• 2020 Beardsley Piano Prize Competition Application

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2020 Robert Beardsley Annual Piano Prize

Ruthmere Museum is proud to announce the 2020 Annual Robert B. Beardsley Piano Prize Competition. This competition seeks to discover the next piano virtuoso in the music world.


Preliminary Round: Deadline August 8, 2020 
Entrants for the Beardsley Competition are required to prepare a video audition, 5 to 10 minutes long, showcasing two contrasting musical styles or time periods. Video submissions via YouTube links are preferred.  Applicants please follow instructions below when submitting your entry. Up to 6 Finalists will be selected.

Finals Round: Live Competition on September 19, 2020
Finalists will perform 15-20 minutes of music for the judging panel and the general public at the Ruthmere Game Room. Competition performances begin at Noon, with individual performance times yet to be determined. Tickets are available to the general public for just $5 per seat. Note, seating capacity has been greatly reduced due to COVID-19, and face coverings will be required by audience members. Each finalist will receive $100. Second place receives $300, and Third place $200.

Get Your Tickets to the September 19th Finals Competition Here

Grand Prize Winner’s Performance: October 15, 2020
Competition Winner is required to perform a full one-hour opening concert of the Ruthmere Fall Concert series at 7pm. Grand Prize winner will receive a cash award of $1,000 presented at the concert, and have his or her name displayed alongside the Beardsley Cup on permanent exhibit at Ruthmere.

2020 Competition Judges
Professor Chi Yong Yun, Andrews University Berrien Springs, MI
Professor John Blacklow, Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN
Professor Winston Choi, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL

The Beardsley Cup, composed of sterling silver and manufactured in 1907 in London, resides in a new custom built display case with the names of the winners of the Beardsley Competition. Please contact Ruthmere Museum at (574) 264-0330 ext. 107 if you have any questions regarding the competition or the entry requirements.   




302 E. Beardsley Ave.

Elkhart, IN 46514

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