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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 Requirements

LevelRepertoire (examples)Time Limit
ElementarySimple Sonatinas4 minutes
IntermediateClementi, Kuhlau Sonatinas7 minutes
AdvancedBeethoven, Mozart, Haydn Sonatas10 minutes

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Repertoire Requirements

Sonata/Sonatina movements may be by the same composer or by different composers. Students must enter two contrasting movements:  EITHER contrasting tempos (slow/fast) OR contrasting time periods (Baroque/Classical/Romantic/Contemporary).  Please note that students will be stopped at the time limit and should plan any cuts so that a substantial portion of both movements is heard by the judges.

Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata, for example, movements 2 and 3 would not qualify due to similar tempi. In a two-movement Sonata/Sonatina, however, movements with similar tempi are acceptable. Teachers must indicate in their application that the entrant’s repertoire is a “two movement sonata or sonatina”. A Minuet is acceptable if it is a movement of a sonata and if it has a contrasting tempo and style from the other movement that is selected (i.e., one Allegretto, one Adagio). A Theme and Variations movement is not acceptable for this festival.

Here is a list of repertoire used in the past which you may view online.  Please note that times and levels reflect individual teacher/student preferences and abilities and are listed only as a helpful reference point.

Sonata Festival Repertoire Ideas.

All music must be performed from memory.  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 one 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 only.


For solo instruments only —no piano duets.  Any student wishing to carry over participating years from previous Sonata/Sonatina Festivals may do so.   Students must be taught lessons in person in Northern Virginia.


In order for students to advance to the next round of judging, a checkmark from one of the judges in the first round will be required. The judges of the second round will determine the students selected for the Honors Recital.

Each participant receives a trophy. Trophies get larger with each year of participation. Students chosen for the Honors Recital will perform at the Julie and David Slingerland Honors Recital at the Harris Theater, George Mason University (Sunday, May 26, 2019, 2:00-3:30 p.m., 4:00-5:30 p.m., and 6:00-7:30 p.m.). Each honors student will receive a blue ribbon and an honors certificate.

Teacher Guidelines

Teachers who enroll 1 to 10 students are obligated to judge for 3 to 4 hours; teachers who enroll 11 to 20 students are obligated to judge for 6 to 8 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.  The festival is audition format and is not open to the public.  Video and audio recording is not allowed.