Sonatina/Sonata Festival 2023

Date:  Saturday, March 11, 2023.

Chairpersons:  Jennifer Lipetzky (Email) and Christel Meyerle (Email).

Location:  Frederick Community College, Visual and Performing Arts Center, 7932 Oppossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702.

Time:  All day; individual times to be announced two weeks before the Festival. 

Fee: $20 per student.

Each teacher must be a member of FCMTA. Teachers, please write one check from your studio (payable to FCMTA) for the total fees, and send to Cindy Taylor, 904 Twin Oak Court, Frederick, MD 21701 by February 18, 2023. Alternatively, fees may be sent via PayPal as follows: 1Go to; 2-Select “Send money to a friend”;  3-Enter:; 4-Enter your information.

Deadlines: Registration forms must be submitted electronically to by February 18, 2023. See below for a link to the registration form.

NOTE:  Students must register through their teachers.

Description: FCMTA will host its 16th Annual “Sonatina/Sonata Festival” this year. This is an opportunity for piano students to perform a selection from the vast repertoire of Sonatinas and Sonatas, as well as a contrasting piece. Students will be placed into groups of about 12 students, and will perform in a recital-like format, while a piano adjudicator evaluates their performance. All students will receive a written evaluation by the adjudicator as well as a Certificate of Participation.

Students must play one sonatina or sonata movement and one contrasting piece of the teacher’s choice. The contrasting piece must be in a contrasting style and time period (exception: at the Elementary and Late Elementary levels the second piece may be from the same period, but it should contrast in style). The contrasting piece should at the same level of difficulty as the sonatina or sonata movement. (The teacher may choose to use any edition of the music, but the music must remain intact; no simplified or shortened versions will be acceptable.)

The student’s repertoire must not exceed 10 minutes, total, for levels up to the Advanced Level. The Advanced Level time limit is 15 minutes. It is not a requirement that all music be memorized but it is preferred. Students who use music will have points deducted but may still participate. Each student is to have his/her copy of the original music ready to present to the adjudicator. If music is not memorized the student will need two original copies of the music (one for the adjudicator and one for the student). Students with photocopied music, either for the adjudicator or themselves, will be DISQUALIFIED from the Festival.  However, music produced from CD files, procured from public domain sources such as Petrucci Music Library ( or electronically purchased music is acceptable.

Repeats are generally not to be taken in the sonata or sonatina movement, except for short repeats (8 – 16 measures), or for balance of the form. At the discretion of the teacher, repeats may be used in the contrasting piece if it serves to enhance the music. Both D.C. and D.S. should be taken as indicated. Keep the time limit in mind when deciding about repeats.

Teachers and Parents, click here to view this year’s Information Sheet.

Teachers, click here to view this year’s Parental Consent Form, along with other associated information. Teachers should print this page out and distribute, one to each student to be entered.

Teachers, click here for the online sign-up sheet for registering students.