Hayes School of Music Piano Competition

Hayes School of Music Piano Competition

UPDATE:  Congratulations to all the participants of the inaugural 2018 Hayes School of Music Piano Competition! 

1st Place:  Christopher Tavernier - teachers: John Cobb / Douglas Weeks

2nd Place (tie): Kevin Xu - teacher: Florence Ko

2nd Place (tie): Trung Nguyen - teacher: Marjorie Lee

3rd Place: Tan Nguyen - teacher: Marjorie Lee

Honorable Mention: Carson Garcia - teacher: Diane Higgins

Honorable Mention: Dominic Rajagopal - teacher: Karen Boyd



Christopher Tavernier           

  Sponsor Lucy Chu & Christopher Tavernier (1st place)  


 Nguyens & Douthit

   Tan Nguyen (3rd Place), Dean Douthit, Trung Nguyen (2nd place-tie)


 HSOM Piano Competition 2018 

Dennis Alexander (judge), James Douthit, Lucy Chu, Junie Cho (judge), Rodney Reynerson (judge)


Kevin Xu

                                           Kevin Xu (2nd place - tie)


When: Fall, 2019

Where: Appalachian State University, Hayes School of Music - Boone, NC

Eligibility: Pre-College Pianists – 8th–12th grade


  • First Prize:           $1,000
  • Second Prize:         $750
  • Third Prize:             $500
  • Honorable Mention

Additional Honors:

  • Scholarship to Cannon Music Camp at Hayes School of Music - summer 2020 (for eligible 8th–12th graders)
  • Winners' Concert - immediately following the Awards Ceremony


  • Dr. Rodney Reynerson - Piano faculty, Appalachian State University
  • Dr. Bair Shagdaron - Piano faculty, Appalachian State University
  • TBA

Repertoire:  Two selections; not to exceed 20 minutes (without repeats); memorization required

  • Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven Sonata, First* or Third Movements 

             (*with the exception of Beethoven, op. 27, No. 2 'Moonlight' - first movement)

  • Any piece of contrasting style

Registration:  $50 

Deadline: September 2019

Competition Application

Contact:  Laura Chu Stokes - stokeslc@appstate.edu

You will complete a simple registration process, fill-in the required fields and pay the online fee.  After that, please email required documents as attachments:

  • One page biography - up to 300 words.  List your teachers, performances, awards and honors.
  • One letter of recommendation from your principal teacher.
  • Proof of school grade, such as a recent report card with date indicated. If homeschooled, please provide a transcript.  Either should be scanned and attached.

The above should be emailed - preferably as pdf documents -- to Laura Chu Stokes - stokeslc@appstate.edu