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Achievement Awards: Strings will be an online event.

Application Requirements

  1. Please register at new.mtfest.com. Application deadline is May 15, 2021.
  2. Pay fee online through 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.  You do not need to mail anything to the Chair.  No late applications will be accepted.  All fees are non-refundable.
  3.  Video submission deadline (11:59 p.m. on May 26, 2021).  Teachers will receive a link after the registration deadline which will be used for the video submission.
  4. Results will be announced June 15, 2021.

Video Information

Video recordings (audio only not acceptable) must be genuinely performed by applicants and may not be edited, nor should any effects be added.  You will not be penalized for the quality of your video, although it is important that it is good enough to see and hear clearly.

Videos should be available for watching online.  Download links won’t be accepted.

If you submit YouTube links, be sure your videos have the proper settings:  VIDEO MANAGER, videos, Basic Info, from the drop-down menu, please choose “Public” or “Unlisted” instead of Private.

Videos should be recorded no more than 1 month before the date of your submission.  To verify this, applicants should say the date of recording the video in the beginning of the performances.  Applicants, however, shouldn’t mention their names in the recording.  Please submit two pieces on one continuous video with a 10-15 second break in-between the two pieces.  Applicants may make their own cuts to fit the time limit.  Exception for this year: You can play the piece with or without piano accompaniment.

Applicants may make their own cuts to fit the time limit.  Students will be stopped at the end of the time limit and should plan their cuts so that a substantial portion of each piece is heard by the judges.

Teachers collect their students’ video links (One link per student) and send one email per studio of the links to the chair & co-chairs.  Please check the links and make sure they are working properly.  If the links do not work then the student is disqualified.

Levels and Times

The competition has two divisions: Violin and Lower Strings (Viola, Violoncello, String Bass, Guitar & Harp)

LevelGradeTime Limit
ElementaryGrades 6 & Under6 Minutes
IntermediateGrades 7-98 Minutes
SeniorGrades 10-1212 Minutes

Repertoire Requirements

Two works of appropriate difficulty representing different periods of music and contrasting in style and/or tempo. Music must be performed from memory.

Here is a list of repertoire used in 2014 which you may  download  as a spreadsheet for your reference:  Repertoire for Strings Achievement Awards 2014


Open to violin, viola, violoncello, string bass, guitar, and harp students.  Previous first-place winners may not compete again in the same level, but may compete in a higher level.   Students must be taught lessons in person in Northern Virginia.

Teacher Guidelines

If there are any time restrictions that need to be considered in scheduling, indicate this on the application.

The student must provide an accompanist if needed.

Please provide one published score with all measures numbered, and which 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 as well as the Teacher Responsibilities.

Any teacher who fails to carry out the assigned duties and who has not provided a substitute approved by the chairman may not enter students in that event in the following year. All parent or student questions about an event should be handled by the teacher. Teachers should never give parents or students the phone numbers or e-mail addresses of chairmen. Chairmen have no obligation to respond to parent or student inquiries.

The final decision on scheduling and related aspects of each event rests with the chairman.


“The prize awards have been sponsored generously by the Day Violins” and accompanied with a link to their website, https://dayviolins.com/

In each division (Violin & Lower Strings):


Note: This competition is named in memory of Caurine Colburn Easterling (1904-1989) who was a cellist with the Arlington Symphony, a devoted teacher and cherished friend, and founding chairman of this competition.