Events Information

Niki and Nina at the 2012 MTNA convention in New York rehearsing for the national senior piano duet competition, which they won the next day. Nina’s father, Jack, is the page turner. Photo by Lin Hua.

The Breth Studio usually has some students in each of these events every year. Certain events are required for all students. (NVMTA = Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association. WMTA = Washington Music Teachers Association.)

Periodically during the academic year
MTNA Performance Competitions. Highly competitive. The purpose of this competition is “to provide educational experiences for students and teachers and to recognize exceptionally talented young artists and their teachers in their pursuit of musical excellence.” There are two divisions based on age: 11 to 13 and 14 to 18. The first rung of the competition is held at the state level in late October or early November. The state winners compete at the division level in January, and the division winners progress to the national finals at the MTNA conference in March. These competitions are held at different locations each year and are open to the public. Repertoire: Open. Sponsor: Music Teachers National Association.

NVMTA Judged Recitals. Competitive; winners play in Honors Recital. Repertoire: Open. Sponsor: NVMTA.

NVMTA General Recitals. Non-competitive, non-critiqued. Repertoire: Open. Sponsor: NVMTA.

WMTA Musicale and Judged Recital. The Musicale is non-competitive, the Judged Recital is competitive; winners play in Honors Recital. The previous year’s honorees are ineligible. Repertoire: Open. Sponsor: WMTA.

November or early December
Piano Olympics. Noncompetitive. Required for all students. Open to parents and invited guests. Critiqued by master teacher Alexander Peskanov. Repertoire: Russian Technical Regimen. Each student attends one technique class as assigned, plus a master class with closing ceremony at the end of the day. Sponsor: Breth Studio.
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Studio Recital. Celebratory, non-competitive. Open to the public. Followed by a party. Repertoire: To be determined by student and teacher. Required for all students. Sponsor: Breth Studio.

NVMTA Concerto Competition. Highly competitive. Five levels by grade (grades 2-12). Repertoire: One concerto movement. Sponsor: NVMTA.

MSMTA Concerto Competition. Competitive. Several levels by age and repertoire. Repertoire: From a list of concertos selected each year by MSMTA. Sponsor: Maryland State Music Teachers Association.

Skills Day. Non-competitive, graded sightreading exam. Private audition. Required for all students. Sponsor: Virginia Music Teachers Association.

NVMTA Honors Recital. For students chosen from earlier Judged Recitals. Repertoire: Anything, within given time limits. Sponsor: NVMTA.

February
Theory Mastery Day. Non-competitive, graded theory exam. Required for all students. Sponsor: Virginia Music Teachers Association .

Bach-Baroque Festival. Either competitive or non-competitive, critiqued, recital format. Repertoire: One piece by JS Bach, one other Baroque piece. Sponsor: NVMTA.

National Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition Preliminaries. Highly competitive. One level: high school. Repertoire: One concerto movement. Must hire accompanist other than teacher. Sponsor: NSO.

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March
Piano Concerto Festival. Competitive. Five levels by grade. Repertoire: One movement from any concerto. Sponsor: NVMTA.

Studio Project. Noncompetitive. Held in some years to present special repertoire such as the Chopin preludes or the Bach partitas. Required for all students. Sponsor: Breth Studio

Novik Concerto Competition. Highly competitive. Two levels. Biennial, held in spring of even-numbered years. Sponsor: WMTA. Repertoire: Junior level (age 13 and under)-one movement of any concerto. Senior level (age 19 and under)-Entire concerto chosen from WMTA’s list. The Senior winner performs the following year with the Capitol City Symphony. Sponsor: WMTA.

Bartok Competition. Competitive and non-competitive sections by repertoire. Biennial, held in even-numbered years. Sponsor/Location: Washington Music Teachers Association/Levine School of Music, Washington DC.

