Sonata Festival

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Sonata Festival2018-11-07T11:58:20+00:00

Sunday, May Sunday, May 19, 2019, ALL DAY, George Mason University
Sunday, May 26, 2019, 2:00-3:30 pm and 4:00-5:30 pm, the Julie and David Slingerland Honors Recital, George Mason University

Registration Deadline:  Thursday, April 18, 2019
All fees are paid online through by this date.

$21.00.  All fees are nonrefundable.

1.  Please register at

2.  Pay fee online through Click on Billing, then click on the $ next to the event. Pay with Visa or Mastercard. After payment is made, you may print a copy of the invoice for your records. You do not need to mail anything to the Chair.

Tasha Locke

Dominique Shim,  Lai-lan Ko

Elementary, e.g., simple Sonatinas = 4 minutes
Intermediate, e.g., Clementi/Kuhlau Sonatinas = 7 minutes
Advanced, e.g., Beethoven/Mozart/Haydn Sonatas =10 minutes

Sonata/Sonatina movements may be by the same composer or by different composers. Students should prepare movements in two contrasting moods or tempi (i.e., one slow, one fast).  For purposes of this event, Allegretto is considered “fast”.  Please note that students will be stopped at the time limit and should plan any cuts so that a substantial portion of both movements is heard by the judges.

Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata, for example, movements 2 and 3 would not qualify due to similar tempi. In a two-movement Sonata/Sonatina, however, movements with similar tempi are acceptable. Teachers must indicate in their application that the entrant’s repertoire is a “two movement sonata or sonatina”. A Minuet is acceptable if it is a movement of a sonata and if it has a contrasting tempo and style from the other movement that is selected (i.e., one Allegretto, one Adagio). A Theme and Variations movement is not acceptable for this festival.

Here is a list of repertoire used in 2014 which you may view online: Sonata Festival Repertoire or download  as a spreadsheet for your reference:  Repertoire for Sonata Festival 2014

All music must be performed from memory.  NVMTA supports the use of published musical scores. If a photocopy must be used, the NVMTA Copyright Release Form, signed by a parent or teacher, must be submitted to the chairman by email or postmarked at least one week prior to the event. Please submit this form also for music purchased or downloaded from the internet. Students using photocopies (or anything resembling a photocopy), either for themselves or the judges without having provided the Copyright Release Form by this deadline, may play for comments only.

For solo instruments only —no piano duets.  Any student wishing to carry over participating years from previous Sonata/Sonatina Festivals may do so.   Students must be taught lessons in person in Northern Virginia.

In order for students to advance to the next round of judging, a checkmark from one of the judges in the first round will be required. The judges of the second round will determine the students selected for the Honors Recital.

Teachers who enroll 1 to 10 students are obligated to judge for 3 to 4 hours; teachers who enroll 11 to 20 students are obligated to judge for 6 to 8 hours.  Teachers must be available to help in other capacities at the discretion of the chairman.

Teachers must agree to abide by the Teacher Responsibilities.

Students must bring 2 rating sheets downloaded from which are available after the schedule is published.  Students must provide one copy of the published score with all  measures numbered, and which must not bear the student’s or teacher’s name.  The festival is audition format and is not open to the public.

Each participant receives a trophy. Trophies get larger with each year of participation. Students chosen for the Honors Recital will perform at the Julie and David Slingerland Honors Recital at the Harris Theater, George Mason University. Each honors student will receive a blue ribbon and an honors certificate.