Online pre-recorded performances will be accepted through May 24. Registered participating teachers will receive detailed submission instructions regarding student submissions and teacher work hours.


Registration Deadline:  Friday, April 24, 2020
All fees are paid online through by this date.

Video Submission Deadline: Sunday, May 24, 2020
Submission instructions will be sent to all registered teachers.


$21.00.  All fees are nonrefundable.


  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.


Tasha Locke


Dominique Shim,  Lai-Lan Ko


Elementary, e.g., simple Sonatinas = 4 minutes

Intermediate, e.g., Clementi/Kuhlau Sonatinas = 7 minutes

Advanced, e.g., Beethoven/Mozart/Haydn Sonatas =10 minutes


Sonata/Sonatina movements may be by the same composer or by different composers. Students must enter two contrasting movements: EITHER contrasting tempos (i.e. one slow, one fast) OR contrasting time periods (Baroque/Classical/Romantic/Contemporary). For purposes of this event, Allegretto is considered “fast”. Please note that students will be stopped at the time limit (i.e. judges will stop listening to the submitted recording) 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.

All music must be performed from memory.  


For solo piano 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.


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 chair.

Teachers must agree to abide by the Teacher Responsibilities.


Each participant receives a trophy. Trophies get larger with each year of participation. There will be no Honors Recital in 2020. 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 red ribbon along with their trophy.