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American College of Musicians, National Piano Guild Auditions in Salisbury

Audition Information:

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Auditions are held once a year in late spring for students of all ages and levels.

Next Auditions:
Early June 2018 (TBD)
SU, Fulton Hall, Room 112

We love playing piano!

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About the Program

The Piano Guild, as we are called (a division of the American College of Musicians), was founded in 1929 by Dr. Irl Allison. Since that time, the Guild has grown to more than 850 audition centers where thousands of students enroll annually in piano auditions, which are held throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Salisbury University's Music Department is proud to host the National Piano Guild Auditions. The programs was established in the early 1980's by SU professor Dr. Linda Cockey, who also served as the first chairperson. Since then, the Salisbury Center has grown in numbers of enrolled students and teachers. In December 2001, Luba Paskova, presently an adjunct professor in the Music Department, was appointed acting chairperson of the Salisbury Center. Currently, there are more than 100 young pianists from the Eastern Shore that audition every spring. Some of them have become students at Salisbury University or have already graduated with a music diploma.


With the Piano Guild Auditions, students play against a standard of excellence and do not compete with other students. To this regard, the audition serves as an annual musical “check-up” under an outside adjudicator. The auditions acknowledge student progress and encourage students of all ages to continue with their piano studies.

There are several levels at which a student can enter based on the level of music presented in weekly lessons. IT IS NOT BASED ON GRADE LEVEL. An enrollment fee is involved which covers the cost of the judge, diploma, report card and the pin which is received by every student achieving a passing mark.

Programs are flexible and include repertoire as well as technical goals (musicianship phases). A variety of programs are available in which students can enroll:

  • Memorized Programs
    Students of all levels may perform anywhere from one to twenty pieces
  • Hobbyist 
    Unmemorized programs--students of all levels may perform anywhere from one to eight pieces
  • Jazz Programs
    Students of all levels may perform anywhere from one to twenty pieces memorized, or one to eight pieces unmemorized
  • Duet/Duo Programs
    Students of all levels may perform anywhere from one to three pieces
  • Ensemble Programs
    Students of all levels may perform one piece
  • Social Music
  • Special Medal Programs
    Sonatina, Sonata, Early Bach, Advanced Bach
  • Diploma Programs
    High School, Collegiate, and Young Artist
  • International Composition Contest
    Beginning composers through advanced levels compete for cash awards

All piano teachers are required to become members before submitting students for auditions. Application is here.

For more information about the program, membership and registration, please check the Piano Guild website: or contact Salisbury Center Chairperson Luba Paskova at

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Participants of May 30th - June 2nd, 2017 Auditions at SU:

Participants of May 30th - June 2nd, 2017 Auditions at SU:

Kole Bailey (National Winner), Olivia Byerly (National Winner), Isaac Clarke (National Winner), Danielle Gaul (National Winner), Jonathan Kaspersky (National Winner), Lillian Steele (National Winner), Isaac Valdes (National Winner), Patrick Valdes (National Winner), students of Anne Binkley, Salisbury, MD

Rachel Berley, McKenna DePalma (National Winner), Margaret Jada Donahue (National Winner), Frederick "Ted" Donahue (International Winner), Siddharth Ghosh (National Winner), Makena Hasbrouck (National Winner), Gourav Korada (National Winner), Sara Isabel Long, Aarna Lulla, Krisha Lulla, Ryder Myrick, Wyatt Myrick (National Winner), Miralena Smith, Julia Grace VanMeter (National Winner), and Megan E. Waller, students of Susan Boone Upton, Delmar, MD

Elizabeth Lonsdale (National Winner), Emma Skweres (National Winner), Dhara Sloan, students of Sharon Lonsdale, Snow Hill, MD

Jeannette Henning (International Winner), Peggy Thomas, Rebecca Thomas, Jacob Akey, Josalyn Stack, Abigail Pamplona, Clarice Pamplona, students of Shelly Hopkins, Seaford, DE

Ella Banks, Emma Banks, Isaac Banks, Matthew Banks, Ava Bautista (5-year National Winner), Stephen Carlton-Jones, Logan Herper (National Winner), Dylan Hoang, Hannah Hoang, Gary Hoehler (National Winner), Peter Jin (National Winner), Henna Parmar, Priar Parmar, Riley Schoch (5-year National Winner), Bryan Sebaraj, Patrick Sebaraj, Christy Sun (4-year National winner), Katerina Yiannouris (National Winner), students of Luba Paskova Anderson, Salisbury, MD

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