Bach/Baroque Festival and Competition
February 29 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm| $20
- Please register at mtfest.com
- 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
|Grades K-4||4 minutes|
|Grades 5-8||7 minutes|
|Grades 9-adult||10 minutes|
|Little Preludes and Two-Part Inventions||4 minutes|
|Three-Part Inventions (Sinfonias), Mvt. from French or English Suite, Partitas||7 minutes|
|Prelude and Fugue||10 minutes|
- 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
- Repertoire: Play 2 memorized pieces. Choose the first piece (by J S Bach) from the following list:
- A Little Prelude (BWV 899-900, 902, 924-928, 930-931, 933-941, 943, 999, 902a). 4 minutes total playing time
- A 2-part Invention. 4 minutes total playing time
- A 3-part Invention (Sinfonia). 7 minutes total playing time
- A movement from a French or English Suite or from a Partita. 7 minutes total playing time
- 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: 2 rounds and an honors recital.
- The first round will be in recital format. Judges will write critiques.
- The second round will be a private audition.
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: recital style, grouped by grade. K – 4, 5 – 8, 9 – adult. Groups can be combined due to low number of participants
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: recital style, grouped by grade. 8 – 10, 11 – 12, adult. Groups can be combined due to low number of participants.
Copyright Release Forms: 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 a 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 but will not be eligible to compete. Copyright Release Form
- Open to pre-college students grades K through 12, and adults
- 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.
Certificate of Participation
All second round performers, whether or not they are chosen to play in the honors recital, will be recognized at the honors recital.
The recital will be Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m. at the Falls Church Episcopal Church, 115 E Fairfax St, Falls Church, VA 22046
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.