PianoTexas PrepFest

June 8 - 16, 2019

PianoTexas strongly encourage the teachers of the selected performers
to accompany them and become part of their learning experience.

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Guest Artists:

Philippe Bianconi

Michale Bukhman

Rachel Cheung

Bernd Goetzke

Yoheved Kaplinsky

Harold Martina

John Owings

Igor Resnianski   

Pascal Rogé

Tamás Ungár



Who Can Apply? 

Performers: Students in Grades 1-12 
Observers: No age limit. All are welcome.

24 performers will be selected

All participants must be accompanied by an adult enrolled as a general observer.

Please read Application Procedures before applying.

Application Deadline:

Friday, March 1, 2019 for Performers



Wednesday, May 1, 2018 for General Observers


About PrepFest:

Highly challenging and stimulating, PianoTexas has achieved the distinction as one of the leading summer piano programs worldwide. PrepFest is the latest addition to the well-established programs of PianoTexas and we are confident that it will continue to be a leading preparatory festival for younger students aspiring to learn and master the art of piano performance. It is an intensive program that provides invaluable experience to study and interact with esteemed musicians, discover role models in the Young Artist Program, and participate in wonderful performance opportunities.

We receive applications from all around the United States, and, after a selection process, 24 performers are invited. The Fort Worth community will extend a particularly warm welcome to the participants, their teachers, parents and/or guardians. For nine days, their focus will be music in the world of the piano. Besides their own activities, PrepFest participants will have the opportunity to hear such great artists as Pascal Rogé, Philippe Bianconi, Rachel Cheung, and the TCU Piano Faculty. At the same time, they can attend events associated with the Young Artists program.

The goal of the well-organized PianoTexas is to provide maximum benefit for all participants. TCU School of Music’s superb facilities that include two concert halls, teaching studios and practicing rooms together with the numerous venues of the Community Concert Series contribute greatly to the success of the program. All performing participants experience significant growth and new insights positively influence their formative years. Therefore, we welcome you to PianoTexas for a
life-changing program.


Required Repertoire:

PianoTexas is committed to presenting an accessible and satisfying preparatory experience for all performers. The participants will have one master class, one private lesson and two opportunities to perform in concerts. Accordingly, we expect that participants come prepared with several works for their performances during the Festival. We hope that when selecting the repertoire, consideration will be given to the theme of the 2019 PianoTexas, which is French Music.  All works presented should be memorized and represent the best artistic abilities of the student. For the audition video repertoire requirements, please see the application information page.



PrepFest performers are required to participate in the recitals presented by the Festival. These performances in the concert halls of the TCU School of Music are supported by sponsoring piano companies. The concerts are streamed over the Internet and are open to the general public. To create a real festival atmosphere for our community, PianoTexas will present a Community Concert Series in museums, churches and retirement homes. Keep in mind that pieces selected for these public recitals will have to be limited to less than twelve (12) minutes. The Executive Director is responsible for all programs, selecting both performers and repertoire, and his decision is final. 


Master Classes: 

Each performer will be allocated to play in one master class with a guest artist. As the theme of PianoTexas 209 is “The French Impression”, it is suggested that the performers bring works representing French composers. However, recognize that repertoire selection is personal, we encourage you to bring works that you feel comfortable and ready to perform. Master Classes are recorded, streamed through the Internet and are open to the general public, therefore, all works presented should be memorized and represent the best artistic abilities of the performer.


Private Lessons: 

Each performer will receive one private lesson with a different guest artist from the master class presenter. The repertoire for the private lesson is free choice. This lesson is also the perfect time to discuss personal musical and technical matters in greater details. Our guest artists welcome the presence of the participant’s teacher. We all value their work throughout the year and are ready to assist and encourage the further development of their student.

The Executive Director is responsible for the allocation of all private lessons, and his decisions are final. Additional private lessons may be possible at extra cost, depending on the availability of the guest artists. These lessons should be discussed and arranged directly between the participants and the guest artists.


Conversations with Artists:

A very popular program during the Festival is the "Conversations with Artists" using a format of an informal interview followed by a question and answer session. They are excellent opportunities for our guest artists and participants to have constructive interactive dialogues about such important subjects as the music profession, careers, recording, competitions, music styles, performing and practicing. These increasingly popular sessions provide an excellent platform for everyone to learn and to discover different aspects of a musician’s life in an informal setting.


Practice Facilities: 

PianoTexas has been extremely fortunate to collaborate with major piano companies to provide excellent instruments for our concert halls and practice rooms. This collaboration allows each invited performer access to a grand piano and scheduled practice time will be arranged. All practice rooms are open 24 hours a day.


Accommodations and Meals: 

All accommodations in TCU dormitories are conveniently located close to the music building. They are fully air-conditioned, with comfortable lounges, large common kitchens, laundry rooms, and spacious bedrooms. Although many include a shared en-suite bathroom, most occupants will share conveniently located communal bathrooms. All bedrooms are equipped with linens and towels, a small refrigerator and a microwave. Reasonable meal plans are combined with the accommodations. In addition, numerous restaurants are also situated within easy walking distance.

PianoTexas requires that all PrepFest participants must be accompanied by a teacher, parent or guardian. According to TCU requirements all accompanying adults must also apply as general observers to be eligible to stay in the university dormitory.


Application Fee:

Performers: $100
General Observers: $75


Program Fee: 

Performers - $350
General Observers - $100


Accommodation and Meals:

June 8 - 17: Single Room with Meal Plan - $603.00
June 8 - 17: Double Room with Meal Plan - $468.00


Application Procedure: 

Please use links to Application page.
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The form and require supporting material must be completed on line.
For any application problems, please use their “green help” link button.

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