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Registration Deadline: March 14, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Festival & Competition Schedule


7 p.m., Richert Auditorium – Bach Festival Guest Artist Recital: Jan Kraybill, organ

Program: TBA

GRAMMY-nominated artist Jan Kraybill is a musical leader and dynamic speaker; a concert organist, pianist, and harpsichordist; an educator, church musician, and consultant; and an enthusiastic advocate for the power of music to change lives for the better.

In addition to maintaining a very active concert schedule, Dr. Kraybill is Organ Conservator at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, Organist-in-Residence at the international headquarters of Community of Christ in Independence, Missouri; and Organist at Village on Antioch Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Overland Park, Kansas. She plays and oversees the care of the Kansas City metro area’s three largest pipe organs: at Community of Christ, the Auditorium’s 113-rank Aeolian-Skinner (installed in 1959) and the Temple’s 102-rank Casavant (1993), and at the Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall, the 102-rank Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant (2012).

Full biography available here.


8 a.m. Check-in/Registration begins

8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m– Piano and Organ Competition Preliminary Round

1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.– LUNCH BREAK

1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m– Masterclass: Jan Kraybill, organ

2:30 p.m.– Finalists Announced

3:00 p.m.– Finals Round Recital, followed by Awards Ceremony


(Click here for full competition regulations)


  • Elementary Division (up to age 9)
  • Junior Division (ages 10-13)
  • Senior Division (ages 14-18)
  • Young Artist (ages 19-21)
  • Senior Organ Division (ages 14-18)
  • Young Artist Organ Division (ages 19-22)


  • Elementary Division: $50
  • Junior Division: $75
  • Senior Division: $100
  • Young Artist Division: $125
  • Organ Division: $125


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)


  • FULL COMPETITOR: $20/entry

Entry fee includes
-2022 Festival & Competition T-shirt
-Door prizes that include Bose Headphones and more!
-Competition comments and monetary prizes for winners


For more information or specific questions/concerns, please contact

Dr. Sheila Litke, Professor of Piano/Music Dept. Chair

Tabor College
Hillsboro, Kansas 67063
620-947-3121 ext. 1406

Archived Information regarding 2019 Bach Festival & Competition