Lee University To Host Free Annual Piano Festival

14th Annual International Piano Festival and Competition  


The 14th Annual International Piano Festival and Competition will be presented by the Lee University School of Music on June 24-30. This year’s festival will welcome 28 outstanding pianists, ranging in age from 13-23, from the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and Taiwan. 

 Dr. Cahill Smith, Lee University Piano Faculty and Piano Festival's Artistic Director

Dr. Cahill Smith, Lee University Piano Faculty and Piano Festival's Artistic Director

The event began as a competition for high school students back in 2005 and eventually expanded to include opportunities for participants to study with internationally acclaimed artists in 2011. Participants will be competing for cash awards totaling $10,000 in addition to scholarships for undergradaute and graduate studies at Lee in different two levels: pre-collge and college.

“We are truly humbled to host a gathering of this caliber here at Lee University,” said Lee University faculty Dr. Cahill Smith. “This is the kind of experience that I dreamed of as a student, so it is a joy to serve as Artistic Director. The performances by our guest artists are sure to be inspiring and enriching for our community.”

Highly praised performers and teachers like Rae De Lisle, Pei-Chun Lao, Dr. Alex McDonald, and Ann Schein along with Lee faculty members will present recitals, which are free and open to the public.

 

 Rae De Lisle, Assistant Professor of Piano at the Univeristy of Auckland

Rae De Lisle, Assistant Professor of Piano at the Univeristy of Auckland

 Pei-Chun Lao, Assistant Professor of Piano at University of Taipei

Pei-Chun Lao, Assistant Professor of Piano at University of Taipei

 Ann Schein, Concert Artist and Performer

Ann Schein, Concert Artist and Performer

 Dr. Alex McDonald, Concert Artist and Performer

Dr. Alex McDonald, Concert Artist and Performer

“Again this year, we are pleased to welcome a record number of participants to the Festival,” said Dr. Philip Thomas. “It is an excellent opportunity for members of the greater Cleveland/Chattanooga community to hear wonderful piano music played by world-class artists and aspiring, talented students.”

A schedule for the festival is presented below:

  • June 24, 5:30 pm: Faculty Opening Recital in Squires Recital Hall (Humanities Center)
  • June 25, 7 pm:  Recital by Ann Schein in the Lee Chapel (1020 N. Ocoee St.)
  • June 27, 7 pm:  Performance by Dr. Alex McDonald and Pei-Chun Liao in Squires Recital Hall

For more information on the Lee University International Piano Festival and Competition, contact the Department of Musicianship Studies at 423-614-8264, music@leeuniversity.edu or visit https://www.leeupiano.com/.