20th/21st Century Piano Festival

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Grand Valley State University

20th century

2020 20th/21st-Century Piano Festival

2020 20th/21st-Century Piano Festival

This Festival is a celebration of 20th/21st-century piano music with performances throughout the day!

Saturday, October 23, 2021
Louis Armstrong Theatre
Haas Center for the Performing Arts
Grand Valley State University


  • Elementary, Middle, High School students 
  • Each student performs one piece from the 20th or 21st century.



  • No paper registration will be accepted. The registration fee is $13 (payable by card or check). Registration forms are due by Friday, October 15, 2021.
  • All pieces must be memorized. An exception may be made in case of playing a work that uses experimental contemporary techniques. Your selection should not exceed 6 minutes.  
  • All teachers of participants will receive an evaluation of the student’s performance by GVSU faculty.
  • All participants will receive a certificate; those who have participated for three or more years will receive a trophy. 
  • Questions? Please contact Dr. Sookkyung Cho at choso@gvsu.edu.

We will be following GVSU's Guest and Visitor Protocols: https://www.gvsu.edu/lakerstogether/visitors-guests-vendors-52.htm

  • Face coverings are REQUIRED inside all GVSU spaces
  • All visitors (including all family members) must complete a self-assessment before coming to campus: https://www.gvsu.edu/hro/selfassessment-visitor-edit.htm 
  • Safety protocols and event details can change anytime according to the University policy. We will reimburse the registration fees if the event gets cancelled.

Check out the videos of commissioned works from the past festivals:

Dr. SunYoung Park, "Around the Corner" (2019)

Commissioned by 2019 GVSU 20th/21st-Century Piano Festival
Live Performance by GVSU students Dana Van Dyke and Becca Hanson 

Timothy Brown, Cimmerian Cliffs (2018)

Commissioned by GVSU for its 20th/21st-Century Piano Festival in 2018.
World Premiere - live performance by Sharon Yi-Hsuan Wu and Dr. Helen Marlais (Faculty)

Dr. William Ryan, "Tiny Machines" (2017)

Commissioned by GVSU for its 20th/21st-Century Piano Festival in 2017. 
Video recording by Dana Van Dyke (Junior) and Dr. Sookkyung Cho (Faculty)
Premiere given on 10/28/2017 by Rebekah Shomsky and Reese Rehkopf

Ed McLean, Jammin' at the Space Club (2016)

Commissioned by GVSU for its 20th/21st-Century Piano Festival in 2016.
Premiered by Grace Brylinski (sophomore) and Reese Rehkopf (junior) 

Ted Goldman, "Tilk" (2015)

Commissioned by Grand Valley State University for its 20th/21st-Century Piano Festival in 2015.
Premiered by Grace Maust (Freshman pianist) and Dr. Sookkyung Cho (Faculty).