** UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 2020 Bach Festival & Competition has been cancelled. We look forward to seeing you in 2021! **

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Registration Deadline: March 21, 2020 at 11:59 pm

Festival & Competition Schedule


7 pm, Richert Auditorium – Bach Festival Guest Artist Recital: Xiangyu Zhao, Piano

Program: TBA

Xiangyu Zhao is currently completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree with Dr. Robert Weirich at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. His doctoral research includes completion of a recording of Franz Liszt’s monumental work Transcendental Études and a new scholarly edition of Quatre Études, Op. 7 by Igor Stravinsky. Mr. Zhao also serves on the piano faculty of the Music Academy of Kansas City and as Pianist for Kansas City Ballet.
(click for full biography)


8 am Check-in/Registration begins

8:30 am – 1:00 pm Piano and Organ Competition Preliminary Round

9:00 am – 1:00 pm Educational Sessions

  • Dr. Meg Gray, Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy, Wichita State University
  • Dr. Jessica Koebbe, Instructor of Piano, MidAmerica Nazarene University
  • Dr. Hentus van Rooyen, Assistant Professor of Organ, Bethany College

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm LUNCH BREAK

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm Masterclass: J. Bradley Baker, Piano

A dynamic soloist, Baker’s performances have been recorded by Navona Records and Centaur Records and broadcast on public radio stations throughout the United States and United Kingdom. Dr. Baker is Assistant Professor of Piano and Collaborative Piano at Tabor College.
(click for full biography)

2:30 pm Finalists Announced

3:00 pm Finals Round Recital, followed by Awards Ceremony


(Click here for full competition regulations)


  • Elementary Division (age 9 and under)
  • Junior Division (ages 10-13)
  • Senior Division (ages 14-18)
  • Young Artist (ages 19-21)
  • Organ Division (age 21 and under)


  • Elementary Division: $50
  • Junior Division: $75
  • Senior Division: $100
  • Young Artist Division: $125
  • Organ Division: $125
  • Scholarship Winner: $20,000 scholarship to study with J. Bradley Baker at Tabor College
  • Prize drawings including Apple Watches, Bose Headphones, and more!

The $20,000 Scholarship Prize will be presented to one senior high school student for study at Tabor College with J. Bradley Baker. For more information, contact BradBaker@Tabor.edu.

Drawing Prizes will be awarded to any competitor, competitor’s family or friends, or any teacher present.


All competitors perform one solo keyboard work written by Johann Sebastian Bach. Upon approval by the Festival Coordinator, Elementary and Junior Division competitors may perform simplified arrangements of Bach works.

Memory is required for all pianists who wish to be considered for prizes. However, organists are not required to perform from memory.


Competition consists of two rounds.

  1. Preliminary Round: Closed audition format, with only family and friends
  2. Final Round: Five finalists in each division perform in a public recital in Tabor College’s Richert Auditorium

All participants may choose to perform for comments only. Please specify this preference when registering.

Special note regarding organists:

Organists will be given a twenty-minute period in which they may establish registration and try the instrument. The organ in Tabor College’s Richert Auditorium is a custom three-manual Allen organ designed and installed by Burton Tidwell. (Click here for detailed specifications and stop list)



Attendance of all Festival & Conference events is free of charge! All in attendance are also eligible for door prizes, including a special prize for teachers.

  • FULL COMPETITOR: $20/entry

Entry fee includes
-2020 Festival & Competition T-shirt
-Door prizes that include Bose Headphones, Apple Watches, and more!
-Educational Sessions
-Competition comments and monetary prizes for winners


For more information or specific questions/concerns, please contact

Dr. J. Bradley Baker, Event Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Piano & Collaborative Piano

Tabor College
Hillsboro, Kansas 67063
620-947-3121 ext. 1404

Archived Information regarding 2019 Bach Festival & Competition