Piano and vocal events are listed below (non-competitive and competitive). Fees and dates will be listed when posted by each sponsoring organization. Other events may be added.
Non-Competitive Piano and Vocal Events
Kentucky Federation of Music Clubs Festival - The KFMC Festival is a non-competitive event that is held each year for students K-12, and hosts various events for pianists and vocalists entering in solo, duet, concerto and hymn-playing. Vocalists may participate in art song and/or musical theatre as soloists or duet performers. Different rules apply to each event regarding repertoire. All participants receive comments and ratings from qualified judges. Each score receives an accompanying point value of 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5. For each 15 points earned, participants will receive a "gold cup trophy" as commendation for their efforts. All students receive certificates for each event entered, and special certificates are given for "Superior" ratings.
National Guild of Piano Teachers Auditions - The NGPT Audition is a non-competitive event that is held each year for piano students of all ages. Students may perform memorized or non-memorized solo and/or ensemble programs of varying styles and genres of repertoire and must include scales and cadences in every program. Memorized programs may include up to twenty pieces as well as Musicianship Phases (scales, arpeggios, cadences, transposing, improvisation, ear training and sight reading. Hobbyist (non-memorized) programs include required scale and cadences and may include Musicianship Phases. Students may earn special diplomas, medal programs, and scholarships depending on interest and amount of time studied. The NGPT awards all participants with report cards, certificates and fraternity pins upon the completion of auditions.
Competitive Piano and Vocal Events
Kentucky Music Teachers Association Pre-College Auditions - The KYMTA Pre-College Piano Auditions is a three-round competition event for students in grades 4-12. Round-1 begins at the Local Association level, Round-2 continues at the regional level, and Round-3 concludes the audition process at the state level. Students are required to perform two contrasting pieces from memory for a reputable judge at each round of the competition. All students receive comments from the judge as well as certificates.
Nathaniel Patch Piano Competition
Piano students in the Elementary, Middle School, and High School divisions perform two contrasting pieces from memory for a judge. The two pieces must be original compositions from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, or 20th Century periods. Each piece must be from two different periods and of equal difficulty. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners in each classification, and trophies will be presented to the first place winners. The Nathaniel Patch Award plaque will be presented to the most outstanding participant selected from all classifications. Winners of first, second, and third place in each classification will choose one of their competition works as their performance selection for the recital. The recital will be held following the conclusion of the competition.
Competitive Vocal Events
Kentucky Music Teachers Vocal Competition - The KYMTA Vocal Competition is for vocal students in the Junior, Senior, and Young Artist divisions. Each student is allotted 12 minutes in which to perform at least three art songs for a reputable judge. The competition is held in one round at the State Audition site. Awards are as follows: Outstanding Performer, Award of Excellence and Honorable Mention. All students receive comments from the judge as well as certificates.
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