Bach Festival Young Keyboard Artists Competition

Grand Rapids Community College in collaboration with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra and The Grand Rapids Bach Festival is proud to announce the dates of the upcoming Creative Young Keyboard Artists Competition. Please consider entering your students in this competition celebrating the music of one of the most influential composers of all time.

Application Deadline Extended: Entries must be postmarked by Friday, February 3, 2017

Contest date:  Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Grand Rapids Community College

Winners Recital: Tuesday, March 7, 2017- 6:00 at Central Reformed Church, Grand Rapids MI

Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra Concert: Tuesday, March 7, 2017-7:30 at Central Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI


The application form and category requirements can be found in the Documents section on the right hand side of this page.

The Bach Festival is presented biannually, inspiring a multitude of community partnerships and unique performances. Throughout the festival, the Grand Rapids Symphony offers several inspirational events, encouraging patrons to create their own personal dialogue with the music of Bach, the hardworking church musician, talented organist and one of the most influential composers to ever live.

The Bach Festival was first organized in 1997 by mezzo-soprano Linn Maxwell Keller. The one-time event became a biennial community-wide Bach Festival in 2007 with Karl Hochreither, director of the prestigious Bach Choir of Berlin, as its music director. The ninth Grand Rapids Bach Festival presented a weeklong collection of performances in April 2013 with the Grand Rapids Symphony as its leading community partner. Over 20 free and ticketed concerts were performed in traditional, sacred and secular settings across the city.


Join us for the 2017 Grand Rapids Bach Festival presented March 5-11, 2017 at venues through Grand Rapids! Go online at for a full schedule of the 2017 Grand Rapids Bach Festival.


For more information, please contact 


Dr. Debora DeWitt, Associate Professor

Music Department

Grand Rapids Community College

143 Bostwick NE

Grand Rapids MI 49503

Phone: 616-234-4192