PROGRAM DETAILS AND INFORMATION:
The Fall Recital is open to any age or difficulty level. Any one composition or one movement may be chosen for performance. Repertoire may represent any historical period.
The Fall Recital usually takes place on October at the Santa Monica Blvd. Fenton Charter School in Hollywood.
This competition is open to any age or difficulty level. Any one composition or one movement may be chosen for performance, except for compositions by J.S. Bach. Categories are divided according to age: 6 and under, 8 and under, 10 and under, 12 and under, 14 and under, 16 and under and 17 and over. Trophies are presented to winners.
Monetary awards are presented to one outstanding winner in each age category.
Winners from the previous year’s competition compete in a separate Winners Program.
The Winterfest Competition usually takes place at the beginning of December.
This competition is open to any age group. Repertoire is restricted to any one movement of a sonata or sonatina from standard repertoire. No arrangements and no repeats allowed. Adjudication will be based on the following age categories: age 8 and under, 10 and under, 12 and under, 14 and under, 16 and under, age 17 and over. Performance time is limited to 5 minutes.
Trophies are presented to the winners. Winners from the previous year’s competition compete in a separate Winners Program. Monetary awards are presented to one outstanding winner in each age category.
The Sonata/Sonatina Competition usually takes place in January at the Los Angeles Valley College.
CERTIFICATE OF MERIT EVALUATIONS
This prestigious evaluation program takes place in February or March at UCLA and is chaired by Dr. Sunyoung Lee. Please refer to the next menu item for more information
VOCE is a prestigious competition for vocalists, strings, winds/brass, and chamber music at the Branch and State levels. In 1971, cellist Gretchen Kuehny Geber and pianist Eleonor Dalton of MTAC’s San Fernando West Valley Branch created VOCE as a means of providing solo and chamber ensemble opportunities for students. The group was named for Vocalists, Orchestral instrumentalists, Chamber music, and Ensembles.
The Hollywood Branch VOCE Competition takes place in February. Applications are completed on the MTAC State website under Teachers’ Portal (new.matc.org)
A non-competitive format is available for students who are not quite ready for competition, allowing them to perform for judges’ comments without being judged against other students.
The Non-Competitive track takes place at the Branch Audition level only.
The Competitive track progresses in three stages:
1. Branch Auditions
2. State Finals
First place winners of Branch Competitions advance to State Finals held at Chapman University, Orange, California.
3. Winners Recital
First place winners of State Finals perform at the State Convention in order to receive their cash awards and plaques.
This festival is administered by the Southern California Junior Bach Festival and is open to students of all M.T.A.C. teachers. Application forms and more detailed information are available online: www.scjbf.org The Southern California Bach Festival consist of various consecutive and competitive performance opportunities; starting with the Branch Bach Festival, followed by the Regional Festival, the Complete Works Audition, a Special Concerto Audition and concluding with the Los Angeles Bach Festival Honors Program.
At the branch level, pianists may play any original music of J. S. Bach or compositions of other Baroque composers. However, to be eligible to be considered among the 50% chosen to qualify for performing in the Regional Festival, the following exceptions must be kept in mind: # 1. No music from the Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook, ANH 113-132. # 2. No transcriptions other than those made by J. S. Bach himself from his own works. #3. No works by other Baroque composers. Regional winners are eligible to perform in the Complete Works Competition if performing a complete work as categorized on the Complete Works Audition list (see www.scjbf.org).
Students of strings, woodwinds and voice will be judged in an all Branch Regional Festival. These instrumentalists may play transcriptions at the Branch as well as their Regional Festival.
The Hollywood Branch Bach Festival usually takes place in April.
This recital is open to any age or level of difficulty. Repertoire will be limited to composers from the Baroque era. Only one movement or one composition may be chosen for performance. The Baroque Festival takes place on the same day and at the same venue as the branch Bach Festival, but whereas the Bach Festival registration takes place through the SCJBF website, registration for the Baroque Festival will be through our branch website.
This recital is open to any age or level of difficulty. Repertoire may represent any historical period but only one composition or one movement may be performed. Compositions by students and teachers are encouraged.
The Spring Recital usually takes place in May at the Santa Monica Blvd. Fenton Charter School in Hollywood.
ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS RECITAL
This is the final recital of the academic year. This recital was established to encourage participation in all branch recitals and competitions throughout the year and to encourage the study of music from a variety of musical eras. Branch Awards and Scholarship recipients are presented with their trophies or scholarship checks on this day.
Pianists are required to perform a total of four pieces during the academic year, each representing a different musical era (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic and Contemporary). One or two of these pieces must be performed at the Achievement Awards Recital and the remaining pieces must be performed at recitals/competitions of the Hollywood Branch throughout the year leading up to the Achievement Awards Recital. One movement only is allowed with no repeats.
String students are required to perform 3 pieces throughout the academic year, one of which one must be a Concerto or Variations written for a string instrument.
Trophies are presented to all participants in recognition for their achievement.
The Achievement Awards Recital usually takes place at the beginning of June at the Los Angeles Valley College.
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