Plans for the annual Edward E. Montgomery Jr. Piano Competition to be held April 2, are underway. This will be the 29th competition which was established in 1987 by The Montgomery Foundation to honor the wishes of Edward E. Montgomery Jr. The participants perform on his piano that currently rests in the founder's gallery in the visitor center at Historic Roscoe Village.

The senior division competition is open to participants residing in Coshocton County grades nine through 12. Junior division format includes participants in grades seven to nine. Ninth graders have their choice of division to compete. The winner of the senior division will receive a $1,000 cash prize while the junior division will be awarded a $250 cash prize. In the elder division participants compete with a memorized selection from the current OMEA Class A list. The junior division will require competitors to perform a selection from OMEA Class C list and memorization is also a requirement.

Any person who provides piano instruction to an individual who resides in Coshocton County or a prospective competitor is encouraged to contact The Montgomery Foundation Office at 365 N. Whitewoman St. or 740-622-2696 for further information. Application forms and guidelines are now available with local piano teachers and school district administration offices.

The April 2 competition will begin at 7 p.m. at the Triple Locks Theatre. The public is invited to attend.