Participate in the Piano Festival

We would love to have you join us. All the information students need is below including application forms. Contact Jim McCormick at 760-285-6611 with any questions.


2023 Awards Festival




Xavier College Preparatory High School
34200 Cook St., Palm Desert, CA, 92211

The Steinway Society of Riverside County Awards Festival takes place this year on March 6 and March 13 at Xavier College Preparatory High School in Palm Desert. Its purpose is to award talented young pianists and give them an opportunity to perform and work with master teachers.

Format of the Festival

Participants will play in a master class for each of two teachers and in a recital. Award winners will be selected on the basis of their performance in all three venues. Students’ teachers are strongly encouraged to attend.


Applicants must be residents of Riverside or San Bernardino County or be studying with a teacher who is a resident of these counties.
The student must have studied with the current teacher for six months prior to the festival.
Festival participants will be divided into Junior and Senior Levels.
Junior Level – through grade 8, level 5 literature and above.
Senior Level – grades 9 – 12


Four awards of $500 will be given at both Junior and Senior Levels.


Students will perform three pieces of contrasting style.
Participants must choose one Baroque OR Classical piece. Schubert may count as Classical.  The third selection will then be Romantic or later.

Repertoire time limits are as follows:

1st selection – master class – 10 min. max.
2nd selection – master class – 10 min. max.
3rd selection – recital – not longer than 12 minutes, please.

If you select a piece much longer than that you will be asked to cut it!
Students will choose their recital piece.  All works must be memorized.  Movements from larger works are acceptable.


There is an application fee of $50. In addition, there is a required teacher fee of $40 in lieu of membership.  That is a one-time fee.

The application package must include:

Application form
Check in the amount of $50.There is a required teacher fee of $40 in lieu of membership. That is a onetime fee.
Make check out to Steinway Society of Riverside County.

Please send the complete application package to:

Steinway Society of Riverside County
c/o James McCormick
2980 N. Starr Rd
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Festival Dates
Junior Level – TBA, Xavier Prep
Senior Level – TBA, Xavier Prep

Winners Concert – TBD  Rancho Mirage Library

We look forward to your participation in our 18th annual Awards Festival!

 Application Deadline:  TBA

 Any questions, please call Jim McCormick at 760-285-6611

Free to the Public

Application and Information

Application Deadline:  TBA
Click and download Word docs

Download application and complete.
Please mail application, biography and check to:

Steinway Society of Riverside County
c/o James McCormic
2980 N. Starr Rd.
Palm Springs, CA 92262


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