David D. Dubois Piano Festival and Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 David D. Dubois Piano Competition!

1st prize – Raymond Feng, 16, Pittsford, NY (student of Elier Suarez)
2nd prize – Isabelle Lian, 16, Novi, MI (student of Arthur Greene)
3rd prize – Angelina Ning, 13, Charlotte, NC (student of Marina Lomasov & Joseph Rackers)
Honorable Mention – Lucy Cao, 15, Arlington Heights, IL (student of Sylvia Wang)


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 Tuesday, January 16, 2018.


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 Tuesday, January 16, 2018. 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 19, 2018.


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 16:

Private lessons with BGSU Piano faculty available in the morning
Guest Artist Master Class — Ursula Oppens & Phillip Moll, piano
3:30-5:30, Bryan Recital Hall

Saturday, February 17:

Competition Semi-Finals, 9:00am-5:00pm, Kobacker Hall
Announcement of finalists, 5:30pm, Kobacker Hall
Guest Artist Concert, 8:00pm, KobackerHall

Sunday, February 18:

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

Winners of the 2018 David D. Dubois Piano Competition
2017 Winners

Ursula Oppens, Guest Artist


Feb. 16-18, 2018

Ursula Oppens has long been recognized as the leading champion of contemporary American piano music.  In addition, her original and perceptive readings of other music, old and new, have earned her a place among the elite of today’s performing musicians. For her extensive discography, she has been nominated five times for a Grammy Award and has premiered works by composers such as John Adams, Luciano Berio, William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, John Corigliano, John Harbison, György Ligeti, Witold Lutoslawski, Meredith Monk, Conlon Nancarrow, Tobias Picker, Frederic Rzewski, Joan Tower, Christian Wolff, and Charles Wuorinen.

As soloist, Ms. Oppens has performed with many of the world’s great orchestras, including the New York, Los Angeles, and London Philharmonic and the Boston, Chicago and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Oppens has collaborated with the Arditti, Juilliard, Pacifica, and JACK quartets. She is a Distinguished Professor of Music at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center.

Phillip Moll, guest artist


Feb. 16-18, 2018

Born in Chicago, Phillip Moll lives in Berlin as accompanist and ensemble pianist, having collaborated over the years with such diverse artists as Kyung Wha Chung, Sir James Galway and Jessye Norman. He has performed and recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the German Symphony Orchestra, the RIAS Chamber Choir and the Berlin Radio Choir. Performances have taken him throughout Europe, North America and the Far East.

From 2004 to 2013, Moll held a professorship for song interpretation at the Mendelssohn-Bartholdy University for Music and Theater in Leipzig.

Among the many recordings in which he has taken part are the Brahms Requiem with the Berliner Rundfunkchor (with piano duet), Piano Trios of Dvořák and Suk with the Berlin Philharmonic Piano Trio, vocal duets with Paul-Armin and Peter Edelmann, Gypsy Songs with Renée Morloc, Schubert Lieder with Jessye Norman, a program of shorter pieces with Kyung Wha Chung, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the RIAS Chamber Choir, Opera Fantasies with wind soloists of La Scala, compositions of Schubert and Bartok with violinist Andrea Duka Löwenstein, and diverse programs with flutist Sir James Galway.