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Henry and Carol Zeiter Piano Competition

Due to unpredictable nature of COVID-19 situation and in the best interest of everyone's health and safety, the Conservatory of Music is canceling Zeiter Piano Competition scheduled for January 2021. We are looking forward to continuing the program in the academic year 2021-22.

California high school students (grades 9-12) are invited to participate in the Henry and Carol Zeiter Piano Competition at University of the Pacific. All California high school students are eligible (Former first prize winners of the Henry and Carol Zeiter Competition are ineligible, as are students of the judges). The competition is public and audience is welcome ($10 entry fee at the door). 


Prizes include cash awards donated by Henry and Carol Zeiter:
First Prize: $1,000
Second Prize: $750
Third Prize: $500

High school seniors applying to Pacific may use their live competition performance as their entrance audition.

Application Procedure:

Registration link will be posted closer to the event.

  1. Submissions to the 2021-22 competition auditions are due TBA
  2. Fill out an online application and upload pre-screen audition consisting of two of the three required works.
  3. Pay $60 entry fee (non-refundable).


The solo works selected for the preliminary auditions should represent three of the following style periods:

  • Baroque
  • Classical
  • Romantic
  • Impressionist/Contemporary

Public Competition

Based on the results of the online auditions, 15-18 pianists will be invited to the Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific for the live competition in the form of a public recital. Admission for the members of the public is $10 at the Recital Hall.

  • Contestants will each perform for up to fifteen minutes, including excerpts from all three works.
  • Contestants may choose the first work. Judges may ask for all or part of their second and third works. All repertoire must be performed from memory.
  • All contestants should bring a copy of each work.
  • Four contestants not chosen as winners will be invited to perform during master classes given by Dr. Sonia Leong and Frank Wiens of the Conservatory faculty.

Competition Schedule

8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Contestant registration at Buck Hall lobby

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Semi-finals in Recital Hall

12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch break

1 p.m. - 3:30  p.m. Semi-finals in Recital Hall

4 p.m. - 4:30  p.m. Presentation about music majors, scholarships, college auditions, etc.

4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Master classes with the Conservatory faculty

6 p.m. Announcement of winners, competition adjourns

For more information about the competition, please contact Jessica Siena at 209.946.2418 or email.


Frank Wiens, Professor Emeritus and Artist in Residence
Sonia Leong, DM, Associate Professor of Practice in Piano