David D. Dubois Piano Festival and Competition

2021 Dubois Piano Festival & Competition will be VIRTUAL.

Application, fee, and email with video links and supporting information

Deadline: Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

ARTHUR GREENE, Guest Artist & Finals Judge

Arthur Greene

“Incomparable master-pianist” (Upper Austria Krone News, 2019) Arthur Greene was born in New York. He went to Yale College, and then Juilliard and Stony Brook, where he studied with Martin Canin. Mr. Greene was first prize winner in the William Kapell and Gina Bachauer competitions. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the National Symphony, and many others. He has played recitals in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Moscow Rachmaninov Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, and similar halls throughout Europe and Asia. He was an Artistic Ambassador to Serbia, Kosovo, and Bosnia for the United States Information Agency. Mr. Greene’s recordings include the Complete Etudes of Alexander Scriabin for Supraphon. He has performed the 10 Sonata Cycle of Alexander Scriabin in many important international venues, including multi-media presentations with Symbolist artworks. He has performed mazurkas with the Janusz Prusinowski Kompania, a Polish folk ensemble.

Arthur Greene is a member of the piano faculty of the  University of Michigan, where he has won the Harold Haugh Award for Excellence in Studio Teaching. In 2012 Mr. Greene and his students presented a recital series of the complete solo works of Chopin in nine concerts. His current and former students include prizewinners in international competitions, and his former students hold important teaching posts throughout the United States.

2021 David D. Dubois Competition Finals Judges

Pianist, Yu-Lien The
A dedicated pedagogue and sought-after clinician, Yu-Lien The is an Assistant Professor of Keyboard Studies at Western Michigan University and has previously served on the faculties at Bowling Green State University, Valparaiso University, and Kalamazoo College.
A veteran chamber musician, Phillip Bush has performed and recorded with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, appeared innumerable times on Brooklyn's Bargemusic series, and has performed at the Grand Canyon Music Festival, Newport Music Festival, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, and at many other festivals worldwide.

Yu-Lien The, 2021 Competition Judge

Yu-Lien The has appeared throughout the US, Europe, and Southeast-Asia, soloing with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Kammerorchester Hannover, and the Baroque Orchestra L'Arco. As a recitalist and chamber musician, she has performed at events like the Gilmore Keyboard Festival and venues such as Detroit Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall. A prizewinner of the 12th International Piano Competition Viotti-Valsesia (Italy) and the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb, she was admitted to the National Concert Podium for Young Artists (Germany), which led to several concert tours with violinist Tomo Keller. Dr. The has been involved in many commissions and world premieres. She frequently collaborates with saxophonist Joe Lulloff and champions new works by composers such as Dorothy Chang, Stacy Garrop, and Carter Pann. 

Born in the Netherlands, Yu-Lien The received most of her musical training in Germany, where she obtained degrees in both piano and recorder performance and pedagogy from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover. She has earned an Artist Diploma from the Hochschule für Musik Detmold as well as a D.M.A. in piano performance from Michigan State University. Her principal piano teachers were Arie Vardi, Anatol Ugorski, and Deborah Moriarty.  

Phillip Bush, 2021 Competition Judge

Acclaimed as "a pianist of poetry, elegance, and power" (American Record Guide) and "one of those rare pianists who combine structural intelligence with a hundred color gradations" (Village Voice), Phillip Bush has established a performing career over the past three decades that is noted for its remarkable versatility and eclecticism. Since the launch of his career upon winning the American Pianists Association Fellowship Award and subsequent New York recital debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1984, he has appeared as recitalist throughout North America as well as in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. 

Also a devoted advocate for contemporary music, Phillip Bush performed around the world for 20 years with both the Philip Glass Ensemble and Steve Reich and Musicians. Mr. Bush is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Leon Fleisher. Mr. Bush taught piano and chamber music at the University of Michigan for several years and has served on the University of South Carolina School of Music faculty since 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. 

Scholarships to BGSU Summer Music Institute (Piano Camp) are also available to all competitors.

Application Steps

Fill the Application

Email the following to meltonL@bgsu.edu by January 20, 2021:

  • Proof of date of birth (driver's license, passport, birth certificate, etc.)
  • Photo (hi-res jpg)
  • Bio (100-150 words in paragraph form)
  • Links to video recordings of competition repertoire (separate links to each piece)
  • Release Form


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.

Competition Videos

Video recordings should include all competition repertoire as specified in the repertoire requirements. Recordings should be uploaded to YouTube (each piece separately) with the links sent via email to meltonL@bgsu.edu. Competitors should indicate which piece they would like to have viewed in the first round. Finalists will be chosen by Monday, January 25, 2021 and evaluated by external judges with winners announced on Saturday, February 6, 2021.

Lessons with BGSU Piano Faculty are available between January 20-February 7, 2021. Indicate on your application if you would like a lesson.


Wednesday, January 20, 2021 – Deadline for application, fee, supporting documents

Monday, January 25, 2021 – Notification of finalists


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

Apply Here

  1. The application process and fee are done in one form.
  2. Fill out the application form.
  3. Once finished filling in the information, be sure to go to check out by clicking "Add to Cart" at the end of the application page.
  4. Click "Check Out" and add payment form to pay for application fee.

Release Form

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.


Winners of the 2020 David D. Dubois Piano Competition
2020 Competition finalists
Congratulations to ALL finalists on such high-level performances. In addition, our deepest appreciation goes to the distinguished judges of the final round: Boris Berman, Steven Glaser and Virginia Marks (left to right: Steven Glaser, Virginia Marks, Natalie Zhang, Abhijit Devalapura, Arun Kamath, Kasey Shao, Elena Lu, Tan Nguyen, Maxine Park, Boris Berman, and Bob Swinehart, the Dubois Endowment Executor)

First Prize: Kasey Shao, Cincinnati, OH

Second Prize: Alena Lu, Potomac, MD

Third Prizes: Tan Nguyen, Leesburg, VA and Abhijit Devalapura, New Albany, OH

Honorable Mention: Maxine Park, Hanover, NH

David D. Dubois Piano Competition and Festival 2021 Schedule

Lessons with BGSU Piano Faculty via Zoom are available to all competitors (January 25-February 7, 2021).

Friday, February 5, 2:30-4:30 PM
Guest Artist Master Class – Arthur Greene.
Master Class will be in-person and livestreamed (link sent to all competitors).

Saturday, February 6, 8pm
– Winners Announcements –