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About the Bill and Pat Medley Pre-College Piano Competition

The 2020 Bill and Pat Medley Pre-College Piano Competition is open to Wisconsin residents who are in 4th through 12th grade. Please click on the "Learn More" button for detailed information about the rules and requirements. Once you have read the rules and requirements page and your video is ready, the registration form can be found below.

Video submission deadline: May 1, 2020, 11:59PM

The inspiration for the 2020 inaugural Bill and Pat Medley Pre-College Piano Competition for the state of Wisconsin is two-fold:

 (1) Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, our Wisconsin students are dealing with indefinite school closings and canceled recitals, competitions, and performances. We know that students benefit from specific and time-bound goals. The Bill and Pat Medley Pre-College Piano Competition was developed in order to help our students remain motivated and practicing during this uncertain time.

(2) Bill and Pat Medley were devoted to their students and they loved competitions. They found that their students thrived off of the experience, no matter the outcome. While it is exciting to win, the idea of competition is much more than winning or not. Bill and Pat also stressed the importance of competitions to be utilized as learning tools for their students to push themselves and to gain helpful feedback from others. 

Below, you will find information about the 2020 Bill and Pat Medley Pre-College Piano Competition along with the entry form. You can also learn more about the Medleys’ career by perusing further down the page. 

We would like to thank the private donors who generously supported this competition with monetary prizes.  

If you have questions, please feel free to contact me through my website. Thank you for your interest and support!

​-William P. Whipple, Founder and Competition Organizer

The adjudicators for the 2020 Competition are Dr. Brandon Bascom, Dr. Ann DuHamel, and Mr. Levi Gunardi.


Competition Registration

We are no longer accepting submissions for the 2020 competition.

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About Bill (1926-2018) and Pat (1927-2019) Medley 

"The demonstration of a high degree of perception and teamwork on the piano keyboard has brought widespread public applause to one of America's outstanding two-piano teams, William and Patricia Medley." ...from Par Records Production liner notes.

The Medleys (yes, that was their real name), two-piano career lasted more than sixty-five years. Promoted as, "America's most often re-engaged Two-Piano Team," the Medleys played more than one thousand concerts and recitals in forty-seven of the United States, Australia, and ten Canadian Provinces, including the first piano recital ever given in the Northwest Territory. For eight years the Medleys performed on a full-time basis, averaging around eighty concerts per year, and in the 1958-1959 season they appeared in one hundred and nineteen concerts, which broke the world record at the time for the number of two-piano concerts performed in a single year.

In addition to their performance career, the Medleys were prolific pedagogical composers. They were the authors of The Medley Way (an original piano method series published by Hal Leonard Music Company) and their pedagogical solos are available from the Willis Music Company, FJH Music Company, and the Alfred Music Company. 

For more information about the life and career of Bill and Pat Medley, click on the "Learn More" button below.


2020 Competition Results

We had 70 students enter the competition this year! Thank you! Many thanks to our judges (Dr. Ann DuHamel, Dr. Brandon Bascom, and Mr. Levi Gunardi). Comment sheets and prize money will be emailed and mailed out over the next few weeks. Thank you again and we hope you will consider entering the 2021 Bill and Pat Medley Pre-College Piano Competition! ~William Whipple

Category I (Grades 4-6) 

Adjudicator: Dr. Brandon Bascom, Fresno City College

1st Place: Emma Phillips        Teacher: Casey Snyder

2nd Place: Evelyn Doyle        Teacher: Kate Gierhart

Honorable Mention (in no particular order): 

Andrew Petcu    Teacher: Rebecca Wilkinson

Isabella Vue        Teacher: Kathy Johns

Johnathan Chen    Teacher: Casey Snyder

Lauren Harris    Teacher: Kristin Benschine

Hannah Stone    Teacher: Kate Gierhart

Madeline Edwards    Teacher: Opala Bilhorn

Xiaosi Suzy Ma    Teacher: Sandra Statz

Lydia Wesolowski    Teacher: Rebecca Wilkinson

Emma Holmen    Teacher: Cathy Seipel 

Category II (Grades 7-9) 

Adjudicator: Dr. Ann DuHamel, University of Minnesota, Morris

1st Place: Evelyn Rohrbach    Teacher: Ivan Konev and Lois Wolfe-Steiner

2nd Place: Nathan Phillips    Teacher: Nicholas Phillips

Honorable Mention (in no particular order):

Lauren Schiefer        Teacher: Abby Patchet

Christina Chen        Teacher: Nicholas Phillips

Quinten Anger        Teacher: Cathy Seipel

Olivia McBride      Teacher: Abby Patchet

Category III (Grades 10-12) 

Adjudicator: Mr. Levi Gunardi, Life On Piano Music Center, Indonesia

1st Place: Ellie McBride        Teacher: Nicholas Phillips

2nd Place: Ellie Brenner        Teacher: Kate Gierhart

Honorable Mention (in no particular order):

Sarah Kauphusman    Teacher: Deborah Lang

Kailyn Walukas        Teacher: Terry Wilkinson

Shiann Her            Teacher: Jennifer Wilkinson