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Ragtime piano contests played an important and colorful role in ragtime’s history. The West Coast Ragtime Society seeks to continue this tradition by hosting a piano competition for youth. The Society’s goal is to foster and encourage young pianists to play and enjoy ragtime by providing them with a forum in which to perform and be heard.
Performance Divisions Awards and Prizes
Division 1–ages 8 to 10—performing a teaching rag
(no jazz).
Division 2–ages 11 to 14
2A (Junior)—Reserved for beginning students
performing a published arranged rag
or a rag written for beginning students. All
intermediate and advanced players belong in
2B (Classic)—students performing a vintage
rag as written
Division 3–ages 15 to18
Division Prizes
Division 3 and Division 2B (Classic)
First Place, $100 and medal
Second Place, $50 and medal
Division 2A (Junior) and Division 1
First Place, $50 and medal
Second Place, $25 and medal
Honorable Mention medals in all divisions will be
 awarded when merited and all contestants will receive Certificates of Participation.
First Place division winners will be invited to participate in a Master Class with the highly acclaimed pianist, Jeff Barnhart, to be held at the West Coast Ragtime Festival, Saturday, November 22, 10:00 a.m. in the Junior Ballroom of the Marriott Rancho Cordova Hotel.

There are two ways to register, by regular mail or online. An application fee of $20.00 must accompany your application. Pay by a check made out to West Coast Ragtime Society with the mail-in form. Click here for a printable mail-in form.

If you have a PayPal account you may also register online. Click here for the online application form.

Applications are due October 1, 2014
Postmark date OK for applications mailed in.
Online applications must be received by Oct. 1, 2014

Click here to see the results of previous Youth Ragtime Piano Competitions

You may help support West Coast Ragtime Society's Youth Program by making a donation to its Youth Fund. All donations to the fund are allocated to the development of activities and events that encourage young musicians who may become the next generation of Ragtime performers. West Coast Ragtime Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donation are tax deductible.

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