble sessions, an optional Festival competition, and final concert in Warner Concert Hall. All participants will receive three 50-minute lessons with festival faculty as well as the opportunity to perform in public master classes.

After a week in the festival, you’ll come away a stronger, more confident pianist!

Oberlin Amateur Festival and Competition

photo of warner concert hall The Oberlin Amateur Festival and Competition welcomes amateurs of all levels to share the joy of piano playing with us.

photo of teacher with studentThe competition gives those who wish to compete the opportunity to perform for an audience of professionals and fellow music lovers. We will give recognition awards to participants in the competition. All participants will receive three 50-minute lessons with festival faculty as well as the opportunity to perform in public master classes. The final concert will include solo performances and a chance to play duets with our faculty!

photo of finney chapelAs the Festival begins at the end of the Cooper Competition, Adult Amateurs are invited to arrive early to observe all Competition events (Saturday, July 14 - Friday, July 20).