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2020 David Moore Competition

Information for the 2020 David Moore Competition is TBA.

The competition will be held at the Eastern Kentucky University, in Richmond, KY on November 9th, 2019 and it is open to young pianists up to the age of 18. The deadline to register for the competition is November 1.

Competition Guidelines:

  • The competition is open to the public and divided into three categories:
    • Entrant must meet age requirements as the date of competition.
    • Entrants are not allowed to participate in more than one Division.
      1. Division 1 (up to 10 years old)
      2. Division 2 (From 11 to 14 years old)
      3. Division 3 (from 15 to 18 years old)
  • Entrants under the age of 18 must have parental/guardian permission to participate in the competition. Parent/Guardian permission can be found in the application form.
  • Entrants must complete the application form and submit it by the deadline to be eligible to participate.
  • Entrants must pay the entry fee of $20 (Payable to KMTA, att.: David Moore Competition). Application payable online after completing the application. All entry fees are non-refundable.
  • The Jury’s decisions are final and not subject to appeal. The Jury might decide to split prizes at its discretion.
  • Any unforeseeable issue/circumstance will be considered and reviewed by the David Moore Competition committee and its decision will be final and not subject to appeal.


  • Division 1: 1st Prize ($100); 2nd Prize ($75); Third Prize ($50)
  • Division 2: 1st Prize ($150); 2nd Prize ($100); Third Prize ($75)
  • Division 3: 1st Prize ($300); 2nd Prize ($200); Third Prize ($150)
  • Special “David Moore Award” – $200. The “David Moore Award” will be given to the best performance of a piece composed by David Moore, regardless of Division.
  • Awarded contestants must perform at the Winners Concert to be held at the end of the competition.
  • Winners will be invited to perform during the 2020 Spring semester in a recital in tribute to David Moore. More information forthcoming.


  • Each entrant will perform two contrasting pieces originally composed for the piano. Contestants may not perform their own pieces.
  • Contestants must provide original scores of each piece to be performed at the competition. Scores must be submitted to competition officials prior to performance. Measures must be numbered at the beginning of each line or every 5 measures. Scores will be returned after each performance.
  • Questions regarding repertoire should be directed to the Competition Organizer.
  • Memorization is required unless otherwise specified.
  • Submitted repertoire is subject to review by the competition officials.

Special guidelines regarding repertoire:

About the David Moore Competition

July 12 2001 – April 3rd 2018

As an infant, David filled his life with music. David’s very heartbeat seemed to naturally search for, find and recognize with crystal clarity, the most sensitive and spiritual of all melodies.

Classical spirits such as Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Debussy and Brahms, captured David’s soul. David eagerly embraced life’s melodies which I am sure, helped hone and strengthen his young soul with an abundance of love. Love, not just for music alone but for life itself and for all and everyone around him. David constantly, without interruption, exuded a natural, extremely infectious eternal optimism for human goodness.

David’s secret ambition was to further his own education so one day he could return to his beloved Kentucky, better equipped to provide opportunity, inspiration and David’s very own special brand of love and humility to help develop and promote other childrens’ inspirations through melody and music. To that end David had set his heart to build and develop his very own Piano / Music Academy here in Nicholasville / Lexington.

Physically, now perhaps not, but spiritually our beloved David is now working overtime.

The David Moore Competition has the goal of keeping David’s dream of a more musical world alive.