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Wingate Piano Competition



Saturday, January 20, 2024 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Wingate's 7th Annual Piano Competition




Celebrating local excellence since 2017

The Wingate Piano Competition hosts young pianists from North and South Carolina every year on Wingate University's beautiful campus, in the George A. Batte Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. Participants present selections from a memorized program to win prizes in separate middle school and high school categories. The competition is open to students from grades 6 - 12 in North and South Carolina; and is an excellent opportunity to practice performing under pressure and to receive expert feedback from renowned judges. We offer generous cash prizes from our sponsor, Agnes Goldston, as well as a $21,000 scholarship for use in Wingate University’s music program. In addition to these prizes, the 1st and 2nd place winners of both age groups are invited to receive a free lesson with Wingate University's piano professor, Dr. David Brooks. We encourage students and parents to apply early, as we will close the application portal after we have reached a maximum of 12 middle school and 12 high school students. Please contact Dr. Annie Brooks Stankovic,, if you have questions.

The music department at Wingate University offers a boutique, and highly individualized educational experience. We have small class sizes, tailored degree paths, experimental music ensembles and low faculty-to-student ratios. Our students continue on to prestigious graduate programs in top universities across the country, and earn coveted teaching positions in the region. Want to find out if this program is right for you? Ask us about joining our Music Major for a Day Experience!

Repertoire Requirements

High School Submissions

Please select three contrasting pieces from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary classical repertoire.

Middle School Submissions

Please select two contrasting pieces from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary classical repertoire.

Memorization is preferred, but not required for entry. If you have any questions please contact Annie Brooks at

Competition FAQs

The Wingate Piano Competition is the perfect platform to work towards launching a successful career in music. Scholarships have been generously donated by esteemed supporter of the music department, Agnes Goldston.


Annie Brooks
(704) 233-8311