KMTA e-Festival


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e-Festival Information

The Kentucky Music Teachers Association is thrilled to announce the 2nd Annual KMTA e-festival!

KMTA is excited to offer an alternative event to in-person festivals traditionally held by local associations in the spring. The KMTA e-festival is an online-only performance opportunity where students receive constructive comments and a rating as well as chance to qualify for the State Honors Recital.

General Information

  • This year, teachers will submit each student participant in a separate application by clicking the “e-Festival Online Registration” button below.
  • Teachers can submit PDF versions of student music score and video links through the registration page.
  • There is a $15 fee for each student entry. If a student enters multiple instrument categories (voice and piano, for example) each category entry is $15.
  • After the online registration form is submitted, you will be redirected to the PayPal payment page to pay the $15 registration fee.
  • The DEADLINE for submission is May 21, 2021.
Register by clicking the button below:

Deadline for submission is May 21, 2021

Requirements

Repertoire

  • Students will be required to perform two contrasting pieces.
  • Duet entries (4-hand, one piano) are allowed. Duet entrants should only complete one registration form with both performers names listed in “Student Name” field.
  • Division I: Students submitting repertoire beginner through mid-intermediate levels will be participating for comments alongside the option to qualify for the State Honors Recital (SHR). Teacher should indicate on the entry form if they would like a student to be considered for SHR.
  • Division II: Students submitting advanced repertoire are participating to receive adjudicator comments only, as the level of repertoire is appropriate for KMTA State Competitions and not the State Honors Recital. 
  • Repertoire guidelines align with the State Honors Recital guidelines and can be found here.

Evaluation and Selection for State Honors Recital

  • Students will be evaluated based on criteria relevant to their instrument and ability level.
  • For Division I, adjudicators will offer comments and rating, as well as consider the top 25% of entries (who have selected to be considered) for State Honors Recital recommendation.
  • For Division II, adjudicators will offer comments and rating only as they are not performing for SHR qualification.
  • Feedback from adjudicators will be given 1-2 weeks after the submission deadline.

KMTA e-Festival Video Instructions

Recording Location

You should record your video in the spirit of a live audition or recital performance.

You may record in a home, school, church, synagogue, recital hall, rehearsal room, or studio with good natural acoustics with or without an audience. You should dress professionally, as you would for a recital or live audition.

Recording

  • A tablet or smartphone is all you need.
  • To ensure quality and consistency of the videos among entrants:
    • Set up device to capture the full body of the student (for pianists and string players, be sure hands are visible at the instrument; for singers, be sure facial expression is discernible).
    • Limit background noise.
    • Make sure the performance space is well lit.
    • Treat the camera as if it were the judge.

Execution

  • Run a technical dress rehearsal with everything in place.
  • Test the sound. Move recording device, if needed.
  • Treat this as a live performance!
    • Dress appropriately
    • Keep playing from start to finish! The performance quality may diminish after 3-5 takes and it is better to have one compete recording than none.

Transfer File

  • Name your video files with the piece title and composer (for example, Minuet in G, Bach) Accepted formats: MP4, M4V, AVI, FLV, MOV, WMV, MPG, MPEG, M2V, WEBM.
  • Create an account with YouTube (or similar video sharing platform). Upload your recording to YouTube.
  • Scores should be in PDF format and named the same as the video file.
  • Complete the online application and share video links. You will receive an automatic email confirming successful submission of your videos and application