Specialty Competition. Competitive and non-competitive sections by repertoire. Biennial, held in odd-numbered years. Repertoire: Two pieces by composers of a designated nationality. Sponsor: WMTA.

 

April
Tselentis Bach Competition. Competitive. Three levels by age and repertoire. Biennial, held in odd-numbered years.Repertoire: Two Inventions (age 12 and under); two Sinfonias (age 17 and under); or two Preludes and Fugues (age 20 and under), one chosen from a required list. Sponsor: Washington Music Teachers Association.

Piano Ensemble Competition. Choice of competitive or non-competitive. Five levels by age. Repertoire: Open. All Breth students participate in this event. Sponsor: NVMTA

VMTA Concerto Competition. Highly competitive. Two levels: grades 8-11 and grade 12. Repertoire: One movement from any concerto. The winner plays with orchestra at the following year’s state conference. Sponsor: Virginia Music Teachers Association.

FMMC Henbest High School Piano Competition. Highly competitive. One level, grades 9-12. Repertoire: A prelude and fugue from either volume of the Well Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach, or two other comparable pieces from the Baroque Period; the first movement of a sonata by Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn or Schubert; a substantial work from the Romantic Period; an impressionist work or a work from the 20th or 21st century.Sponsor: Friday Morning Music Club.

International Young Artist Piano Competition Preliminaries. Competitive. Five levels by age. Repertoire: Required Chinese piece plus one Western piece. Sponsor: IYAPC

May
NVMTA Honors Recital. For students chosen from earlier Judged Recitals. Repertoire: Anything, within a given time limit. Sponsor: NVMTA

Hartman Piano Performance Awards. Competitive. Multiple levels by age. Repertoire: Two contrasting pieces. Sponsor: WMTA.

Lichtenberg Piano Scholarship Competition. Highly competitive. One level, grades 9-12. Repertoire: Four contrasting pieces. Sponsor: WMTA.

Piano Achievement Awards. Highly competitive. Three levels by grade. Prizes include a winner’s recital. Repertoire: Three to four contrasting pieces. Sponsor: NVMTA.

Sonata Festival. Competitive or non-competitive Three levels by difficulty of repertoire. Private audition. Repertoire: Two contrasting sonata or sonatina movements. Sponsor: NVMTA.

Sonata Festival Honors Recital. For students selected by judges of the sonata Festival. Repertoire: One of the two sonata movements played in the Festival. Sponsor: NVMTA.

Doris Chase Competition. Highly competitive. Two divisions. Repertoire: Entire sonata by Mozart or Beethoven. Sponsor: Maryland State Music Teachers Association.

Gottlieb Competition. Competitive. Multiple levels by age. Held on the same day & in same place as the Doris Chase. Repertoire: One Baroque piece, one Classical sonata movement, and a third piece by any composer on a selected list. Sponsor: Maryland State Music Teachers Association.

Elizabeth Davis Memorial Competition. Highly competitive. One level, grades 9-12. Repertoire: Three contrasting compositions including one Classical sonata movement. Sponsor:Maryland State Music Teachers Association

Student Achievement Day. Non-competitive. Annual in-studio review of repertoire, critiqued by a guest adjudicator. Private audition. Required for all students. Repertoire: 10 pieces or a 30-minute program.

June
Studio Recital. Celebratory, non-competitive. Open to the public. Followed by party. Repertoire: Determined by student and teacher. Required for all students. Sponsor: Breth Studio.

WMTA Honors Recital. For students chosen from the year’s Judged Recitals. Repertoire: One piece or movement of a piece. Sponsor: WMTA.

Northern District Auditions. Highly competitive. Four levels by grade. Repertoire: Three contrasting pieces. Winners compete in Virginia State Auditions the following fall. Sponsor: NVMTA.

International Young Artist Piano Competition Finals. Highly Competitive. Repertoire: Required Chinese piece plus one (age 10 and under) or two (age 11 and over) Western pieces. Sponsor: IYAPC.