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USU Summer Piano Festival and Competition

ANNOUNCEMENT: The 2020 Festival and Competition has been canceled due to concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak. Although we are deeply saddened by this, these actions are in line with USU's infectious disease plan. We are already planning our 2021 Festival, and we hope you'll plan on joining us next year!

Open to students ages 13-18


For additional information, see tabs above. For questions, please contact Dr. Cahill Smith at

USU Piano Festival Faculty Members Include: 
Ann Schein
Cahill Smith
Kevin Olson
Elzbieta Bilicka
Emily Ezola

A typical daily schedule includes music enrichment seminars, collaboration, masterclasses, concerts, and lecture demonstrations. Additionally, students will receive private lessons with piano festival faculty members.

Festival participants will get to perform in the Russell Wanlass Performance Hall, and will have a chance to hear several concerts throughout the week. In addition to evening performances, students will get to enjoy recreational activities like kayaking at beautiful First Dam. 

Piano Performances are Free and Open to Public! 

Caine Performance Hall

Logan Tabernacle



Housing & Meals


Total Festival Fee


$50 deposit due after acceptance and at time of registration with the remainder due June 10, 2020

Students will be housed in Reeder Hall, a short 2-minute walk from the music building. Rooms are double occupancy.

Resident Assistants for the festival will live in Reeder Hall as well, and will provide supervision and guidance throughout the week.

Meals will be provided through USU Dining Services.

*For local student participants who do not wish to live on-campus during the festival, a $150 meal plan is required in place of the $300 Housing & Meals fee, making the total festival fee $500.

After we have received your information, we will contact you by email ( to provide you with the materials you need to complete the application process. Once you have completed your application process, tuition will be due.

The experience of students who attend the USU Summer Piano Festival is enriched by opportunities which are only possible because of the generous support of organizations and individuals who believe in the arts and understand the value of music education. We appreciate your interest in supporting the USU Summer Piano Festival, and would invite you to consider sponsoring a concert ($400), or a student ($600). We gratefully accept donations in any amount, and all donations are tax deductible. Donations (payable to USU Summer Piano Festival) may be mailed to: Dane Graham, CCA Development Director, 4060 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-4060. For more information, please contact Dane Graham, at (435) 797-0447, or

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Thank you to the Utah Music Teachers Association for their in-kind donation in support of the 2019 Summer Piano Festival.