Established in 1986, the Terrace Hill Piano Competition is held annually at the Iowa PBS studios in Johnston, Iowa. The Senior competition is always held on the second Saturday in February, and the Junior competition the preceding Friday evening. The dates for 2020 are February 7-8. Visit the official THEMA website for entry requirements and application forms.

Announcements and competition updates are made via e-mail. Piano teachers who wish to be added to the distribution list should contact:

Junior Competition

All entrants must be in grades 9-11. The competition will take place Friday evening, February 7. Applications must be postmarked by January 4, 2020. Two winners will be named, with each receiving a cash prize of seventy-five dollars, courtesy of Des Moines Music Teachers Association, Federated Music Club of Des Moines, and Music Teachers of Central Iowa.

Senior Competition

All entrants must be Iowa high school seniors. The competition will take place on Saturday, February 8, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Applications must be postmarked by January 4, 2020. 


Winner, second-place, and third-place will each be awarded a scholarship over a two-year period to enroll as a piano major or minor at any Iowa college or university, with the winner receiving "The First Family of Iowa Scholarship." Scholarship amounts for 2020 are: Winner, $4,000; second place, $2,000; third place, $1,000. 

Appreciation and thanks is extended to West Music for its annual contribution of $3,000 toward these scholarships. Additional scholarship support is provided by The Rotary Club of Northwest Des Moines. Thank you to Rieman Music for providing the Senior competition warmup piano.

How You Can Help

The Terrace Hill Piano Competition is truly unique. Support exceptional Iowa music students and this outstanding event by contributing to THEMA. 100% of your donation directly supports the scholarships, and all gifts are tax deductible. Please make checks payable to "THEMA" and mail to: 
     Terrace Hill Endowment for the Musical Arts
     2300 Grand Avenue
     Des Moines, IA 50312

2019 THEMA winners:

Junior Division co-winners:
Caleb Ferreira, Kalona
Phoebe Thrall, Waterloo

Senior Division:
There were no Senior entries for the 2019 competition.

Junior Division co-winners:
Yuvia Maldonado, Rockwell
Ana Yam, Ames

Senior Division:
1st Place: Emma Cai, Ames      
2nd Place: Rachel Eckert, Davenport 
3rd Place: Crystal Kimama, Urbandale  

Junior Division co-winners:
Yuvia Maldonado, Rockwell
Ashley Xu, Ames

Senior Division:
1st place: Roberto  Gemignani, Gilbert
2nd place: Shana Liu, Urbandale
3rd place: Carter Nath, Algona            

Junior Division co-winners:
Shana Liu
Chason Yan

Senior Division:
1st place:  Matt Bourland
2nd place:  Mario Jordan
3rd place:  Nicholas Leung

Junior Division co-winners:
Alex Dou, Cedar Falls
Linda Peng, Cedar Falls

Senior Division:
1st Place:  Jacob Miyazaki, West Des Moines
2nd Place:  Craig Jordan, Ames
3rd Place:  Christian Vallery, Hampton


Printed from the Terrace Hill website on January 28, 2020 at 10:23pm.