David D. Dubois Piano Festival and Competition

February 12-14, 2016


Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 David D. Dubois Piano Competition!


1st Prize: Eric Lin
2nd Prize: Heather Gu

3rd Prize: Shuheng Zhang
Honorable Mention: Henry Tang

Spencer Myer, guest artist


Feb. 12-14, 2016

One of the most important American artists of his generation, SPENCER MYER has garnered stellar audience and critical acclaim from around the globe, rapidly establishing a significant and continuously expanding career.

His orchestral, recital and chamber music performances have been heard throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. He has been soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra, Louisiana, Cape Town and Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestras, the Baton Rouge, Indianapolis, Knoxville, New Haven, Phoenix, Santa Fe and Tucson Symphony Orchestras, Mexico’s Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco and Beijing’s China National Symphony Orchestra, collaborating with, among others, conductors Leslie B. Dunner, Bernhard Gueller, Jacques Lacombe, Jahja Ling, Timothy Muffitt, Maurice Peress, Kevin Rhodes, Matthew Savery, Klauspeter Seibel, Steven Smith, Arjan Tien and Victor Yampolsky. In May 2005, his recital/orchestral tour of South Africa included a performance of the five piano concerti of Beethoven with the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa, followed by return orchestra and recital tours in 2010 and 2012.


Classically-trained pianists in grades 8-12 (age 18 or under at the time of the competition)


  • 1st Prize: $3,000
  • 2nd Prize: $2,000
  • 3rd Prize: $1,000

Additional scholarships may be awarded to seniors successfully completing the application process for undergraduate study in BGSU’s piano program. Judges’ decisions on all prizes and scholarships are final. 


Deadline for application, payment ($25) and uploaded video recording file is Monday, January 18, 2016.


Repertoire should include selections from at least three of the following style periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary. One movement from a Classical sonata must be included. All works must be memorized with the exception of those written after 1945. Students should aim for a program 20-30 minutes in length.The same repertoire will be used for both semi-final and final rounds.

Screening Recording

All entrants must submit a video screening recording of one piece from their competition repertoire on or before Monday, January 18, 2016. Recordings should be uploaded to YouTube, Youku, or a similar site. Email the link to meltonL@bgsu.edu.



All entrants will be notified of acceptance via email by Friday, January 22, 2016.


If you have any questions about the application or repertoire requirements, please contact Dr. Laura Melton at meltonL@bgsu.edu.

Dr. David D Dubois, an internationally recognized consultant, author and speaker had a love of music and a special passion for piano and organ performance. In 2008, after reviewing proposals from major music schools from around the nation, the David D. Dubois Trust established the David D. Dubois Piano Competition at Bowling Green State University to enhance the piano program in the College of Musical Arts.


The David D. Dubois Piano Competition supports student pianists at several levels. It provides a number of scholarship opportunities for high school students to attend BGSU, it encourages undergraduate piano students to develop innovative programming ideas for outreach projects and it supports current piano students to participate in music festivals around the world.

In his memory, the College of Musical Arts celebrates the life of Dr. David D. Dubois and his passion for music and gratefully acknowledges the David D. Dubois Foundation for making this exciting program possible.


Friday, February 12:

Guest Artist Master Class — Spencer Myer, piano
2:30-4:30, Bryan Recital Hall

Saturday, February 13:

Competition Semi-Finals, 9:00am-5:00pm, Kobacker Hall
Announcement of finalists, 5:30pm, Bryan Recital Hall
Solo Recital — Spencer Myer, piano, 8:00pm, Kobacker Hall

Sunday, February 14:

Competition Finals, 8:30am-12:00pm, Kobacker Hall
Announcement of winners immediately following conclusion of finals, Kobacker Hall