Gerald A. Tracy Memorial Piano Competition


In the spring term of each year, the Department of Music holds the Gerald A. Tracy Memorial Piano Competition, in which undergraduate piano students perform and compete for first, second, and third prize awards.

2023 Tracy Piano Competition


Friday, May 19
7:00 p.m.
Sudikoff 045

Masterclass with Shizue Sano

Saturday, May 20
10:00 a.m.
Sudikoff 045


Evan Hirsch
Stephanie Rogers
and special guest judge Shizue Sano


Registration due: April 19
To register, please fill out the form below and send a PDF scan to

2023 Tracy Piano Competition Registration Form

A native of Japan, Shizue Sano received the Bachelor of Music in piano from the prestigious Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo. She came to study at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, and earned the Artist Diploma in piano and the Master of Music in piano. She has participated in numerous national and international competitions. She was the winner of the Simone Belsky Competition, the second prize winner and the Liszt Special Prize recipient at the St.-Nom-la-Bréteche Competition, and the third prize winner of the Japan Music Competition, to list some of her achievements.  Her recordings include Liszt's Sonata and Ravel's Le Tomebeau de Couperin, Chopin's complete Preludes, Ravel's Violin Sonata with Roman Totenberg, and Aaron Copland's unpublished works with Terry King. She was a longtime faculty member at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA, until 2013, and has been teaching in Middlesex for many years. She also has a busy studio in Cambridge with students of all levels and ages, and is active in solo and chamber music performances. Steinway & Sons selected her as a recipient of the Steinway Top Teacher Award in 2022. She also serves as an Executive Board Member of the New England Piano Teachers' Association.