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My local MTA sponsors a Piano Festival which invites teachers (both members and non-members) to enter students. The students play for a judge for a rating (Super, Excellent, Good, Fair) and comments. Our Festival is open to students of all levels and abilities. We have skills challenges such as a theory exam, sight-reading challenge, scales & cadences, and hymn playing.
1. If your MTA hosts a Piano Festival, when and where is it usually held? What challenges have you faced in determining the best time or place, and what drives your final decision?
We hold ours in late February at a local college. Holding it in late February allows us to do it before our local Auditions in March. The date of the local auditions are dictated by the deadline for Regional Auditions applications. We like having Festival first because it provides a dress rehearsal opportunity. However, we schedule it as late as we can because students need as much time as possible after returning from Christmas break to be prepared.
2. How many of your MTA members participate in pre-Festival planning and prep work?
We have a Festival chairperson who creates a committee. In previous years, no more than 3-4 people have been involved in doing the pre-Festival work with the chair doing the bulk of the job; however, we are initiating greater involvement beginning this year. The chair will be delegating various components to more people. Of course, many hands will make lighter work, but the push to delegate is also to familiarize more people with the process of organizing Festival.
3. How long does your Festival Chairperson hold that office?
We have a rule in our by-laws that offices may not be held for more than 2 years.
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