Student Events

FCMTA sponsors several student events per year, as follows:

  • Halloween Recitals
  • Ensemble Festival
  • Holiday Performance
  • MSMTA Theory Testing
  • MSMTA Keyboard Musicianship Testing
  • Sonatina/Sonata Festival
  • Frederick Festival of the Arts

Each event is described below:

Halloween Recitals

Halloween Recitals are entry-level recitals for young students. Music should be theme appropriate. Memorization is not required. The students may wear their Halloween costumes. Certificates of participation are awarded.

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Ensemble Festival

Ensemble Festival is a series of non-adjudicated recitals of ensemble performances. At least one performer in each ensemble must be a student of a current FCMTA teacher. Parents, teachers, and friends are welcome to join the ensemble. Students perform up to two pieces, within the given time allotted. Music does not have to be memorized. Students of FCMTA teachers are invited to join a “Group Ensemble Class” between recitals, which will include fun activities and improvised performances in an ensemble setting.

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Holiday Performance

Holiday Performance comprises one or more recitals that take place at one of Frederick’s assisted-living facilities.  Memorization is not required.  The goal of this event is to bring the joy of music and children into the lives of senior citizens.

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MSMTA Theory Testing

MSMTA Theory Testing is a state-wide program.  One event is held in Frederick County.  Students are prepared in music theory, ear-training, reading, etc. as outlined in the MSMTA Student Activities Handbook.

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MSMTA Keyboard Musicianship Testing

MSMTA Keyboard Musicianship Testing is a state-wide program.  One event is held in Frederick County.  Students are prepared in various areas of keyboard playing, as outlined in the MSMTA Student Activities Handbook.

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Sonatina/Sonata Festival

Sonatina/Sonata Festival is a series of adjudicated recitals.  Students perform one sonatina or sonata movement and one contrasting piece.  Both pieces are to be memorized.  The teacher assigns the difficulty level.  Certificates of Participation are awarded and the judges’ comments are given to the teachers.

NOTE!  The 2021 Sonatina / Sonata Festival will differ in many respects from the event's description above. 

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Frederick Festival of the Arts

This event takes place annually over a weekend in downtown Frederick.  Our goals for this event are to provide a performance opportunity for students and to promote public awareness and understanding of FCMTA.

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