The Old Time Music Preservation Association will host the 37th annual World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest May 27-29 at the Hotel Pere Marquette.


The Old Time Music Preservation Association will host the 37th annual World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest May 27-29 at the Hotel Pere Marquette.

This year’s competition features a variety of talent, with 26 contestants from across the United States, including one contestant from Germany, competing right here in Peoria.

An assortment of Old-time and Ragtime-style compositions will be played at a remarkable level of performance throughout the weekend.

The New Rag competition begins at 7 p.m. Friday, May 27.  The preliminaries for the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest begin at 9 a.m. May 28, in the hotel’s Cotillion Room. Finals begin at 1 p.m. May 29, in the Marquette Ballroom. 

Tickets are required for all events and are available at the door. Admission for the New Rag competition is $5. Admission is $15 for preliminaries, semi-final and final competitions.

There will be informational workshops held throughout the weekend for the general public to attend. Topics presented at the workshops include Ragtime/Old-time definitions and playing style, specific composers and compositional style. This year, Jeff and Ann Barnhart will present an in-depth workshop explaining artistic accompaniment at 5:30 p.m. May 27. At 9:30 a.m. May 29, the couple will be conducting a Masters class. Admission for each workshop is $3.

World-renowned professional Ragtime pianist, Johnny Maddox, is scheduled to perform a duet with the competition’s three-time reigning national champion Adam Swanson at 8 p.m. May 28, in a performance which promises to be memorable.

For a more complete schedule of events and list of contestants, visit oldtimepiano.com.