Theme Festival


2018 Branch Theme Festival (Piano only): This is an adjudicated festival with written comments for each student about their performance. The goal of the festival is to encourage all participants to express their understanding of musical style and to excel in performance. The top 25% of students will receive gold medals, 25% silver, 25% bronze and 25% with honorable mention ribbons. The judges will also select one winner from each program. A trophy will be awarded to each Program Winner. This is a great opportunity for students to practice performance skills in a helpful and friendly environment, and to embrace the challenge of competing for the trophy.

NEW: Winners’ Concert the evening of the Festival. All the Program Winners will receive a trophy at the concert. Program Winners will compete at the Winners’ Concert performing the same piece registered. The Program Winners will be divided into four age Divisions; Division 1: age 9 and below, Division II: age 12 and below, Division III: age 15 and below, Division IV: age 16 and above.

Concert is free to all.
Winners’ Concert Awards
The first place winner for each division will be awarded with $200 dollars and the second place winner for each division will be awarded with $100 at the Winners’ Concert.

Winners’ Concert Divisions

Division I: 3 minutes and below (for Winners’ Concert)
Division II: 5 minutes and below (for Winners’ Concert)
Division III: 7 minutes and below (for Winners’ Concert)
Division IV: 10 minutes and below (for Winners’ Concert)
*Note: This program is NOT the same as the theme festival of the CM Convention program.

Theme: The Contemporary Era (MTAC Piano Syllabus page 164 – 169)
* Each student will play one piece or one movement only.
* Piece needs to be memorized
* Each teacher may enter up to 20 students


Festival Date: December 8, 2018 (Saturday)
Winners’ Concert Date: December 9, 2018 (Sunday) / 3pm to 6 pm
Location: Chapman University


Ming-I Chen, Co-Chair
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Wendy I. Chen, Co-Chair
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DivisionAge (on 11/1/18)Time Limit
I7 & under2 min.
II8 & under2 min.
III9 & under2 min.
IV10 & under3 min.
V11 & under3 min.
VI12 & under3 min.
VII13 & under5 min.
VIII14 & under5 min.
IX15 & under5 min.
X16 & under7 min.
XI17 & under7 min.
XII18 to 227 min.


Registration Opens: October 1, 2018
The registration form/ link will be email to members by September 30.
Deadline: October 31, 2018
Check postmark deadline November 1, 2018

For teachers who do not use a computer, please call Ming-I Chen for assistance.



Comment Sheets/Awards: Teachers can pick up the comment sheets and medals at the Branch meeting on January 9, 2019. Please contact Wendy I. Chen if you can’t pick up the envelope at the Branch meeting. Envelopes will NOT be mailed. Please pick up the envelopes before January 31, 2019. After January 31st the envelopes will no longer be available for pick up.


To find your student, look up the student number on the left. If you don’t see exact 25% of the distribution of the medals, it is because of the ties. The medals are distributed according to the score given by the judges.


Fee: $35 per student.