All instructions, rules and regulations for the International Keyboard Odyssiad® Competition are located on this website. Go to the ODYSSIAD COMPETITION drop-down menu for specific information on LIVE/ONLINE Preliminary Rounds and live Semifinal and Final Rounds for both Solo and Concerto Divisions.

SPECIAL REGISTRATION NOTICE: IKOF has added another feature to assist pianists entering the competition for 2018. All applicants for live rounds in Miami (June 1), or Dallas/Fort Worth (June 8-9), and online (June 15) may take advantage of a special pricing offer. Register now for the Preliminary Round of Competition for $100 for solo, $100 for Concerto, or $150 for BOTH Solo and Concerto divisions in your appropriate age category. Once notified of acceptance to Semifinal Rounds, you may then register for the Festival for $200. Host families are available for contestants for the entire week of IKOF, with first preference given to those who register for the Festival. While there are a limited number of host families, IKOF has been able to accommodate all contestants in previous years, but we operate of a first-come, first served basis for assigning host families.

LIVE Preliminary Rounds of the International Keyboard Odyssiad® Competition will take place in Miami, Florida, on Friday, June 1, and in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas on Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9; and in several cities in China. Deadline for all LIVE Preliminary Round applications is May 15, 2018. ONLINE Preliminary Round applications can also be submitted through this IKOF website. Preliminary Round online application materials must be submitted by June 15, 2018. The Semifinal and Final Rounds of the Competition will take place July 31 – August 4, 2018, during the five-day International Keyboard Odyssiad® Festival at the University Center for the Arts at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.


All pianists who want to enter the Odyssiad® competition in 2018 can register online later for the Odyssiad® Festival after the completion of the Preliminary Rounds and notification of the Semifinal Rounds..  Fees have been modified to allow for greater access to both the festival and competition. Those who wish to attend the festival only and not enter the competition may register online for “Festival Only.”

Private lessons with select Guest Artists will be offered during the Festival. Lessons are not required, but are optional, and can be arranged between the artist and the individual student for $100 per hour, cash or check only. Times available for lessons will be posted at the Registration Table beginning Monday, July 30, and throughout the Festival.


The International Keyboard Odyssiad® Competition Solo Division is open to four age groups: Level A (13 and under), Level B (14-18), Level C (19-23), and Level D (24–35). Age is determined by competitor’s age as of June 15, 2018.

Repertoire requirement: Free choice of solo piano repertoire (2-3 pieces) selected from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or 20th-21st century stylistic periods. Because different judges are used for each round, the same repertoire may be used for each progressive round. If the Odyssiad® Competition participant wants to change the repertoire in any round, the changes must be noted in the application where the Preliminary Round repertoire is listed. Any repertoire listings for any round may not be changed after June 15, 2018.

Time Limits for Solo Divisions:

Level A (13 and under) – minimum of 10 minutes, maximum of 12 minutes

Level B (14-18) – minimum of 12 minutes, maximum of 15 minutes

Level C (19-23) – minimum of 15 minutes, maximum of 20 minutes

Level D (24–35) – minimum of 15 minutes, maximum of 20 minutes


The Odyssiad® Competition Concerto Division is open to all ages 35 and under. Age is determined by competitor’s age as of June 15, 2018. One winner will be chosen to perform a complete concerto from the standard repertoire with the Boulder Symphony in Boulder, Colorado during the 2018-2019 season series, Devin Patrick Hughes, conductor.

Repertoire requirement: A complete concerto from the standard repertoire with second piano.  Concerto Division competitors must provide their own accompanists for Preliminary Rounds but may request the Official Staff Accompanist if selected for the Semifinal and Final Rounds in Fort Collins.

Time Limit: Odyssiad® Competition participants must be prepared to perform the entire concerto; however, judges will limit performance time to 25 minutes for the Preliminary and Semifinal Rounds, and allow the full concerto for the Final Round.