Theme Festival


2019 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.

Festival Divisions: See “eligibility” below for Festival Divisions, ages and time limits.

Winners’ Concert: The winners selected from the Theme Festival will compete in four divisions in the Concert.  The Winners Concert will take place the day after the Festival event.

Concert is free to all. 

Winners’ Concert Awards
The first-place winner in each division will be selected by a panel of three Judges to receive $200 cash award.  A second-place winner for a $100 dollar award this year to encourage more students.  

Winners’ Concert Divisions

Winners’ Concert Division I: 3 minutes and below (ages 9 and under)
Winners’ Concert Division II: 5 minutes and below (ages 12 and under)
Winners’ Concert Division III: 7 minutes and below (ages 15 and under)
Winners’ Concert Division IV: 10 minutes and below (ages 16 – 24)
*Note: This program is NOT the same as the theme festival of the CM Convention program.

Theme: The Romantic and Impressionistic Era (MTAC Piano Syllabus page 162-164 under “Category 3)

* 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 14, 2019 (Saturday)  

Winners’ Concert:  December 15, 2019 (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 11/1/19)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 247 min.


Registration Opens: October 1, 2019
The registration form/ link will be email to members by September 30.
Deadline: October 31, 2019
Check postmark deadline November 1, 2019

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 8, 2020. 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, 2020. 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.

Teacher Involvement:  Teacher are needed to volunteer on the day of Festival.  The number of hours will depend on the number of students the teacher registers. 

Teacher’s non-involvement fee: Teachers unable to volunteer will be assessed a “non-invlovement fee” of $30 dollars (for teachers with less than 10 students) or $60 dollars (for teachers with more than 10 students)