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2021 Kathryn Gawartin Memorial Chopin Competition

May 15, 2022

Chair: Louisa Wong with Dr. Woijech Kocyan

Competition Event Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021

Winners  Recital May 23, 2021, venue or method of recital TBA as recommended by safety guidelines at the time 

Application can be accessed here:

 TBA,  NEAR West Los Angeles if covid-safety permits in-person events at that time. Otherwise, other arrangements for participation such as video submission will be announced.

Deadline to complete online application below:

MAY 2, 2021
Postmark Deadline for Entry Fees: May 2, 2021

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    • Kathryn Gawartin Chopin Piano   Competition (hereinafter referred to as the Competition) 

      Co-Chairs: Dr. Wojciech Kocyan & Louisa Wong

      Competition date: Sunday afternoon of  May 16, 2021

    • to apply:


    • Competition format:

    • virtual live performance via Zoom. Please be advised that

      simultaneous live recording of the contestants is required. Said recording is subject to submission to the Competition co-chairs in the event of any unpredictable Wi-Fi and/or Zoom technical issues arising during the live performance.  In order to

      enhance sound quality, it is highly recommended (but not required) that an external microphone (instead of the builtin-in one) be utilized. As in the past, this is an open competition – all contestants, their parents and teachers are invited to watch via Zoom.

      Detailed instructions will be provided to the contestants upon registration.

      Online application will be available mid April, 2021.

      Online application deadline: Monday, May 3, 2021.

      Competition schedule will be emailed to all participating teachers a week prior to May 16 wherein the competition is held.
      Please mail entry fee check (made payable to MTAC-WLA) and proof of age to competition co-chair Louisa Wong at 124 S. Kenter Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90049

      Postmarked deadline is May 4, 2021.

      WINNERSRECITAL will be held virtually on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 2 p.m..

      It will be held the same format as the Competition.

      All prize winners are required to participate in the virtual WinnersRecital.

      Awards will be mailed to winners.


      To encourage the highest level of Chopin piano performance for pre-college (ages 18 and under) students of all MTAC members. This competition is open to ALL MTAC Branches.


      Entrants may choose from any of the solo piano works of Chopin. Entrants may      select one of the following:

      1. One long work in its entirety (with the exception of multi movements works);

      2. One movement or multiple movements from a single sonata. Maximum time allowed is 10 minutes.

      3. A collection of shorter pieces from the Chopin solo piano repertoire. Maximum time allowed is 10 minutes.


      Division I. : age 10* & under

      Entry Fee : $50

      Awards.   : 1st place: $150, 2nd place $100    

      Division II : age 13* & under

      Entry Fee : $60

      Awards    : 1st place: $300, 2nd place $200    

      Division III: age 18* & under & pre-college

      Entry Fee  :  $70

      Awards.     : 1st place: $500, 2nd place $400    

      *Age as of competition day of May 16, 2021.

      Proof-of-age documents: birth certificate, passport, drivers license etc.

      Registration fee is non refundable. Additional $20 late fee incurs per entry past

      application deadline and upon approval of co-chairs.    


      In the event of a tie or ties, scholarship award amounts will be redistributed within the Division in which the tie(s) occurs.

      2021 Competition Rules and Guidelines

      1. Student must currently be studying with a current MTAC teacher member from any branch. Said teacher must be students primary piano instructor for at least six months immediately prior to the Competition.

      2. Each teacher is allowed to enter up to three students in each division.          

      Previous first place winners in Division I  are not legible for Division I.                   Previous first place winners in Division II are not legible for Division II.                 Previous first place winners in Division III are not legible for Division III.

      3. All music must be memorized. Contestants who do not play from memory will be heard by the judges, but are ineligible to be selected as winners.

      4. Contestants must submit a digital copy of the music performed to the competition committee.  

      5. Decisions of the judges are final
      a. Judges are not obligated to select a winner in each division.
      b. Any teacher who at any time contacts a judge regarding this Competition and/or its results may have his/her student disqualified from the Competition.
      c. Any parent who at any time contacts a judge regarding this Competition and/or its results may have his/her child disqualified from the Competition.                            

      6.  The receipt of a submitted MTAC-WLA Online Application Form & Competition Agreement for the Kathryn Gawartin Chopin Piano Competition shall be deemed as an acceptance and agreement of the applicant to the Competition Rules &           Regulations stated above.                                                                                  

      7. In the event of any disputes, claims, questions, or disagreements arising from or relating to the rules and regulations of this Competition or the Competition Agreement, or the breach thereof, MTAC-WLA shall utilize its best effort to settle the disputes, claims, questions, or disagreements.  To this effect, involved parties shall consult and negotiate with each other in good faith, and recognizing their mutual interest, attempt to reach a fair and equitable solution satisfactory to both parties. If the parties do not reach a        solution within a period of sixty (60) days, then upon notice by either party to the other, all disputes, claims, questions, or differences shall be finally settled by an arbitration  administered by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with the provisions of its Commercial Arbitration Rules. Each party to bear its own cost.




May 15, 2022


Dr. Wojciech Kocyan
Louisa Wong


Santa Monica, United States + Google Map
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