AMTA Festival

The purpose of this Festival is to provide students with an opportunity to perform contrasting musical works in a closed-audition setting. The festival is open to students of all levels and ages. Participants are required to perform from memory two pieces from any contrasting periods. Students may also choose to perform a single movement from a concerto work. This concerto can be in addition to or instead of the two solo selections. Students will receive commentary and ratings in the areas of musicianship, technique, memory, and poise. All performers must bring an original copy of each musical selection with all measures clearly numbered. There is no limit to the number of student entries a teacher may submit, and there is a $25 non-refundable fee for each student participant. Each participating teacher is expected to work a minimum of two hours during the day of the festival or remit a check for $50 made payable to “AMTA.”



  1. There is no mandatory literature list for this festival. Students are only required to perform two compositions from contrasting musical periods from memory. Students performing a concerto are required to play a single movement from any period of music from memory.

  2. A single movement of a Sonata or Suite will count as a single piece, or several short movements may be grouped to count as a single piece when appropriate. To avoid confusion on the day of the festival, please contact the festival chairperson with questions before the application dead- line.

  3. Works by contemporary composers (e.g., Gillock, Glover, Bastien, Palmer, Faber, Vogt, Snell, etc.) will be considered contemporary regardless of style.

  4. The following composers will not be considered to be contemporary period composers: Grieg, MacDowell, Rachmaninoff, and Saint-Saens.

  5. Refer to The Pianist’s Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature, by Jane Magrath, for period classification of pieces.

  6. All music must be memorized with the exception of a 20th-century piano composition that uses an avant-garde idiom.

  7. Each student must provide the judge with a copy of the music being performing with the measures clearly numbered. Neither the student’s nor the teacher’s names should appear on the score.

  8. Photocopied music is not permitted unless authorized by the publisher; authorization must be presented at time of registration. No transcriptions or arrangements for piano are allowed.

  9. If a teacher has any questions regarding repertoire, the chairperson should be contacted prior to submitting festival applications.

  10. No repertoire change will be permitted after the application deadline unless the chairperson requests a change due to an inappropriate choice.

  1. A student may perform on more than one instrument (provided the different teachers are both members of AMTA) two applications must be submitted and two festival fees must be paid. If a student performs a concerto movement AND two solo works two applications must be submitted and two festival fees must be paid.

  2. Students requiring an accompanist must provide their own on the day of the festival. performing concertos or on other instruments must provide their own accompanist for the festival.

  3. Each student will receive a comment sheet and a certificate of participation, and rating medal. Performances will be rated Gold, Silver, or Bronze. Students may also perform for comments only and forego a rating. Students wishing to perform for comments only need to check the required field of the festival application.

  4. Students will be expected to follow performance etiquette guidelines.

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