Sonatina & Sonata Festival

The purpose of the Sonatina & Sonata Festival is to provide students an opportunity to perform for feedback in a public recital format. Founded in 2003, this annual festival is open to students of all levels and ages, and participants are required to perform from memory any single movement of a work entitled “Sonatina” or “Sonata”. All performers must bring an original copy of the music with all measures clearly numbered. Each student receives a comment sheet, certificate, and medal (if applicable) that is given to their AMTA teacher at the conclusion of the festival. There is no limit to the number of student entries a teacher may submit. 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. One movement from a work titled “Sonatina” or “Sonata” must be performed from memory. The sonatina or sonata work may come from any musical period. Works selected from larger sonatina or sonata album collections that are not sonatinas or sonatas do not qualify for this festival.

  2. Each student must provide the judge with an original purchased print of the music being performed with each measure clearly numbered. Neither the student’s nor the teacher’s names may appear on the score.

  3. A student may perform on more than one instrument, provided the different teachers are both members of AMTA. If a student performs on more than one instrument, two applications must be submitted and two festival fees must be paid.

  4. No photocopied music is allowed unless authorized by the publisher; authorization must be presented at time of registration. No transcriptions or arrangements for piano are allowed. 

  1. If a teacher has any questions regarding repertoire, he should contact the chairperson prior to submitting the festival applications.

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

  3. Students will receive a comment sheet, a certificate of participation, and an award metal (if applicable). 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. No award metals will be given out for comments only students.

  4. This event will be an open forum festival in a recital hall setting.

  5. Students will be expected to follow performance etiquette guidelines as stated in the yearbook (see AMTA Events.) 

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