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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Bunny Just Piano Festival

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Dale Haefner
Performance Series Director
Minnesota State Mankato
507-389-5549 (Phone)

2016 Bunny Just Piano Festival - February 18 - 21, 2016



Dr. Charles Asche works with a student during the 2012 Festival. Asche is a member of the Piano Faculty at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
The Department of Music announces the Bunny Just Piano Festival taking place February 18 - 21, 2016 at Minnesota State Mankato.


The Bunny Just Piano Festival was created with a dual mission: to provide an outstanding training opportunity for aspiring young pianists and to offer a showcase of piano performances with distinguished artists and promising young talents alike. Participants perform for a world-class instructor in a warm, nurturing, educational environment. The four-day festival is an excellent opportunity for music enthusiasts, teachers, and students to gather and experience fine piano performance.

Three students will be awarded for their efforts. Cash awards are $500 for First Place, $300 for Second Place, and $100 for Third Place. Participants will be judged and rated by this year’s clinician, Dr. Douglas Ashcraft.

Dr. Douglas Ashcraft, clinician and performer

Pianist Douglas Ashcraft has performed to acclaim in recitals and concerts throughout the United States and in Europe. A winner of prizes in many competitions, he began his formal training as a student of AldoMancinelli. Masters and doctoral degrees followed at the University of Southern California where he worked with pianist John Perry. During those summers he participated in classes at the Aspen Music Festival and the Holland Music Sessions in Alkmaar, Netherlands as a student of pianists John O’Conor, Marie Francoise Bucquet, and Gyorgy Sandor. As a result of his participation in the Holland Music Sessions he was invited to perform in a recital at Amsterdam’s famed Concertgebouw..

[PDF] Announcing the 20th Annual Bunny Just Piano Festival. (108 KiB)

[PDF] Choose this link to download the 2016 festival application. (52 KiB)

[PDF] Choose this link to view the 2016 schedule of events. (61 KiB) 

Festival events are made possible by the Bunny Just Piano Festival Endowment.

All events take place in Halling Recital Hall, Earley Center for Performing Arts
Minnesota State Mankato, 320 Maywood Avenue, Mankato.