Terrace Hill Piano Competition

Begun in 1986, the Terrace Hill Piano Competition is held annually at the Iowa Public Television studios in Johnston, Iowa. The Senior competition is always held on the second Saturday in February, and the Junior competition the preceding Friday evening. The dates for 2018 are February 9-10. All judging is done by out-of-state music professionals.

Announcements and competition updates are made via e-mail. Piano teachers who wish to be added to the distribution list should contact: karen.engel@iowa.gov

Junior Competition

All entrants must be in grades 9-11. The competition will take place Friday evening, February 9. Applications must be postmarked by January 6, 2018. Two winners will be named, with each receiving a cash prize of fifty dollars, courtesy of Des Moines Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers of Central Iowa.

Senior Competition

All entrants must be Iowa high school seniors planning to major or minor in piano. The competition will take place on Saturday, February 10. Applications must be postmarked by January 6, 2018.


Each of the three Senior-level finalists will be awarded a scholarship over a two-year period to enroll as a piano major or minor at any Iowa college or university, with the winner receiving "The First Family of Iowa Scholarship." Scholarship amounts for 2018 are yet to be determined and will be announced in the near future. Appreciation and thanks are extended to West Music for its annual contribution of $3,000 toward these scholarships.

Phone: 515-281-3604
E-mail: karen.engel.@iowa.gov