The 59th Wideman Piano Competition


The 2009 Wideman Piano Competition will take place this weekend in the Anderson Auditorium of the Hurley School of Music, located on Centenary College campus, 2911 Centenary Blvd., Shreveport. The event is sponsored by the Shreveport Symphony Guild and hosted by the Hurley School of Music.

Performances are free, however, contributions will be accepted at the door during the final round.

Forty-five contestants from across the United States and 17 countries will compete and be judged by nationally and internationally known pianists and conductors.

Preliminary rounds are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 until 6:15 p.m. Friday.Competitions also run from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 until 6:15 p.m. Saturday.During this phase of the competition, each contestant will play for 15 minutes. The final round will be held from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. During this last round, each contestant will perform a complete concerto.

Competition awards include the gold medal, the $5,000 William Peyton Shehee and Virginia Kilpatrick Shehee Award; the silver medal, $2,500 F. Thomas Siskron III Family Award and Raymond Morris Award; the bronze medal, $1,500 Martha Jones Rice Award given by Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Carl Rice; honorable mention, $1,000, given by an anonymous donor; and special awards including the $500 Glenda Lee Harrison Award given by Stephen Harrison.

The gold medalist will perform with the Shreveport Symphony, the Northwest Florida Symphony and the South Arkansas Symphony, as well as perform several recitals, including the Bossier Jam'm Bread Chamber Series.

The 59th Wideman Piano Competition

The 59th Wideman Piano Competition: December 4-6, 2009, Shreveport, Louisiana

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Application deadline: October 26, 2009

Awards up to $5,000

For more information contact:
Dr. Lester Senter Wilson
Executive Director of the Corporation
t: 601-366-4843
f: 601-510-9103