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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 — performing a vintage or contemporary rag
Division 3 — ages 15 to 18 — performing a vintage or contemporary rag
Division 1
First Place, $50 and medal
Second Place, $25 and medal
Divisions 2 and 3
First Place, $100 and medal
Second Place, $50 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 Richard Dowling, to be held at the West Coast Ragtime Festival, Saturday, November 18, 10:00 a.m. in the Junior Ballroom of the Sacramento Marriott Rancho Cordova Hotel.
For complete information, including Competition Rules and Judging Criteria, download the flyer.

THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO REGISTER: by Regular Mail or Online. An application fee of $20.00 must accompany your application.
1. PAY BY CHECK made out to West Coast Ragtime Society. Send with mail-in form. Download form here.

2. PAY WITH PayPal and register online. Go to the online registration page.

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE OCTOBER 2, 2017
Postmark date is OK for mail-in applications.
Online applications must be received by Oct. 2, 2017.

Click here to see the results of the 2016 Youth Ragtime Piano Competition.

YOUTH FUND DONATIONS. 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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