Application Requirements

1. Please register at
2. Pay fee online through  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.

Time Limits

Time limits are determined by age on date of the recital and are strictly observed:
12 and under – 6 minutes
13 and older – 8 minutes

Repertoire Requirements

Any repertoire that fits the time limit is acceptable – students who choose to perform pieces which exceed the time limit will be stopped without bias.  Piano soloists must play from memory.  Other performers may use a score.  All students must provide a score at the recital for the judges.

NVMTA supports the use of published musical scores.  If a photocopy must be used, the NVMTA Photocopy 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 Photocopy Release Form by this deadline may play for comments but will not be eligible to compete.

Honors Recital repertoire need not be the same as that played in the Judged Recital, but is also limited to 6 or 8 minutes, depending upon the age of the performer.


Students must be taught lessons in person in Northern Virginia.


Students chosen for honors in the October through January Judged Recitals will play at the Honors Recital in February; students chosen in the February through April Judged Recitals will play at the Honors Recital on May.  Teachers should register on mtfest prior to the registration deadline for the Honor’s Recitals.

Teacher Guidelines

Depending on enrollment, there will be two, three or four recitals on each date.  Recitals will begin at 1:45 or 2:00 p.m. depending on the number of registrants.  Be sure to double check you starting time. The 12 and under group(s) will begin first.  The 13 and older groups will follow.  Students must be prepared to play on any of the day’s recitals for their age group.

Teacher may submit up to three applications per recital date.  If there are more applicants than available recital time, preference will be given to students who have not been selected for Honors in the current or the prior school year.  When the programs have been assembled, schedule information will be e-mailed to teachers.  Students selected for Honors will be ineligible for further awards during the current school year.  However, such students are  welcomed to perform for comments.  In addition, all piano students may be considered for inclusion in the Young Artist Musicales, regardless of their award history.

Students should arrive at least 10 minutes before the beginning of the recital, and they must remain for the entire recital.  Students who arrive after the welcome announcement may play for comments only; they will not be eligible for honors.

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. The Chair has no obligation to respond to parent or student inquiries.

Please refer to this link for teacher responsibilities:

Teachers who enter 3 or more students/year will be asked to monitor one recital day or find a qualified substitute.

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

Chair:  Cora Lee Khambatta

Co:Chair:  Darya Gabay