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Twenty-Eighth Annual

Hartman Stickley Memorial Piano Competition


Application Deadline: Postmarked by February 1, 2023

Competition Date: Saturday, March 4

Competition Location:  Penote Performer’s Hall at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, University of Notre Dame

Winners Recital: Sunday, March 12 at 2:30 PM

Winners Recital Location:  Louise E. Addicott & Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall, Indiana University South Bend

* competition and winners recital are open to the public, free of charge

The Hartman Stickley Memorial Piano Competition was established in 1995 to honor the memory of Elnora Harman Stickley, to reward talented pianists in the Michiana area, and to provide an excellent venue for young pianists to strengthen their performance skills while gaining constructive feedback from highly qualified judges. It is a yearly event sponsored by the South Bend Area Music Teachers Association and underwritten by the Elnora Hartman Stickley Scholarship Fund. Competing students are divided into six age categories.  Winning and Honorable Mention students are awarded monetary scholarships to further their musical education.

2023 Stickley tri-fold brochure [ CLICK HERE ]

2023 Application form [ CLICK HERE ]


All ages indicated are as of March 1, 2023. No collegiate competitors are allowed.

All auditions will take place on Saturday, March 4, 2023


Division I, ages 7 & under  

**4-minute time limit


Division II, ages 8 & 9          

**4-minute time limit


Division III, ages 10 & 11     

**5-minute time limit


Division IV, ages 12 & 13     

**5-minute time limit

Division V,  ages 14 & 15     

**6-minute time limit

Division VI, ages 16 - 18      

**7-minute time limit


*Audition times will depend upon enrollment. Scheduling will be randomly generated by computer.


**This is maximum performance time during the competition. You may program shorter or longer pieces if desired (see #3 under Rules of Competition).

| Rules of Competition |

1. Students or teachers must reside in one of the following counties: Berrien, Cass, and St. Joseph, Michigan; Allen, Elkhart,     Kosciusko, LaGrange, LaPorte, Marshall, Noble, Joseph, and Starke Counties, Indiana.

2. Music must be memorized. A score with numbered measures must be provided for judges at the time of check-in. Only students with scores will be eligible to win an award.

3. Cuts in longer pieces will be left to the discretion of the judges and should not be made by the teacher or student.

4. Only original solos are allowed. No arrangements or concerti will be heard. However, Liszt transcriptions will be allowed.

5. No more than two pieces per student will be accepted. This applies to movements of sonatinas, sonatas, and suites. MTNA guidelines will be followed as to what constitutes apiece.

6. Photocopied music is not allowed unless a letter from the publisher or the copyright holder is submitted.

7. Teacher must submit fully completed application form accompanied by the non-refundable $25 entry fee per student ($45 per student for nonmembers) made payable to the South Bend Area Music Teachers Association (SBAMTA) and postmarked by the deadline. The $25 entrance fee applies to those who have paid their MTNA membership dues on or before October 1st.

8. Scheduling will be randomly generated by computer. There will be no changes of student order or timeslot.

9. Competition awards will be as follows.


     Division VI $175; Division V $150; Division IV $125; Division III $100; Division II $75; Division I $50                                                  

     Honorable Mentions:

     Division VI $75, Division V $65, Division IV $55; Division III $45; Division II $35; Division I $25

10. In order to receive Stickley Competition monetary awards, Winners are required to perform in, and Honorable Mentions are required to attend the Winners Recital.

11. Sample repertoire lists will be available HERE

12. Participating teachers will be called to work at the festival and competition. If a participating teacher is not available, he/she must provide a substitute worker (see application form for more details).

13. If a student has been studying with their current teacher for less than six consecutive months prior to March 1, the name

of the previous teacher must be provided. Both teachers will be recognized in the printed program should that student win an award.

14. Repertoire submitted on application form may not be changed.

15. Repertoire previously performed in this festival and competition may not be repeated by the same performer.

16. Committee decisions are final. Judges’ decisions are final.

17. It is the responsibility of the teacher, parent, or guardian to abide by all rules and regulations for this festival and

competition. Failure to meet this responsibility will make the student ineligible to receive an award.


| Judges |

Division I, II, III

Christina Giuca Krause - Staff Pianist & Collaborative Piano Coordinator, Hope Colleg, MI

Nicole Lee - Adjunct Professor of Music, Valparaiso University, IN

Chi Yong Yun - Professor of Music, Andrews College, MI


Division IV, V, VI

Clare Longendyke - Concert Pianist

Matthew Hills - Professor of Music, Goshen College, IN

Sookkyung Cho - Associate Professor of Piano, Grand Valley State University, MI

| Applications |

Send application form & payment to:

Jennifer Keeley

P.O. Box 189

La Porte, IN 46352-0189


Applications must be postmarked by February 1, 2023

| Questions? |

If you have any questions, contact:
Paula Laskowski, Event Chair
Phone: 574-276-9313

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