Honors Division Events – Descriptions and Dates

Honors Division Events – Description and Dates

MTNA Performance Evaluations (Mid-October)

  • open to all ages and levels for solo and duo entries
  • students may play one or two pieces with a time limit depending on age
  • top performers in each category are invited to play at the annual UMTA (Utah Music Teacher’s Association) conference

Junior Festival – Ensemble (November 11-12, 18-19 2016)

  • Open to all students under 19
  • Evaluation-style where students play and are given a rating
  • Duet (one piano-four hands) and duo (two pianos-four hands) are both acceptable
  • Siblings may compete together, but division is determined by the more advanced player

Junior Festival – Solo (February 10-11, 17-18, and 24-25; Honors Recital playoffs March 21 and recital March 25)

  • available to all students under 19
  • Evaluation-style where students play and are given a rating
  • requires two memorized solos in different styles – one choice, one required from the NFMC bulletin
  • Students who qualify may audition for and play in an Honors recital with cash prize
  • Students can also enter the Hymn Festival or American Patriotic and Folk Song Festival

Encore Festival (Jr. Festival February 3-4 2017; Sr. Festival February 24-25 2017; Technique Evaluations January 28 and Theory/Ear Training March 23)

  • divided into Junior and Senior divisions by age (two different weekends)
  • evaluation-style, where students who qualify are invited to perform in an Honors recital
  • requires memorized solos with a time limit

AIM (Mid-Late March 2017 or July for summer testing)

  • administered by the local MTNA chapter
  • evaluation-style, where students who score over 70% receive a medal
  • students are evaluated according to their level (1-10 according to AIM)
  • students can choose from different “clusters” of evaluation, including performance, theory, ear training, sight reading, and technique
  • requires memorized solos in contrasting styles; number of solos depends on level

UVU Rebecca Marriott Competition (Late March 2017)

  • students can participate in evaluations or in competition against other students
  • students are divided into 3 groups by age
  • can play one or two pieces within a given time limit

United States International Duo Piano Competition (Finals January 6-8 2017)

  • competition for duo piano open to all ages
  • held at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO
  • participants submit a CD recording; selected duos are invited to perform at the finals round


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