2019 Honors Recital News
A few words before the guidelines:
- Please email questions to Christopher Oill at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tatyana Eldridge at email@example.com Many questions can be answered by reading the guidelines.
- Changes have been made regarding repertoire, deadlines, and other matters. It is your responsibility to read all guidelines thoroughly.
- Fill out all information requested on the entry forms, including repertoire and teacher contact details.
General Honors Recital Information
Committee Co-Chairs: Christopher Oill and Tatyana Eldridge
The purpose of the Arizona State Music Teachers Association’s James R. Anthony Honors Recital is to promote the development of musicianship, technique, and performance to the highest level possible. A two-tiered auditions process is used to select some of the most outstanding students in the state to perform during the state conference. Final Auditions, and the Honors Recital itself, are open to the public.
The Honors Recital and auditions are open to pre-college instrumentalists, vocalists and chamber music ensembles of six performers or fewer, using no more than one piano. Participants must currently study with an ASMTA member who has renewed their membership dues prior to the Honors Recital application date. Students must have studied with their current teacher for at least 6 consecutive months prior to preliminary auditions.
- Teachers must volunteer during the final auditions day. An Honors Recital committee member will contact teachers regarding their volunteer times and duties. If the teacher is unable to fulfill this responsibility, they should find a replacement.
- Teachers should take time to review all of the current Guidelines, and go over these Guidelines with the participating students and their parents.
- Applications may be submitted online on the ASMTA website beginning Friday, March 1, 2019 and no later than 11:59 pm on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. The application should include the complete and accurate names of the two works to be performed, including full names of composers, opus numbers and movement designations for each composition, in proper program format, as well as accurate timings of each piece to be performed.
- All application fees must be paid either online at the ASMTA web site or by check postmarked by Wednesday, May 1, 2019 and sent to Christopher Oill, 1626 E. Palmcroft Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282. Each teacher should send a single check (or pay online by credit card at the time of application[s]) covering the total application fees for all of their participating students. Checks will not be accepted from students or parents!
- The preliminary auditions will be held via video recordings. These must be:
- posted to YouTube by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, and
- the link(s) to your video(s) must be emailed to Christopher Oill (firstname.lastname@example.org) also by Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 11:59 pm.
The YouTube videos must be public, so that anyone may view them. Your YouTube videos must remain posted and available until Saturday, June 8, 2019. Audio and picture of videos must be completely unedited. Failure to comply will result in immediate disqualification.
- Preliminary results, judge comments, and (if accepted) final audition times and locations will be emailed to participants’ teachers by Tuesday, May 28, 2019.
- The final auditions will be on Saturday, June 8, 2019 beginning at 9:00 am at the ASMTA Conference location: NAU School of Music, 1115 S. Knoles Dr., Flagstaff, AZ 86011.
- Scores for each piece must be presented to the desk monitors for the Final Auditions. Measures must be numbered at the beginning of each line, but names of teachers and students must be omitted. All entrants must abide by the federal Copyright Law. Photocopies from published books are not allowed. Entrants must complete a Music Release Form to verify their permission to use Photocopies or PDFs downloaded from the Internet. Downloads from IMSLP should be accompanied by details about the origin of the score. Miniature scores are not acceptable.
- The Winners’ Recital will be at 4:30 pm on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at the NAU School of Music, 1115 S. Knoles Dr., Flagstaff, AZ 86011. Any winners unable to fulfill this performance obligation will not be allowed to enter the following year.
Elementary 1 Ages 8 and under 5 minutes $25 Elementary 2 Ages 9-10 6 minutes $25 Intermediate 1* Ages 11 -12 8 minutes $25 Intermediate 2* Ages 13-14 12 minutes $25 Advanced 1 Ages 15-16 15 minutes $30 Advanced 2 Ages 17-18 18 minutes $30
*After the Final Round, two JAMES SAVERIO RUCCOLO PIANO AWARDS will be awarded to students in these categories (one award for Intermediate 1 division and one award for Intermediate 2 division). This award is offered in memory of Dr. JS Ruccolo, a pianist/composer and a Professor Emeritus of Arizona State University. Dr. Ruccolo was also an active contributor to the Arizona State Music Teachers Association, Piano Division between 1975-1985.
All students must perform two pieces of contrasting style, period, and tempo. All pieces will be performed from memory except in the case of chamber music groups. Instruments other than piano may perform individual movements from concertos. No repertoire changes are permitted. Performers who choose to disregard the repertoire guidelines will be disqualified.
- Time Limits: Both pieces will be performed within the time limit listed above. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
- Cuts: Any performances containing cuts will be disqualified. Exceptions to this will be in the orchestral reductions to concerto or operatic selections as long as the solo part is complete.
- Repeats: Repeats are optional.
- Variations: The entire set of variations will be performed (no cuts)
- Sonatas/Sonatinas: One movement will be considered one piece.
- Prelude & Fugue: If preludes or fugues are composed as a set, they must be performed as a set; one may not be performed without the other.
- Collections (i.e. character pieces, works with many different pieces put together as one): Selections from one collection or opus number by one composer (ie. Shostakovich Preludes, Op. 34; or Chopin Mazurkas, Op. 7) may be grouped at will. The total time of this grouping may not exceed the performance time of the other work submitted.
- Appropriate dress for the recital auditions and performances shall include:
- Dresses or skirts of adequate length (at least to the knee when seated). Dress pants are allowed, no jeans or tight pants.
- Apparel must be modest and non-revealing; no side slits, spaghetti straps, tank tops, backless or low-cut tops.
- Dress shirt and slacks.
- Ties, vests, bow ties, and/or suits are encouraged but not required.
- Dress shoes only; not sneakers, gym, tennis, boat shoes, platform shoes (soles greater than one inch), or flip-flops.
- Hair must be neat and out of the performer’s face.
- Teachers, students and parents must not engage in conversation with or identify themselves to judges at any time. Doing so will result in disqualification.
For More Information
Further questions regarding repertoire and competition procedure, please contact Honors Recital Co-Chair, Christopher Oill at email@example.com.