Bernice Jones Piano Festival

An MVMTA sponsored event!

The Bernice Jones Piano Festival for students in grades 6-12 is held at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, in the spring. This festival was named after Bernice Jones, a long-time Mankato area resident, pianist and supporter of the musical arts.

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Festival Details

Date of Festival
Saturday, March 27, 2021
8:00 am. to 2:00 p.m.

Date of Honors Recital
Sunday, March 28, 2021
2:30 p.m.

Location of Festival & Honors Recital

Gustavus Adolphus College
in St. Peter, Minnesota

The Application Fee
is $20 per student.

This fee covers the cost of student participation in the festival. A free noon luncheon is also provided for the students and their guests.

Applications must be
submitted or postmarked by February 12, 2021

and should be sent to:
Janice Rauh (Festival Chair)
402 1st Avenue NW
Arlington MN 55307

Download the Bernice Jones Application in the link below!

Teachers must be members of MVMTA for their students to participate.

Teachers may join MVMTA at any time prior to the Bernice Jones Festival.

This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council with funds appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature from its general fund.

Rules and Repertoire Requirements

The competition is open to all pianists in grades 6 through 12.

  • Each student must play 2 (two) memorized pieces.
  • Pieces must be from two different musical eras.  Choose from Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic and 20th-21st Century.
  • Choose from all standard piano literature. Arrangements, transcriptions and “pop” music are not allowed. All pieces must have been written expressly for the piano and must be performed in their original, unaltered and unabridged version.
  • The two pieces performed must be of approximate equal difficulty.
  • 6th-10th grade participants – length of both pieces together should not exceed 10 minutes.
  • 11th-12th grade participants – length of both pieces together should not exceed 12 minutes.
  • The participant must provide an original score of each piece for the judge.

How Does the Festival Work?

All students in a particular grade will perform for a single judge.  That judge will choose winners – 1st place, 2nd place and one or more honorable mentions.  All winners are requested to perform one of their pieces on the Honors Recital the following day.

Each grade (6th through 12th) is judged separately.

All participants will perform for the judges between 8:00 am and Noon on the day of the Festival.

While the judges’ scores are being tabulated, a free sandwich and salad luncheon will be served to everyone in attendance.

The awards ceremony follows the luncheon at which time all winners will be announced and awards presented.


Winners receive cash awards and all participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

The performance scores will be combined from year to year (max 10 points per year) and participation medals and trophies are awarded to students as they reach certain point levels.  These medals and trophies are completely separate from the cash awards described above.  You need never win a 1st, 2nd or Honorable Mention to receive these participation awards.

6th + 7th Grade

1st Place


2nd Place


Honorable Mention


8th + 9th Grade

1st Place


2nd Place


Honorable Mention


10th + 11th Grade

1st Place


2nd Place


Honorable Mention


12th Grade

1st Place


2nd Place


Honorable Mention



Contact our Festival Committee Chair, Janice Rauh, for more details.

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