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Latest News

Rule Change

by Ted Lemen

After polling the board of directors, we’ve decided to open the final contest to the previously ineligible three-time winners that were not allowed to compete again. This opens the field to Brian Holland, Ron Trotta, Adam Swanson and others, and for some 2015 competitors, one chance to compete against the best. Both Danny Souvigny and Ethan Uslan will defend their titles. Teaming for entries in the Duet Contest Friday night will be determined by who shows up. A ballot will be sold prior to the start of the event to raise the prize money, and will be limited to one ballot per person. The winners and contest will divvy up the proceeds of the Duet Contest.

Peoria Musical Fixture for 15 Years Will Award Its Final Trophy

by Ted Lemen

When the World Championship Old-time Piano Playing Contest wraps up its 41st annual edition Memorial Day weekend in East Peoria IL, it will be for the last time.

More than 800 piano players from 38 states and five foreign countries have participated in the event through the years, collecting over $100,000 in prizes, but whoever wins the contest’s traveling trophy this year will get to keep it.

New Contestants for 2015

by Ted Lemen

The number of contestants continues to rise for contest 2015. Check out who’s entered in all four competitions—the New Rag Contest, the Piano Duet Contest, and the Junior and Regular Divisions. Defending Regular Division champion is Ethan Uslan of Charlotte, NC; Daniel Souvigny of Hampshire, IL is the defending Junior Division champ.

Peoria, Illinois
May 21–25, 2015

2015 Results

Adam Swanson from Baltimore, MD won the 2015 World Championship Old-Time PIano Playing Contest.
Danny Souvigny from Hampshire, IL won the junior division.
David Cavalari from Eagan, MN won the new rag contest.
Bill Edwards from Ashburn, VA and Adam Swanson from Baltimore, MD won the piano duet contest.
Be sure to check out the full results from the 2015 contest.