State Honors Recital

The purpose of the KMTA State Honors Recital (SHR) is to showcase Kentucky students who have demonstrated superior performances at their local workshops/rallies/festivals and is specially designed for elementary through mid-intermediate level students. This year, advanced students will be able to participate as well! 

The 2022 State Honors Recital is currently scheduled to be held in person at Campbellsville University, on October 15, 2022, during the weekend of the KMTA State Conference. You can view more event details on our State Honors Recital event page.

This year, Honors Recitals will be part of the KMTA State Conference. State Honors Recital participants are not required to register for the conference to participate at the SHR recital, however, registration is available for participants who want to attend the rest of the conference. 

2022 Honors Recital Student Information

What to expect on October 15:

  1. Students should arrive early (20 minutes at least) to register. They will be asked to confirm the music selections, and number the measures of each piece.  
  2. Students will be directed to the practice rooms and where they will be playing their auditions and recital. 
  3. Students will play both pieces for the judge (audition).  
  4. Students will receive comments from the judges on both pieces after their audition. 
  5. The judge will pick one of the selections to be presented at the Honors Recital. 
  6. After that students should wait until their time to play at the recital.  

The “official” address is 1 University Dr., Campbellsville, KY 42718. Of course, that won’t take you directly to the music building – but it will get you to the center of campus! 

Here is a campus map: Honors Recitals will be in the Gosser Fine Arts Center (#27 on the map). The building is on University Dr., between N. Columbia and N. Central Ave. Parking is available on three sides. (There is a Catholic Church on the 4th side!) All parking is free. 

Registration for the Honors Recital will take place in the space between the Choral Rehearsal Room and the Instrumental Rehearsal Room, which is where their recitals will be. Attached is a sketch map of the music building. 


The two best hotels are the Holiday Inn Express and Best Western. Specific hotel information is here.

On campus, there is a Chick-Fil-A (#28c), Papa John’s Pizza, and Tigerville Grille (both in #62). There is also a Starbucks Kiosk inside #28c. Some area restaurants include Brothers (barbecue), Colton’s (steakhouse), Garcia’s (Mexican), Yamato (Japanese), and Creekside (“family” home-cooking).  

The deadline for registration is September 1, 2022

Selection for the Honors Recital

Each local association that holds an adjudicated event is invited to send the top 25% of their entries to the SHR each year. (Please note that this means 25% of the entries, not participants; e.g. a duet would count as one entry.)  The SHR is open to piano, voice, strings, and other instruments, including ensembles; however, the SHR cannot accommodate two-piano entries due to venue limitations. The method for determining the top 25% who qualify for the SHR is at the discretion of each local association.  (Some methods include a numerical scoring system,  a performance rating + theory requirement, an adjudicator “star”, etc.). Local associations also may elect to name alternates in the event that any of the top students from that local association cannot attend.

Local Association Festival Forms

For events held by local associations that may qualify students to participate in the State Honors Recital.

The names of the top 25%, along with any alternates, should be included in the Workshop/Rally report (see the Forms section at the bottom of this page) to be completed and sent no later than June 30th to the KMTA Honors Recital Chairperson:

Bernardo Scarambone
Eastern Kentucky University

The Honors Recital Event

The Honors Recital event typically consists of two steps:

  1. The first step is the audition in which students play two pieces for an adjudicator.  The adjudicator will give written comments and select one piece to be played in the recital.  Only the student is permitted in the audition; parents may wait outside the audition room or in a designated area.
  2. The second step is the Honors Recital in which students play the piece designated by the adjudicator at the audition. Family and friends are welcome to attend the recital.

Usually, there are 2-3 separate Honors Recitals depending upon the number of entries.  Recital entrants will be grouped according to their age and/or the levels of their pieces.

Honors Recital Forms


ONLINE Registration and payment are now available!

The deadline for submission is September 1, 2022.

If you’ve already submitted all your registrations, click here to be taken to the payment page. Remember one payment per teacher, please.

Report Forms

Honors Recital Information

Local Association Festival Forms

For events held by local associations that may qualify students to participate in the State Honors Recital.