The schedule for 2023 Satori Summer Music Festival is located at:



Dear Satori Community,

We will once again be hosting the event at Azusa Pacific University.

Event Date:

The competition will take place over four days rather than two.  Piano will be hosted on July 8th and 9th, and Strings will be on July 15th and 16th 2023.

Day 1 (Saturday July 8th, 2023) will be all Open and Prodigy categories of Piano.

Day 2 (Sunday July 9th, 2023) will be all Qualified categories and Grand Prize Contest of Piano.

More information can be found in the link below:


Day 3 (Saturday July 15th, 2023) will be all Open and Prodigy categories of Strings.

Day 4 (Sunday July 16th, 2023) will be all Qualified categories and Grand Prize Contest of Strings.

More information for Strings can be found in the link below:

Grand Prize:

Grand prize contestants will be chosen from the open and prodigy categories. Eligible candidates will be able to register on site.
If you qualified for the grant prize competition and choose to participate, please go to our reception desk and register after receiving the results.


The tentative schedule of the grand prize  will be: (Piano on July 9th and String on July 16th).

Category I: Age groups 9 and under 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Category II: Age groups 10-12  10:15 am – 11:45 pm

Category III: Age groups 14-16 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Category IV: Age groups 16-19 2:45 pm – 4:30 pm



Registration will open on April 21st  and close on May 23st , 2023. You won’t need to have decided on your performance piece at the time of registration.

Important Policy Change:

Beginning this year, each contestant will be allowed to ONLY register for up to 2 solo categories per instrument.


We (Satori CM) believe judging is not only about skill evaluation but also, more importantly, about providing positive feedback, constructive criticism, and encouragement.

In alignment with our beliefs, we have drafted new guidelines and codes of conduct for our judges. This is to ensure standardization of the judging process.

We will also be modifying the review process of Judge selection to be more rigorous, stringent, and comprehensive. This is to ensure all that all judges possess the necessary credentials and are highly qualified from both a teaching and judging perspective.

Results Distribution

The results for a category’s age group will be announced one hour after that group is done. The trophy and commenting sheets will be handed out at the same time.

This was our most significant shortcoming in last year’s event, and it resulted in  a long delay. We have holistically reviewed our competition procedure and have devised the following solutions.

As earlier mentioned, we have extended the competition to take place over 4 days. By doubling the competition period and dispersing the competitors more widely, we believe we will be able to ensure that our staff aren’t overwhelmed. In addition, we will implement multi-level review processes with clear chains of command to limit mistakes and guarantee accountability. Furthermore, we have drafted plans to provide more detailed training to our staff and volunteers.  We dedicate all these changes to YOU, the Satori Community, so that we can try our best to provide YOU with a hassle-free process and punctual results.

Please be on the lookout for additional updates in the coming weeks. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at:
Tel: (626) 446-4638; Fax: (626) 446-0698
Festival staff will answer as soon as we are able.