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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. You do not need to mail anything to the Chair. No late applications will be accepted. All fees are non-refundable
  3. Non-NVMTA members have to pay the $50 fee (per student per event) plus registration fee.

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.
  • Adults: memory optional

Competition

Piano:

  • Format: In-person, 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.
  • 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.
    6. 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.
    7. In category 5, no additional piece is needed.

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.

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.

Copyright Release Forms: NVMTA supports the use of published musical scores. It is the teacher’s responsibility to make sure the scores are in public domain if photocopies are provided.

Eligibility

Festival

  • The festival will be held in-person at Columbia Baptist Church located at 103 W. Columbia Street, Falls Church, 22046.
  • Open to pre-college students grades K through 12, and adults.

Competition

  • The competition will be held in-person at Columbia Baptist Church located at 103 W. Columbia Street, Falls Church, 22046.
  • 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 and Competition

Certificate of Participation

Trophies awarded at the 3rd year of participation. Concert tickets awarded at the 6th and 9th of years of participation

Honors Recital

All second round performers, whether or not they are chosen to play in the Honors Recital, will be recognized at the Honors Recital. A select number of students from the second round will be chosen to perform in the Honors Recital on Saturday, February 25 at 2:00pm at Columbia Baptist Church.

Student Guidelines

Masks: the church requires all those in the building to wear masks at all times.

Students should check-in at the front desk 15 minutes before their performance time. Check-in desk is in the lobby directly in front of the only entrance door to the church.

Each student may be accompanied by only 1 parent.

Teacher Guidelines

Masks: the church requires all those in the building to wear masks at all times.

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 working in person should check-in 15 minutes before their judging assignment at the same desk.

Teachers must agree to abide by the Teacher Responsibilities.

If a participating teacher needs to hire a substitute, they must inform the chairman no later than two weeks prior to the event or by February 4, 2023. The substitute must be approved by the chair. The check for the substitute’s fee should be made out to NVMTA and must arrive at chair’s address prior to date of event, February 18, 2023. In case of an emergency, the teacher is still responsible to pay for a substitute for their work obligation.

All teachers will be notified regarding which students are chosen to play in the Honors Recitals.

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