Music Teachers’ Association of California

San Francisco Branch

Festival Theme: Bach, Beethoven & Brahms



The purpose of this festival is to celebrate music of Bach, Beethoven & Brahms. The

festival will consist of one day of auditions from which approximately 20 students will be

selected to perform for the general public in the festival’s gala concert at Old First Church

on Sunday April 26, 2020.



• Any music student age 18 or younger as of April 26, 2020, who is studying with an

MTAC-SF teacher in good standing.

• Each teacher may enter as many students as he/she deems qualified.

• All instruments and ensembles are welcome.



• Participants will choose one piece, one movement or group of short pieces. We

encourage performance of art songs, 4-hand piano pieces and chamber music.

• The ideal length of works presented would be between ~3 and 8 minutes. Pieces

longer than 8 minutes are less likely to be chosen unless the audition

performance is exceptional.

• Pieces must be memorized except for piano parts of art songs and all instruments in

chamber groups.

• Judges will choose no more than 2 performers who are presenting the same piece.

• If the teacher has questions about choice of repertoire, please e-mail the festival

chair, Kristina Soriano (


• The application for this festival is available at MTAC San Francisco Branch website:!festival-application/bk6km.

• Fill out an application online for each student. Payment via Paypal can be made

directly from the application process when all applications are finished.

• If you prefer to send payment by mail, please fill out the application online, and

send the entry fee of $40.00 per student (payable to MTAC-SF) to the branch

treasurer, Yooky Kim (2157 17th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94116). All applications

and payments must be received by Sunday April 12, 2020. Ensembles pay a single

application fee.



• Date of Auditions: Sunday April 19, 2020. If the student has a preference for a

particular time, please send an email to Kristina Soriano with your scheduling


• Location: Piano Studio of Sumi Lee Levy, San Francisco, 94118

• The exact time of auditions will be sent to teachers 5 days before the audition date.

• The auditions are closed to the public.

• Students are to dress according to the dress code of any MTAC recital. Therefore,

jeans, T-shirts, sweatshirts, or athletic shoes are not allowed.

• Students must bring the original or a downloaded printed score with proof of

purchase of their music to the audition (no photocopies). The music will be

returned afterwards. Failure to comply with any of these rules will disqualify the


• Participants using music must bring an additional score for the judges.


A panel of 2-3 judges will select approximately 20 students to perform in the festival

concert to be held at Old First Church. All judges’ decisions are final.


• The teachers of students selected to perform will be notified the evening of the auditions.

• The comments from the judges will be mailed to the teachers.



All chosen players who perform in the festival concert will receive a ribbon.

There will be a potluck reception downstairs immediately following the ribbon

ceremony after the concert.



The gala performance will take place on Sunday April 26, 2020 at Old First Church,

1751 Sacramento Street at Van Ness, SF 94109 at 3:00pm. Admission fee is $17.

Performers and immediate family members (up to 2) will not pay admission fee.

However, because of our contract with Old First Concerts, extended family members

and friends of performers must pay for admission. 60% of the ticket price will benefit

the San Francisco Branch of MTAC.