SBMTA Announces 2013 Hartman Stickley Piano Competition

Announcement is made of the eighteenth annual Hartman Stickley Memorial Piano Competition, which will be held on March 1 & 2, 2013 in the Spencer Gallery, Downtown Mishawaka Penn Harris Library, Mishawaka, Indiana.  The competition is open to pre-college students, ages 4-18.  The four winners in each of four divisions will each win cash prizes:  $150 for ages 15-18, $100 for ages 12-14, $75 for ages 9-11 and $50 for ages 8 & under, plus the opportunity to play in a winners recital on March 10, 2:30 pm, in the Kroc Center’s Auditorium, South Bend, Indiana.  Contestants who receive Honorable Mention will win cash prizes as well.

The competition, which is sponsored by the South Bend Area Music Teachers Association, is open to piano students residing in Berrien, Cass & St. Joseph counties, Michigan; and Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange, LaPorte, Marshall, St. Joseph, and Starke counties, Indiana.  Prize money is made available through the Elnora Hartman Stickley Scholarship Fund.

Judges will be Dr. David Abbott from Albion College, Dr. Winston Choi from Roosevelt College, and Dr. Lia Jensen-Abbott from Albion College.

The purpose of the competition is two-fold: 1) to honor the memory of Elnora Hartman Stickley, and 2) to reward talented pianists in the Michiana area.  The competition’s goal is to provide a performance venue for piano students in this area.  Music is a performing art, and all musicians need many chances to practice the art of performance.  This competition provides an excellent opportunity to do just that, along with getting feedback from highly-qualified judges.

Competition applications must be postmarked by January 25, 2013.  Brochures and applications are available at Shirk’s Piano in Mishawaka, as well as on the South Bend Area Music Teachers Association website at  For further information, please contact the competition chair, Hyeja Chong Gahahl, at (574) 271-0625.
Event:  Hartman Stickley Memorial Piano Competition
Dates:  March 1 & 2, 2013
Place:  Spencer Gallery, Downtown Mishawaka Penn Harris Library
Times:  approximately 10 AM – 6 PM on Friday Mar. 1, and approximately
9 AM – 4 PM on Saturday Mar. 2
Free and Open to the Public

Posted in Local Associations, Stickley Competition.