Hayes School of Music Piano Competition

Congratulations to the 2019 Hayes School of Music Piano Competition Award Recipients!

1st Prize: Oscar Paz-Suaznabar - teacher: Marjorie Lee

2nd Prize: Trung Nguyen - teacher: Marjorie Lee

3rd Prize:  Cristian Makhuli - teachers: Dmitri Vorobiev / Paul Nitsch

4th Prize: Elizabeth Qiu - teacher: Marjorie Lee

When: Saturday, October 26, 2019 - Final Round

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

Eligibility: Pre-College Pianists – 8th–12th grade;  U.S. citizens with primary United States residence


  • First Prize:           $1,000
  • Second Prize:         $750
  • Third Prize:             $500
  • Fourth Prize:          $250

Additional Honors:

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



The competition will be held in two rounds:

  • Preliminary Round Repertoire:  1) Major work of Bach, Beethoven, Haydn or Mozart - any baroque Prelude and Fugue or classical Sonata movement (without repeats) is acceptable;  2) any piece of contrasting style                         

             Submission Deadline: Saturday, September 14, 2019

  • Final Round Repertoire:  Same as above - if invited to perform live, the same preliminary repertoire must be performed during the final round.  The music should not exceed 20 minutes.

Preliminary Round: repertoire must be submitted by Youtube video links.  All works should be memorized.  A preliminary round jury will select performers to compete in the final live round on October 26, 2019 in Boone, NC at the Hayes School of Music on the Appalachian State University campus.  

Preliminary round deadline:  Saturday, September 14, 2019

REGISTRATION: https://appstate.irisregistration.com/Form/19hsom-pianocomp
Non-refundable Registration Fee:  $35 if received by August 30;  $50 if received between August 30 - September 14

Invitations to the final live round contestants will be emailed by Friday, September 27, 2019.  All award winners must be available to perform during the Winners' Showcase Concert immediately following the Competition Awards ceremony.

Competition Application

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 Competition Coordinator, Laura Chu Stokes - stokeslc@appstate.edu

Competition Sponsor: 

Lucy Chu is a recognized piano teacher and music educator with over sixty years of teaching experience.

A native of Shanghai, Lucy received her Bachelors and Masters music performance degrees from Indiana University and continued her studies at the Juilliard and Mannes Schools of Music. She has also performed as a guest artist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In 1989, she created and developed the E-Z Notes series of music teaching and learning tools, which are highly-regarded and endorsed by major composers and pedagogues.

Lucy's initiative to underwrite the Hayes School of Music Piano Competition stems from her commitment to furthering music education at the pre-college level. She says, "the Hayes School of Music Piano Competition has been one of the most gratifying projects that I have had the pleasure of being a part of in my many years of supporting the arts. It is wonderful to hear and meet these dedicated young pianists with such inspirational talent. I look forward to watching them develop as young artists in the future.”