“The Intersection of Jazz and Classical Music” Piano Festival and Competition 2014

June 23-27, 2014 at WVU School of Music, Morgantown, WV

The Intersection of Jazz and Classical Music – the only festival of its kind, offers outstanding artists, teachers, workshops, concerts, panel discussions, competitions and more. The festival has something for everyone interested in exploring the connections of jazz and classical repertoire, with 2014 featured guest artists Harold Danko and Christopher Taylor, invited presenters from across the US, and WVU faculty. In a week-long celebration of the piano set in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia, students, teachers and audience members explore how both jazz and classical styles inform, inspire and enliven the great art of playing the piano. Join us June 23-27, 2014 in Morgantown WV.

2012 Special Guest Leon Fleisher working with students in a master class.

2014 Guest Artists


Harold Danko

Harold Danko is well recognized from long-term associations with jazz legends including Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Lee Konitz and Woody Herman, in performances at major jazz venues throughout the world as well as on recordings, television and video. During the last two decades he has become increasingly known as a band leader, composer, and solo pianist, and is well documented in those capacities on more than thirty CDs on the SteepleChase and SunnySide labels. As a leader he has been featured at the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center’s “Meet the Artist” series, Washington DC Performing Arts Society series at J.F.K. Center, and numerous jazz festivals both in the USA and abroad. He recently returned from performing and teaching in Taiwan, Italy, and Switzerland.
Professor Danko has been on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, since 1998. Danko has won ASCAP awards yearly since the early 80’s for the value of his catalog of original compositions.


Christopher Taylor

While Taylor has a well-earned reputation for his exquisite performances of Bach and his exciting performances of romantic piano concertos, he has captured the attention of the music world with his recent tour de force programming of Olivier Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-JÚsus. “Before a rapt audience at the Miller Theater on Saturday night, Mr. Taylor, a lanky 31-year-old pianist who graduated summa cum laude in mathematics from Harvard, gave an astonishing performance of Messiaen’s complete “Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-JÚsus,” more than two hours of some of the most complex and difficult music ever written for the piano. And he played the 176-page score from memory.”

Christopher Taylor was honored with an Avery Fisher Career Grant, he is the winner of the Kapell Competition, the Gilmore Young Artist Award, and the Bronze Medal at the Van Cliburn Competition. He records for the JonathanDigital label.

2014 Festival Competition Guidelines

  • Classical Piano – students in high school at the time of application
  • Classical Piano – college students (no age limit)
  • Jazz Piano – students in high school at the time of application
  • Jazz Piano – college students (no age limit)

Where: College of Creative Arts, School of Music, WVU, Morgantown WV

Click here to fill out the online competition application form

Deadline for Application: received by midnight May 1, 2014

Application fee: $65.00 (non-refundable) must accompany application.

Pre-screening recordings will be evaluated upon receipt of the completed application and $65 fee. Postmark deadline is midnight May 1, 2014.

Mail application, check made to WVU, and recording to:
Dr. Christine Kefferstan
School of Music, CAC, WVU
Morgantown WV 26506-6111

Pre-screening requirements:

Classical competition pre-screening: All entrants must submit a cd, mp3, or other of TWO contrasting pieces, by memory with the exception of those written after 1950, minimum 15 minutes total. There are no repertoire requirements for the competition except that one of the two pieces used in the pre-screening must be included for the competition. Maximum time allotment to be judged in the competition is 30 minutes.

Jazz competition pre-screening: All entrants must play three selections: Ballad (solo piano), Medium tempo ( Blues or standard) and Up-tempo ( Jazz-rock or Latin). Applicants must submit pre-screening cd, mp3 or other. Those students accepted will be given additional information about the competition requirements.

  • 1st prize college $1500.00
  • 1st prize high school $1000.00

Opportunities for performance in the Festival master classes! Judges’ decisions on all awards are final. All contestants will receive free admission to Festival activities including master classes, workshops, and lectures (except for specially priced ticketed evening events.)

Festival Cost

For festival observers, there are two options:
Three day pass: $125 June 23-25 or June 25 – 27
5-day pass: $150

Register by June 1 and take $15 off the price of your pass

Registration Fee for Student competitors includes admission to the festival events. Students who are in the competition do not need to buy an additional festival pass.

Register Online Now

Professional development credit available for public school teachers

Course numbers:
CRN 52303
Subject MUSC
Course #: 930
Section: 6AA

The application/registration form for Professional Development credit is located at http://online.wvu.edu/Registration/forms/ProfDev.pdf . Complete the entire form and mail it along with payment to the address on the form.

Professional development credit cost is $173.

Raleigh County Applications

Twenty students and five teachers from Raleigh County, WV will be selected by WVU faculty to attend Tuesday – Thursday of the summer festival. Applications must be submitted by May 1, 2014.

Online registration form for Raleigh County, WV Students

Online registration form for Raleigh County, WV Teachers

Fees will be covered through a generous grant from the Beckley Area Foundation and the Carter Family Foundation.

Call for Proposals

Proposals might include improvisation, historical context, specific composers, specific works, performance for mixed media, opportunities for innovation in teaching and in performing, and today’s job market in the areas of both jazz and classical piano. Submissions will be evaluated by the WVU keyboard faculty based on the likelihood of attracting interest (student, teacher or public) and the feasibility of the project. Our target audience will be students (high school and college), private teachers, public school teachers, college teachers and music lovers.

Deadline for proposal: April 18, 2014


Festival Housing Options

Evansdale Residential Complex on campus is within easy walking distance of the College of Creative Arts.
Reservations must be made by May 30, 2014
Single room = $45.78 Double room = $22.90 Both options include full service linen.
Meal package available for $113.23 (5 Breakfasts/5 lunches/4 dinners)

Contact Kathy Burns at 304-293-2790; by fax at 304-293-3369; or by email at Conferences@mail.wvu.edu

Payment in advance with check (made to WVU) or credit card or cash at check-in. Cancellations must be made in writing.

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Morgantown, WV 26505

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Morgantown, WV 26501