Branch Program Event Listings
provides a warm and informal setting in which adult students may become acquainted and gain confidence by performing for their peers and teachers.
Alice Frazier Kitchen Memorial Scholarship Competition
provides gifted and talented students (all instruments and voice) of MTAC-WLA Active Teacher members an opportunity to compete for scholarship awards. Winners are presented in recital at the MTAC-WLA June General Meeting.
Bach Festival (Branch)
The Southern California Junior Bach Festival (www.scjbf.org) provides
students an opportunity to perform works from the Baroque period in
an adjudicated formal setting. A maximum of 35 percent of students who
perform works by J.S. Bach (with the exception of Anna Magdalena
Bach Notebook pieces) may be selected to represent MTAC-WLA at
the Southern California Junior Bach Region IV Festival.
Baroque & Classical Festival
In contrast to the Branch Bach Festival, this is a non-adjudicated
recital showcasing the music of both the Baroque and Classical
periods. Music to include works by Bach, Scarlatti, Handel and
their baroque contemporaries as well as works by Mozart, Haydn,
Beethoven, and their contemporaries.
Certificate of MeritTM
is an annual evaluation program for piano, string, woodwind & brass,
and voice students. Requirements are flexible enough to be met by
the average student, as well as the more gifted performer. Selected
students may be invited to perform at Branch Honors Festivals, the
State Convention, or the prestigious Young Artist Guild, a showcase
at the MTAC State Convention for the most talented Certificate of
Collaborative Young Artists Recital
encourages students to play together in any combination of two or more
players in piano ensemble, chamber music, or vocal performance.
Contemporary Music Festival
Students performing works of composers living and creating in the
20th century from the time of Bartok through the end of the 20th century.
Kathryn Gawartin Chopin Piano Competition
provides gifted and talented piano students from all Branches of
MTAC an opportunity to compete for cash prize awards.
Living Composers Fiesta
A Music/Performance Festival of everything that is current and
exciting today: Compositions of living composers which can include
any or all of the following: multimedia, improvisation, experimentation,
jazz, film music, recent compositions, concert music/art music. The
music can be inspired by the classical tradition, pop, jazz, rock or any
fusions thereof. Any and all instrumental and vocal combinations are
encouraged. Students are encouraged to perform their own compo-
sitions or pieces by their friends. Have an open mind—the sky is
the limit, and it is time to play with sound and possibilities!
Music Students’ Service League (MSSL)
is a group of self-governing MTAC student volunteers dedicated to
serving their community through music. MTAC-WLA MSSL projects
include student performances at senior citizen homes, benefit recitals,
mentoring younger students, and volunteering at Branch functions
and events. MTAC-WLA MSSL often works jointly with the Westside
Music Foundation to raise funds for music education programs in
the local community for at-risk children and youths.
Naomi Reisfeld Etude Festival
is an event highlighting both technicality and artistry of the
student’s performance. This is open to students of CM level 4 and
above. A guest speaker is invited at the Festival.
Students will audition to participate in an open masterclass given
by a visiting artist/scholar to perform and receive critical analysis.
Open to piano students of intermediate and advanced levels.
Red & Gold Seal Solo Recitals
provide students an opportunity to perform memorized programs
for an audience. “Red Seal” Certificates are presented to students
who prepare a 15-minute program, and “Gold Seal Certificates” are
presented to students who prepare a 30-minute program. The audience
must include two MTAC-WLA Branch members in addition to the
Romantic & Impressionist Festival
Provides students an opportunity to perform solo and ensemble
repertoire from Romantic & Impressionist styles including late
Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Liszt,
Brahms, Debussy, Ravel and their contemporaries.
Student Branch Recital
provides students of all levels an opportunity to perform solo and ensemble
music in a non-competitive, recital setting.
Young Artist Guild (YAG) Recitals
Young Composers Guild (YCG) Concerts