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MSMTA Spring Solo Festival for String Instruments

May 14, 2017
Washington Adventist University
Registration deadline: April 15, 2017

If not a member of MTNA/MSMTA click here and register as a guest teacher.

This age-based competition for violin, viola, cello and double bass players is open to children ages 6 to 18. Students are grouped by age and instrument, usually in groups of 5 to 10. A judge in each room writes comments for all students. Teachers receive these comments following the competition. All students also receive a certificate stating that they participated in the Festival. Students play one or two pieces with an accompanist if the work has an accompanying part. Students may participate and earn ribbons (first, second, third, honorable mention) if they enter competitively. To enter competitively they must play their work from memory unless it is a sonata movement. Accompanying pianists may use music, of course, in all performances.

Students range in ability level. In younger age groups there are some students who are vibrating and shifting and others who do not. At older age levels some students are playing simpler pieces such as Meditation from Thais while others may be playing concerto movements. Occasionally older children are entering with very simple student concertos or Suzuki pieces. Generally students win prizes for how well and how musically their piece is played — not how advanced or difficult the piece is. Older students generally are vibrating and shifting into positions easily. All are generally well prepared and play by memory.

Works range from the earliest Suzuki material to major solo repertoire such as concerto movements by Bruch, Bach, Mendelssohn and Mozart. Shorter works are also often performed at all age levels.
Teachers who put youngsters in this festival are expected to help that day or arrange to help the chairman in some other way.

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