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Application Requirements

  1. Please register at new.mtfest.com
  2. Pay fee online through new.mtfest.com. 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. No late applications will be accepted.  All fees are non-refundable.
  3. The teacher will receive a information after the registration deadline.

Levels and Time Limits

LevelGradeTime Limit
Level 1Grades 2-46 Minutes
Level 2Grades 5-67 Minutes
Level 3Grades 7-811 Minutes
Level 4Grades 9-1013 Minutes
Level 5Grades 11-1220 Minutes

Repertoire Requirements

No Arrangements.  All music must be performed from memory.

Level 1-4.  Three pieces representing three of the following five periods:  Baroque, Classical, Romantic, impressionistic, Contemporary.

Level 5.  Four works:  1.) A piece from the Baroque period*; 2.) A sonata movement by Haydn, Clementi, Mozart, Beethoven or early Schubert; 3) A piece from the Romantic or the Impressionistic period; 4) A contemporary piece.

The style period for a given composer will be defined by the MTNA Composer Classifications.  Any composer with two classifications should be classified according to the qualities of the particular work.  Additional composers not included in the MTNA Composer Classification List will be classified as follows for NVMTA Achievement Awards from the following list:  Composer PAA.  Please email the chair with any questions regarding composer classification.  The diversity in style of repertoire is an important consideration and students must present a diverse program for the competition.

*If playing a work from the Well-Tempered Clavier, the Prelude and Fugue shall be considered one piece, and both must be performed.

Eligibility

All students are required to participate at their current grade level.  Previous first-place winners may not compete again at the same level and must wait until they are eligible for the next level.  Students who are not present and ready to perform at their assigned time may play for comments only and only if time permits.  Either the teacher or student must live in Northern Virginia or the lessons must be taught in Northern Virginia.

Teacher Guidelines:

No repertoire changes may be made after the registration deadline.

Please provide one published score for the judges with all measures numbered; the score must not bear the student’s or teacher’s name.  Participating teachers are expected to assist the chair as needed based on the number of students enrolled, regardless of subsequent student withdrawals.  Teachers must agree to abide by the Rules for Competitive Events.

If it is determined this event must be held virtually, please see the below information regarding video submission:

Video Guidelines

Students should submit separate video files for each period/category work. All video recordings must be unedited.  If a work has multiple movements, it should be recorded in one unedited stream.   For example, Schumann “Papillons” (Romantic period/category) has multiple movements and should be recorded as one unedited stream.

Students in Level 1-4 should therefore submit 3 separate files, one for each category/period.  Students in Level 5 should submit 4 separate files.   Please label the files with the composer’s name.  Do not include any student, teacher, or family names in the video recording or labeling.  

While it is not required, we recommend students dress as though they are competing in an actual live competition. Here are some other helpful guidelines on the actual video recording:

Suggestions for a good quality video:

  1. The camera has to be directed to the performer and their hands.  Video angle must show that no music is being used.  No music should be placed on the piano.
  2. Do not use the digital zoom. Put the video recording device at a shorter distance.
  3. If you are recording using a mobile device (phone, tablet. . .), place it only in a horizontal position.
  4. Try to avoid unwanted noise during recording (the sounds behind the scenes etc.)
  5. Do not put the artist in front of a bright light source (such as a window)
  6. Do not use optical effects (sepia, fast shooting, black/white photo etc.)
  7. You may use an external microphone (wireless microphone, stereo microphone)

Awards

Level1st2nd3rd
Level 1$30$20$10
Level 2$50$25$15
Level 3$200$100$50
Level 4$300$150$75
Level 5$500$250$125