Festivals and Competitions

Performance Opportunities

Music is a performing art, but most students find performance stressful. The more a student performs, the easier it gets and the more they enjoy performing. I encourage my students to perform as much as possible. I hold studio recitals two or three times during the year and make several other optional events available.

Studio Recitals

We currently hold our recitals at Gwinnett Extended Care Center, 650 Professional Drive
Lawrenceville, GA 30046. Our next recital is not yet scheduled but should be early spring. We split it into two sessions: 3:15-3:50 p.m., and 4:00-4:40 p.m. Please do not arrive before 3 p.m. Parking is available at the trailers at the first stop sign when entering from the Lawrenceville-Suwannee entrance. No recital fee is charged. All students are encouraged to participate.

Festivals and Competitions

Festivals are open to students of all ages and abilities from pre-school to adult. Students perform for a judge who provides written comments and a rating. If a student is well prepared and performs with only minor mistakes or hesitations, he or she will most likely receive a superior rating. Students typically enjoy performing in festivals and find them less stressful than recitals. There is a one-time entry fee for festivals, usually $25 or less.

Competitions are similar to festivals in structure but the standards are higher. I encourage all my students to reach a competitive level but will only invite students to participate if they are playing at a competitive level. Many competitions are tiered with students advancing to the next level. The financial and time commitment varies.

For both festivals and competitions students are required to play two pieces from memory in order to receive a rating. Students may perform for comments only at festivals using the music.

Gwinnett County Music Day Festival

This Festival is held the second Saturday in November. This year it is scheduled for November 10, 2018.

Federated Music Clubs of America Festival

This is a national festival. Students accumulate up to 5 points every year per event and receive trophies every 15 points. This year it is scheduled on Feb. 23, 2019, at Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula. Entry closes January 5, 2019.

Local Auditions: Piano Competition

This is the entry level of a state-wide competition sponsored by Georgia Music Teachers Association. Winners move on to a Regional and then State-level competition. Students must pass a theory test and receive an Outstanding Performer rating in order to advance to Regionals. Regional winners advance to the State Auditions. I encourage a realistic approach to this event. Students must prepare well and try their best. Success lies in performing at a higher level and advancing as far as possible. Winning is wonderful, but judges decisions are necessarily subjective (as hard as they try to be objective) and only a few students place. Entry closes January 11, 2019. Students will be scheduled and given a performance time according to their school grade.

Local auditions will be February 16, 2019, at PianoWorks Duluth.

Regional auditions will be March 16, 2019, at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia.

State auditions will be March 30, 2019 at University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music 250 River Road, Athens, GA 30602.

State Auditions: Guitar Competition

This is a state-wide competition for string players. The standards are much higher than for a festival. This is an excellent opportunity for guitarists to perform. Students must prepare well and try their best. Success lies in performing at a higher level.  Winning is wonderful, but judges decisions are necessarily subjective (as hard as they try to be objective) and only a few students place. Application deadline: March 19, 2019. The competition is held Saturday, April 6, 2019  at Kennesaw State University Wilson Annex, 488 Prillaman Way, Kennesaw, GA 30144 Parking Lot E.

Junior/Senior Scholarship

This is a scholarship competition held by Gwinnett County Music Teachers Association. It is open to high school juniors and seniors. Scholarship money is for continued music education.  Entry deadline is March 1, 2019. Performance date is April 13, 2019 at Berean Baptist Church, Lilburn GA.

Steinway Junior Piano Competition

This is an annual competition sponsored by Steinway pianos. Registration runs January 15-April 1, 2019. The first tier performance date will be a Saturday in April with winners moving on to the second tier later that month or early May. It will be held at Steinway Piano Gallery in Alpharetta.