20th/21st Century Piano Festival

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Grand Valley State University

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

Saturday, October 28, 2023
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 $14 (payable by card or check). Registration forms are due by Friday, October 6, 2023.
  • 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 [email protected].

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

2019 GVSU 20th/21st-Century Piano Festival

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 

Cimmerian Cliffs, by Timothy Brown

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)

bill ryan tiny machines

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

jammin at the space club

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) 

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