The Wideman International Piano Competition, which began in 1950, has been held annually the first weekend of December, at Centenary College-Hurley School of Music. It is under the auspices of the Shreveport Symphony Guild, Inc.
Outstanding pianists from throughout the United States and foreign countries and from major music schools have been attracted to the Competition. Nationally and Internationally known pianists and conductors are chosen to be judges.
Nena Wideman, a former member of the Centenary College piano faculty, was the guiding spirit of the first competition and continued with unwavering enthusiasm until her death in 1983. In 1982, an Endowment was created by the Shreveport Symphony in honor of Mrs. Wideman and established the permanence of this annual event.
Since Mrs. Wideman's death, Dr Lester Senter Wilson has been Executive Director. The late John Shenaut, Conductor Emeritus of the Shreveport Symphony and the late Mrs. Clayton Young have been Co-Chairmen of the Competition.
Tzu-yin Huang, Gold Medalist for the 2016 Wideman International Piano Competition.
In 2016, the judges were
Alon Goldstein, Rockville, MD, Concert Pianist and 1996 Gold Medalist of the Competition
Alfred Mouledous, Dallas, TX, Concert Pianist & Professor of Piano, Southern Methodist University
John Perry, Passadena, CA, Concert Pianist and Professor of Piano in half the best music schools in North America
Jeffrey Rink, Niceville, FL, Music Director and Conductor of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra
Nelita True, Concert Pianist and Professor of Piano at The Eastman School of Music