Classical Festival 2015

Co-Chair: Jan Kravets
Co-Chair: Mary Ann Cummins

Sunday, November 22, 2015
Roth Hall, Crossroads School
1714 21st St., Santa Monica 90404
Recitals will begin at 2:00 PM

The application form and Master Studio List are linked at the end of these guidelines.

POSTMARK Entry Fees & Master Studio List Deadline: November 13, 2015

The Classical Festival is not a competition. Each student participant is presented with a festival certificate.


    • Each teacher is allowed a maximum of 14 minutes of total playing time for all students through CM Level 9 (or equivalent).
    • Teachers with at least one CM Level Advanced (or equivalent) student participating in the Classical Festival are allowed up to a maximum of 19 minutes of total playing time for all students, to accommodate a few longer Advanced Level pieces.
    • Teachers may divide their total allowed time among as many students as they wish, and however they wish, as long as they do not exceed the maximum 14 minutes for all students through CM Level 9 (or the maximum 19 minutes for all students including at least one student in CM Level Advanced.)
    • Repertoire is to be chosen from the Classical period
    • All literature must be original: no arrangements, simplifications, etc.
      Exception: piano reductions of the following are permitted:

      • original orchestral accompaniments for vocal works
      • instrumental (non-piano) works
    • Piano literature may not include concerti.
    • Piano literature may not include two pianos.
    • For a listing of acceptable composers, please check the Classical section of the MTAC Certificate of Meritâ„¢ Syllabus.
    • The following (bridge) composers will be accepted this year: Beethoven, Schubert
    • Please have your TEACHER contact Mary Ann Cummins if you have questions about the appropriateness of any repertoire.
    • Chamber music ensembles (instrumental and/or vocal, with or without piano) are encouraged to apply.
      At least one member of the ensemble must be a student of an MTAC-WLA branch member.
    • Piano duet ensembles (one piano, four hands) must be students only.
    • Piano ensembles may not include two pianos.
    • All ensembles with more than two performers must be students only.
    • Vocal works and instrumental (non-piano) works may be accompanied by a parent, teacher, or other adult.
    • Mandatory Memorization:
      • All piano solo literature must be memorized.
      • All vocal solo literature must be memorized.
      • The vocal part of accompanied literature must be memorized.
    • Optional Memorization:
      • Memorization for instrumental solo literature is optional.
      • Memorization for all chamber music ensembles is optional.
    • Students must have previous performing experience.
    • All performers must stay for the entirety of their assigned recital program.
    • Traditional recital dress code must be followed:
    • Girls:
      • Skirts, dresses, or jumpers must be knee length or longer–no slits, please.
      • Be aware that short tight skirts will hike up when you sit on a piano bench and not contribute toward a professional look.
        Full and/or long skirts or dressy trousers look much more graceful.
      • No T-shirts or spaghetti strap tank tops.
      • Please consider your footwear and your need to pedal.
      • No flip flops, and preferably, no thick soles; dress shoes or well-proportioned sandals are fine.
      • Please no athletic shoes that light up or have wheels!
    • Boys:
      • Shirts with collars, nice slacks.
      • No T-shirts, sweat pants, shorts, or jeans, please.
      • Dress shoes are best but not obligatory, as long as shoes are dark and not distracting.
      • Please no athletic shoes that light up or have wheels!
    • Accurate timings must be provided, and please no repeats!
    • Entry fee per student performing solo literature: $18
    • Entry fee per vocal or instrumental (non-piano) student performing with a parent, teacher, or other adult as an accompanist: $18
    • Entry fee per chamber music ensemble (students only): $25
    • Entry fees must be paid with a single check drawn from the teacher’s bank account, for that teacher’s TOTAL entry fees, made payable to MTAC-WLA.
    • Entry fees check must be accompanied by the MTACWLA Gen Master Studio List (click on title to download) and POSTMARKED by November 13 to Jan Kravets.
    • For application: click here