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Conservatory of Music
Frank Wiens
Conservatory of Music
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton CA, 95211

Henry and Carol Zeiter Piano Competition


The 2016 Henry and Carol Zeiter Piano Competition will take place beginning at 9am on January 16th in the Recital Hall at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music.  High school students residing in California in grades 9-12 (2015-16 school year) are eligible to apply.  Prizes include cash awards donated by Henry and Carol Zeiter.

Audition requirements

  1. Application Form
  2. $40 non-refundable entry fee (check payable to "Pacific Conservatory of Music")
  3. High quality CD of two of the three solo works from contrasting style periods to be used in the competition.


Three solo works representing three of the following style periods:

  • Baroque
  • Classical
  • Romantic
  • Impressionist/Contemporary

POSTMARK DEADLINE to submit all materials is Friday, December 11, 2015.

For more information, contact  Frank Wiens or call 209.946.2495

The top 3 prizes in 2016 include cash awards:

  • First prize - $1000
  • Second prize - $750
  • Third prize - $500

Former first prize winners and students of 2016 judges are not eligible to compete.

Live auditions by high school seniors will be accepted as an audition for admission to the Conservatory of Music.  Merit scholarships may be offered to selected students.

Competition Procedures

Contestants will be evaluated in a preliminary recorded round consisting of two of the three selected works. Approximately 15-18 pianists will be invited to the University of the Pacific campus for the live auditions. Those chosen for the live auditions will be notified by January 9, 2016. Contestants in the live auditions will each perform for up to fifteen minutes, including portions of all three works, in a public recital on Saturday, January 16, 2016. Each contestant may choose the first work to be performed. There will be a fifteen-minute time limit on performances, and performers may be stopped and asked to play some or all of their second and third selections. All repertoire in the live auditions must be performed by memory. The auditions are open to auditors for a modest fee. Four contestants who are not chosen as prizewinners will be invited to perform in master classes on Saturday afternoon given by Sonia Leong and Frank Wiens of the Pacific faculty. All contestants should bring a copy of the scores for each work to the competition.


Contestants that need housing on Friday or Saturday nights will be given information about area hotels. Accommodations and transportation between hotels and the campus are the responsibility of the contestant. For more information, please contact Frank Wiens or call 209.946.2495.