Contest - 2023-Piano-02 - Passion


Meet Our Judge:
Annie Jeng

Hailed for her “brilliant pianism” (Gramophone) and “acrobatic” performances (Take Effect), Taiwanese-American pianist Annie Jeng has performed widely as a solo and chamber musician and as an advocate for living composers, has commissioned and premiered dozens of new works. She is the pianist of Khemia Ensemble (, a contemporary chamber ensemble that is dedicated to promoting contemporary classical music by cultivating inclusive place-making, collaborative mentorships, and authentic storytelling through immersive, multimedia performances. Annie has presented at Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) conferences at collegiate, state, and national levels, The National Conference of Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP), and College Music Society (CMS) conferences. She is the current President of Greensboro Music Teachers Association (GMTA) and serves on the board for the North Carolina Music Teachers Association (NCMTA).

As a strong believer in creating a better and more equitable “normal” in the piano community, she also founded A Seat at the Piano (ASAP)  in the summer of 2020 ( ASAP is a non-profit that is dedicated to the promotion of inclusion in the performance and study of solo piano repertoire, and is the 2023 recipient of the MTNA Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award. Annie is also the Assistant Director of Piano for the Brancaleoni International Music Festival ( in Piobbico, Italy. Annie received her DMA in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Michigan, where she also received her MM. She earned her BM in Piano Performance with a minor in Public Health from New York University. She is currently Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Presentations entry deadline – Saturday June 3, 2023 – 12 pm ET (New York time)

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Piano Contest Requirements

Presentations by students of all ages and levels 
Each presentation includes a performance video, a picture and a brief intro

  • Performance Video

    Choose from your favorite piano repertoire
    No need to memorize the music
    You can use a video you have recorded before
    Make sure you can be recognized

  • Related Picture

    Can be picture of your composer
    Can be picture of a mood or what the piece reminds you of
    Use colorful, attractive pictures
    Must be 500X500 pixels
    Do not submit a picture of yourself

  • Engaging Intro

    Brief intro, 50 - 350 words
    Get your audience excited about the piece
    Your intro should be interesting, informative and related to your own experience with the piece

Good luck in the contest!

Double-check your presentation against the rules, and make all corrections BEFORE you submit!  Multiple entries of the same presentation will be disqualified.

  • Advanced Prize  – $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • Intermediate Prize – $25 Amazon Gift Card
  • Beginner Prize – $25 Amazon Gift Card
  • SPECIAL PRIZE – best presentation of a piece written by a woman composer – $25 Amazon Gift Card
No prizes awarded for Public Voting
Ensure your submission follows these rules:
  • Correct length (50 – 350 words)
  • Correct spelling and grammar
  • Family-friendly content
We are committed to strict moderation and curation to ensure that all content adheres to our family-friendly policy.  In order to have the best chance for your content to be published, you should avoid the following topics:


Contest - 2023-Piano-02 - Passion

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Congratulations to the musicians whose presentations made the shortlist!
  • Our judge will select three winners from the shortlist, one from each category of Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.  Categories are based on the level of the piece, not the age of the performer.
  • Our judge will also select the winner of any special award. 
  • Our judge will give helpful, inspiring feedback on selected pieces.
  • Friends, family and other music lovers can vote on their favorite presentation. There will be one Public Voting winner – the presentation with the most “likes” (votes).  
  • Members can leave encouraging, supportive feedback on any piece.

There’s a like button at the bottom of each presentation.  Each “like” = 1 vote.

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Why do my friends need to SignIn to read the post I shared?

Actually, this is a voting security feature. During public voting, only club members can read posts submitted for that contest. Since anyone reading the story is able to vote (click the Like button), we reserve these capabilities to members who SignIn. Before we implemented this security feature, people were voting multiple times and making the public voting process unfair and out of balance. To fix this, our staff finally decided to allow only members who SignIn to read the stories. Membership is free and easy, and ensures our club is safe, secure, and family-friendly!