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Bach/Baroque will be a virtual event for 2021.  Teachers will receive a form shortly after the registration deadline which they will forward to their students.  The students will submit their unlisted youtube video on the form by the event deadline.  More details to come.

Application Requirements

  1. Please register at mtfest.com
  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

Levels and Time Limits

Festival
Grades K-44 minutes
Grades 5-87 minutes
Grades 9-adult10 minutes
Competition
Little Preludes and Two-Part Inventions4 minutes
Three-Part Inventions (Sinfonias), Mvt. from French or English Suite, Partitas7 minutes
Prelude and Fugue10 minutes

Repertoire Requirements

Festival

  • Repertoire: Play 2 memorized pieces, one by J. S. Bach and a second piece by J. S. Bach or another Baroque composer.  Any piece with a BWV number, including all pieces in the Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook, is acceptable as the first piece.
  • Format: recital style, grouped by grade. K – 4,  5 – 8,  9 – adult
  • Adults:  memory optional

Competition

Piano:

  • Repertoire: Play 2 memorized pieces. Choose the first piece (by J S Bach) from the following list:
    1. A Little Prelude (BWV 899-900, 902, 924-928, 930-931, 933-941, 943, 999, 902a). 4 minutes total playing time
    2. A 2-part Invention. 4 minutes total playing time
    3.  A 3-part Invention (Sinfonia). 7 minutes total playing time
    4. A movement from a French or English Suite or from a Partita. 7 minutes total playing time
    5. One Prelude and Fugue set (both with the same BWV number) from either volume of WTC. 10 minutes total playing time
  • In categories 1 through 4, the second piece may be by any Baroque composer or by JS Bach, except for pieces from the Anna Magdalena Bach collection.
  • In category 5, no additional piece is needed.
  • Format: Students submit video that will be reviewed by judges who will write a critique. Students with worthy performances who might otherwise have been advanced to the Second Round will be acknowledged by the First Round judges and awarded the Second Round ribbon.

Strings:

  • Open to pre-college students grades K through 12, and adults

  • Repertoire: Play 2 memorized pieces, one by J. S. Bach and a second piece by J. S. Bach or another Baroque composer. Published arrangements from Suzuki books or other anthologies are accepted.

  • Format: Students submit video that will be reviewed by judges who will write a critique. Students with worthy performances who might otherwise have been advanced to the Second Round will be acknowledged by the First Round judges and awarded the Second Round ribbon.

Voice:

  • Open to pre-college students grades 9 through 12, and adults

  • Repertoire: Sing 2 memorized arias, one by J. S. Bach and a second piece by J. S. Bach or another Baroque composer. Any piece with a BWV number, such as aria from mass and Magnificat (BWV 232–243) or aria from Passions and Oratorios (BWV 232–243) accepted. For second piece, aria in Italian, German, English or French from standard Baroque repertoire is accepted.

  • Format: Students submit video that will be reviewed by judges who will write a critique. Students with worthy performances who might otherwise have been advanced to the Second Round will be acknowledged by the First Round judges and awarded the Second Round ribbon.

Eligibility

Festival

  • Open to pre-college students grades K through 12, and adults

Competition

  • Open to pre-college students grades K through 12.
  • A student who is chosen for the Honor’s Recital one year, cannot participate in the Competition the next year. The student can participate in the Festival and then return to the competition the following year.

Awards

Festival

Certificate of Participation

Students earn points based on judges rating. Superior – 5, Excellent – 4, Very Good – 3, Good – 2, Fair – 1
Trophies awarded at the 15, 30 and 45 point levels.

Competition

Students with worthy performances who might otherwise have been advanced to the Second Round will be acknowledged by the First Round judges and awarded the Second Round ribbon.

Teacher Guidelines

Teachers who enroll 1 to 10 students are obligated to judge for 3  hours; teachers who enroll 11 or more students are obligated to judge for 6  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 mtfest.com 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.

If a participating teacher needs to hire a substitute, they must inform the chairman no later than two weeks prior to the event.

Please let the chairman know if you are willing to work extra hours as a judge at the rate of $60/hour.

Judging Workshop notes