AADGT Gillock Competition

dedicated to the 100th Birthday Anniversary of 

William Gillock


William Gillock (1917-1993) called "the Schubert of children’s composers" in tribute to his melodic gift, Gillock composed numerous solos for students of all levels and ensemble music for students and their teachers to play together.


             William Gillock, noted music educator and composer of piano music, was born in LaRussell, Missouri, where he learned to play the piano at an early age. He attended Central Missouri Methodist College, in Fayette, Missouri, where he studied both piano and composition with N. Louise Wright, who recognized his remarkable talent and encouraged him to make music his career. Even the earliest of his compositions show a rare inventiveness and originality of harmony and texture, as well as the Gillock trademark, melodic beauty. Called “the Schubert of children’s composers” in tribute to his melodic gift, Gillock composed numerous solos for students of all levels and ensemble music for students and their teachers to play together. He summed up his guiding compositional principle by saying that “melody and rhythmic vitality are essential to compositions that students want to learn.” This and others of his thoughts were transmitted to thousands of teachers and students through the hundreds of workshops he conducted over the years throughout the U.S. Gillock lived for the first part of his career in New Orleans, where for twenty years he maintained a large teaching studio and was active in musical organizations. He reluctantly gave up private teaching to devote himself completely to composing, conducting workshops, and adjudicating. After moving to the Dallas area, he was the first and only judge for the first twenty-one years of the Junior Pianists’ Guild, which involved over fourteen hundred students. Gillock was honored on five occasions by the National Federation of Music Clubs with the Award of Merit for Service to American Music, and his biography appears in the Dictionary of International Biography-Men of Achievement and in the International Who’s Who of Musicians. Perhaps his greatest honor, though, is the continued and frequent appearance of his pieces on repertoire lists for piano festivals everywhere. His music has recently achieved great popularity in Japan, Germany, and elsewhere abroad. Gillock died in Dallas in September of 1993 after a long illness. – H.D. (Adapted from an article that appeared in the November/December, 1993 issue of Piano Guild Notes. Copyright 1993, Piano Guild Notes and Henry Doskey)

WINNERS WILL BE INVITED  to engage in  AADGT GILLOCK DVD to commemorate piano works of William Gillock with professional video recordings  in NY in March 2018. These recordings  will be also publish  on AADGT website and on  AADGT video channel on YouTube.

The concert date for competition winners will be announced separately.

The application must contain the following:
A) Application Form
Ensembles’ members need to submit a registration form individually.
B) YouTube recordings
C) Application Fee
Application Deadline: January 10, 2018
Applicants will be notified via email of their result no later than February 14, 2018.

YouTube auditions are open to pianists all nationalities and are divided into the age categories between 5 and 26: Group A (Age 5 – 6),  Group B (Age 7 – 8),  Group C (Age 9 – 10),  Group D (Age 11 – 12), Group E (Age 13-14), Group F (Age 14 – 15),  Group G (Age 16 – 18), Group H (Age 18-26).
Recorded performances need be sent as a link to YouTube ( in rare cases can  be mailed as a DVD).


Competition participants need to perform two  pieces by  William Gillock.

VIDEO RECORDS (Submission Quality Guidelines)
• YouTube recording should be fair representations of the Applicant’s abilities.
• The recordings are not required to be of professional quality. 
• All applicants must perform from memory (except Ensemble) and no repeat
• The recording must be clearly labeled with your name.
• The recording must be free of background noise and distortion..

Application Fee: $130
Deadline: January 10, 2018
All fees are not refundable
Mailing checks, money orders 1) Payments by mail need to include: a) Checks (from a US based financial institution) or money orders (international money order)  issued to AADGT. b) A cover letter with the Applicant’s Name, e-mail address and the date on-line application was submitted. Mailing Address AADGT 8 Brookwood Road New Rochelle, NY 10804