An Evening with Chopin: Piano Competition for Youth

Friday, January 27, 2017

The Lacey - Mińsk Mazowiecki Sister City Association is partnering with South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) for the South Sound’s first Chopin Piano Competition for youth ages 12 to 23.  Two competition winners will take home prize money and perform on stage at the SPSCC Artist & Lecture series show with Polish pianist Jacek Nazarczuk in the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts on March 25.
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Man Jacek Nazarczuk with glasses smiling at camera in front of lake a green treeFrom March 20 to 23, 2017, participants in two age categories will compete by playing four pieces by Fryderyk Chopin.  One winner from each age group will be selected to play live on stage with Nazarczuk on March 25.  Applications are due by Feb. 28 and are open to all counties in Southwest Washington (Thurston, Pierce, Mason, Grays Harbor, Pacific, Lewis, Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Clark, and Skamania).

In addition to the piano competition and performance, The Gallery at SPSCC will be showing a selection of drawings by Polish artist Marek Chabrowski, who specialized in documenting sacred wooden structures from the Republic of Poland from 1918 to 1945.  There will be an opening reception with a Polish curator before the Nazarczuk performance on March 25 beginning at 6 p.m.

Students smiling in a line in front of a sign that says Lacey Minsk Mazowiecki Sister City AssociationSince 2003, the Lacey Sister City Program has provided social, cultural, humanitarian, trade, tourism, and educational enrichment in the Lacey community.  Through student exchanges and support of local events like Lacey Days and the Ethnic Celebration, the Lacey Sister City Program is proud to bring the first ever Chopin Piano Competition to the youth of the South Sound.

Tickets for the performance with the winners and Jacek Nazarczuk can be purchased online for $10 (general admission) or $8 (students and seniors) or by calling The Washington Center for the Performing Arts box office at 360-753-8586.

Competition Details:

Dates:  March 20-23, 2017 Competition Trials
Concert for Winners: Saturday March 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
South Puget Sound Community College Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts, Olympia, WA

Rules, Repertoire and Application fees:

Intermediate Division application fee - $30
Ages – 12-15
First Place Prize money - $500

Advanced Division application fee - $50
Ages – 16-23
First Place Prize money - $1000

Fees can be mailed to:

Lacey Sister City Association
P.O. Box 5992
Lacey, WA 98509

The winner of each category will perform in the concert on March 25 with our guest artist from Mińsk Mazowiecki, Poland – Jacek Nazarczuk.

2017 Lacey - Mińsk Mazowiecki Chopin festival rules and application process

For questions please contact: 

Vicki Jardine Tobin, Piano Competition Liaison at
Barbara Clarkson, Sister City Association Liaison at 360-481-1775 (cell)
Chip Schooler, SPSCC Orchestra Director at

  1. The Application period will be between October 1, 2016, and February 28, 2017.
  2. Submit required application information (name, age, address, phone, email, and selection of pieces to be performed) via email to both and Application fees can be mailed to: Lacey Sister City Association, P.O Box 5992, Lacey, WA 98509.
  3. The Lacey - Mińsk Mazowiecki Chopin Competition and Festival encourages applications from pianists (U.S. citizens or U.S. residents) of ages 12-23.
  4. Application fees for accepted participants are non-refundable. There may be scholarships available to help supplement fees on a needs basis. Please contact us ASAP.
  5. The repertoire is limited to the music of Fryderyk Chopin.
  6. Competition will take place during the week of March 20-23, 2017. Scheduling will be by both phone and emailed confirmation and once scheduled should not be changed.
  7. 2017 Students are NOT required to be present other than 30 minutes prior to competing.
  8. All students MUST register with the Chopin Check In Desk located in the SPSCC Minnaert Center lobby 30 minutes prior to assigned competing time.
  9. Students will receive confirmation of their performance time both by phone and by email. These will be sent no later than March 1, 2017.
  10. Students are NOT allowed to exchange time slots unless there is permission from competition staff.
  11. Divisions: See below.
  12. Warm up time should be allowed at the performance site.
  13. Original scores of the music must be approved at the Festival registration desk. Photocopied music is NOT allowed per copyright law.
  14. Measures must be numbered.
  15. Music must be memorized.
  16. Any changes or omissions of the entered repertoire will disqualify the student from prize winning though they will still be allowed to play.
  17. After performing, students are responsible to pick up their music from the room monitor.
  18. The judges’ decisions are final. Please make every effort to stay for the announcement of winners of your division and pick up certificates and adjudication sheets. We will do our best to post the competition results in the Minnaert Center by Thursday afternoon March 23, 2017.

Repertoire requirements:

For the Intermediate pianists (12-15 years of age), please choose 4 (four) pieces from the following repertoire:

Any TWO preludes from OP. 28  (No. 4, 6, and 7 are considered a lower level Prelude but are acceptable for this competition when coupled with a Prelude of more advanced level)

TWO pieces from the following two categories:


F# Minor, Op. 6, No. 1
Bb Major, Op. 7, No. 1
A Minor, Op. 7, No. 2
C Major, Op. 7, No. 5  
G Minor, Op. 24, No. 1  
B Minor, Op, 30, No. 2  
F Minor, Op. 63, No. 2
G Minor, Op. 67, No. 2
A Minor, Op. 68, No. 2  
F Major, Op. 68, No. 3  


A Minor, Op. 34, No. 2
Db Minor, Op. 64, No. 1  
C# Minor, Op. 64, No. 2
Ab Minor, Op. 64, No. 3  
Ab Major, Op. 69, No. 2  
B Minor, Op. 69, No. 2  
F Minor, Op. 70, No. 2, Op. Posth.  
E Minor, Op. Posth  
A Minor, Op. Posth.  
Eb Major, Op. Posth.  

Repertoire for the advanced pianists (16-23 yrs of age), please choose 4 (Four) pieces from the following repertoire:

TWO Etudes, one from each group (a & b) indicated below:

a) From Op. 10: C major No.1, C-sharp minor No.4, G-flat major No. 5, F major No. 8, C minor No. 12;
From Op. 25: A minor No. 11.

b) From Op. 10: A minor No. 2; C major No. 7, A-flat major No. 10, E-flat major No. 11;
From Op. 25: A minor No. 4, E minor No. 5, G-sharp minor No. 6, and B minor No. 10.

ONE of the following pieces:

Nocturne in B major, Op. 9 No. 3
Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1
Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2
Nocturne in G major, Op. 37 No. 2
Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1
Nocturne in F sharp minor, Op. 48, No. 2
Nocturne in E flat major, Op. 55 No. 2
Nocturne in B major, Op. 62 No. 1
Etude in E major, Op. 10 No. 3
Etude in E flat minor, Op. 10 No. 6
Etude in C sharp minor, Op. 25 No. 7

ONE of the following pieces:

Ballade in G minor, Op. 23
Ballade in F major, Op. 38
Ballade in A flat major, Op. 47
Ballade in F minor, Op. 52
Barcarole in F sharp major, Op. 60
Fantasia in F minor, Op. 49
Scherzo in B minor, Op. 20
Scherzo in B flat minor, Op. 31
Scherzo in C sharp minor, Op. 39
Scherzo in E major, Op. 54

Note concerning audience etiquette:

  1. Cell phone and pagers must be turned off at all times in the performance or concert halls.
  2. Use of cameras, video or audio recording equipment is not permitted in the performance rooms.
  3. Talking is not permitted in the competition rooms during the performance.
  4. No small children are allowed in the competition rooms.
  5. Enter and exit the performance rooms only between performances.

Teachers, family and friends are welcome at the competition, and the concert performances.