2019 Bach Festival & Competition Guidebook

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Registration Deadline: March 16, 2019 at 11:59 pm

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Festival & Competition Schedule


7 pm, Richert Auditorium Bach Festival Guest Artist Recital: Shuai Wang, Piano

Program: TBA

Shuai Wang has performed extensively in major venues such as Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall (New York), Kennedy Center (DC), among others. Dr. Wang is currently on faculty at Cleveland Institute of Music and Interlochen Arts Music Camp.

(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

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm LUNCH BREAK

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Mini-Recital and Masterclass: J. Bradley Baker, Piano

Mini-Recital Program:

J.S. Bach: Partita in c minor

Masterclass Program:

Participants and Repertoire TBA

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)

2:45 pm Finalists Announced

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

Educational Sessions

The Tabor College Bach Festival & Competition offers four entertaining educational sessions free of charge. Topics include the Goldberg Variations, “Dancing the Bach Suites,” “Bach the Organist,” and more!

2019 Session Presenters (click names for bio):

– J. Bradley BakerTabor College
Tyler Breneman, Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church
– Denise A. CelestinWichita State University
Sylvia Coats, Wichita State University
Jamie KnightFriends University


(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
-2019 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