Theme Festival


2021 Branch Theme Festival (Piano only): Festival: 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 division to advance to the Winners’ Competition. This is a great opportunity for students to practice performance skills in a helpful and friendly environment.

Winners’ Competition: The winners selected from the Theme Festival will compete in four divisions in the Winners’ Competition.

Winners’ Competition 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 cash award.  

Festival Divisions:

DivisionAge (on 11/1/21)Time Limit
I7 & under3 min.
II8 & under3 min.
III9 & under3 min.
IV10 & under5 min.
V11 & under5 min.
VI12 & under5 min.
VII13 & under7 min.
VIII14 & under7 min.
IX15 & under7 min.
X16 & under10 min.
XI17 & under10 min.
XII18 to 2410 min.

Winners’ Competition Divisions:

CategoryAge (on 11/1/21)Time Limit
Category 112 & below5 min.
Category 213 to 157 min.
Category 316 to 1810 min.
Category 419 to 2410 min.
*Note: This program is NOT the same as the theme festival of the CM Convention program.

Theme: Contemporary Music  (MTAC Piano Syllabus 2012 pg. 164-169: “CATEGORY 4: 20 & 21 Centuries”) * Each student will play one piece or one movement only. * Piece needs to be memorized * Each teacher may enter up to 20 students


Festival: December 11, 2021

Competition: December 12, 2021

Location: Chapman University


Results will be posted by December 25,2021


Ming-I Chen, Co-Chair
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Wendy I. Chen, Co-Chair
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  1. One work or one movement of Sonata/Sonatina only per performer. Theme and Variations will require to have Theme and at least 2 Variations. Up to three short movements can be included from a Suite.
  2. Use MTAC Piano Syllabus 2012 pg. 164-169: “CATEGORY 4: 20 & 21 Centuries”. If you have any questions about the repertoire, please check to confirm.
  3. The Applicant will be disqualified if the piece performed is different from the list of repertoire in the registration form.
  4. There will be no late submission past the deadline.
  5. Each teacher can enroll up to 20 students.
  6. Age cut off date: November 1, 2021. 


Registration Opens: October 1, 2021
The registration form/ link will be email to members by October 1st. Click Here for the Registration Form.
Registration Deadline: October 20, 2021

Check postmark deadline October 21, 2021

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



Comment Sheets/Awards: Comment sheets will be emailed to the teachers by December 25, 2021.


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: $45 per student.