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Overview     |     Round One     |     Round Two     |     Laureate Concert



Serious piano students of high school age (18 and under) are invited to enter this prestigious annual event. Each year up to four pianists are recognized as McKee Laureates and receive a $1,500 cash award to support their musical career development.

Due Dates

Video Submission: September 1, 2023

Semi-Finalists Notified: September 15, 2023

In-Person Semi-Finals: November 19, 2023

Laureate Concert: December 17, 2023

Round One: Video Submission

Round One

To enter, pianists must submit an application and a $50.00 non-refundable application fee. Each application must be accompanied by a 20 minute high-quality VIDEO recording of the student’s performance. The repertoire may be selected from any era but should demonstrate the depth and range of the applicant’s abilities.

The high-quality video link(s) should be shared on the application as a Public or Unlisted YouTube link. Instructions on how to upload videos to YouTube and set its visibility to can be found here.

Video submissions with the application are due on September 1, 2023.

Round Two: In-Person Performance

Round Two

Those advancing to the second round will be notified on September 15. All contestants will perform the Competition's required piece, Labyrinth by David Garner in the live round. The score can be purchased at this link. Contestants are free to select other repertoire that demonstrates a breadth of musical knowledge, technique, and sensitivity - but their performance, including the required piece, should not exceed 25 minutes.

This LIVE round of the McKee Competition will be held on Sunday, November 19, 2023 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Recital Hall (50 Oak Street, San Francisco). Following their deliberations, the judges will announce up to four Laureates who will perform in the final Laureates Concert.

2023 Laureate Concert

Laureate Concert

All entrants should save the date of Sunday, December 17, 2023. This public event is the exciting culmination of the Ross McKee Piano Competition and features the most outstanding performances heard in the previous round. At this time, the Best Performance of the Required Composition is also announced and performed by the winner of that award. The concert will be held at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Recital Hall (50 Oak Street, San Francisco) at 5:00 PM.

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