The Mildred M. Gaddis Festival Guidelines
The festival guidelines link to the left holds the same info as below, but in printable format.
PURPOSE: To provide performance opportunities; to develop theoretical knowledge and musicianship, to encourage high teaching standards through adjudication and to encourage students through an award program.
AREAS: (see the end of the Festival Guidelines for general descriptions of each festival type)
Solo performances-piano, instrumental, vocal.
Ensemble performance-piano duets/duos/concertos, instrumental ensembles and vocal ensembles.
Accompanying-piano concertos, instrumental solos, vocal solos.
Theory-Musicianship-written skills, aural awareness, sight-reading, keyboard harmony/technique (differing requirements for instrumental/vocal students may be found on the page detail for the Theory/Musicianship festival).
Vocal: See further details on the Vocal Festival application form and Vocal page, though general vocal guidelines are also listed below.
ELIGIBILITY: Students of DSMTA and Delaware Music Educators Association (DMEA) members. There is a teacher registration fee of $50.00 for each festival for non-members.
Piano: preschool to adult.
Vocal: junior high school, high school, college and non-academic divisions for students over 18.
Solo and Vocal Festivals: $15.00 per student.
Piano Ensemble/Duo Festival: $15 per pair ($7.50 for each student)
Instrumental Solo and Ensembles: $15.00 (ensembles may divide the fee accordingly)
Theory Festival: $12.00.
All fees are non-refundable.
AWARDS: Students accumulate points toward trophies, which are awarded for each. 50 points earned, i.e. 50, 100, 150, 200. If a student does not participate in a festival for three (3) years, the points will expire.
Note: Students may earn additional points for helping at Festivals. The harder they work, the more points they earn, generally -3 points. They may also turn in a classical concert program with a few sentences written on what they liked or what interested them in the program for 2 trophy points.
Theory Festival Points
Written and Aural Points Keyboard and Sight-reading
95-100 5 Superior
90-94 4 Excellent
85-89 3 Very Good
80-84 2 Good
70-79 1 Fair
Solos, Ensemble & Concertos
Very Good 12
For plus add 2 points, for minus deduct 1 point.
Applications must be printed or typed by the teacher (no registrations accepted from students). Care should be used in spelling names and listing repertoire. Vocal and instrumental ensembles may be registered by their school music teachers. Ages of students and length of study must be shown. The student’s teacher/sponsor on the festival day must be the same as on the application (exceptions by DSMTA Board only). Forms are available here.
Applications must be copied by the teacher before sending to the chairman. The originals and one (1) copy must be in the hands of the festival chairman by the appropriate deadline. A transmittal sheet, also in duplicate, must accompany all applications. One check made out to DSMTA must be submitted by each teacher, covering all students being entered for each festival. For the Solo Festival, please list the total performance time for all students in the space provided on the transmittal form.
Note: A VOLUNTEER FORM MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH APPLICATONS FOR THE THEORY AND SOLO FESTIVALS.
See the Calendar of Events for festival deadlines. NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE DEADLINE.
REPERTOIRE: Please see the Festival Repertoire Guide in this handbook and on the DSMTA website (www.delawaremusicteachers.org ). It is provided only as a guide and is in no way intended to be a list of required pieces.
For the SOLO PIANO FESTIVAL students are required to play:
E-Elementary: Any 2 contrasting pieces. Each should be at least 16 measures.
LI- Lower Intermediate: 2 periods of Music History; at least one must be Baroque or Classical. No arrangements or popular music. Also see note in IA*.
IA- Upper Intermediate: Any 2 periods. No arrangements or popular music. *No arrangements for intermediate or advanced students, with the exception of standard literature such as Bach-Busoni or one of the Liszt transcriptions. Otherwise all repertoire must be in its original form.
A-Advanced: 2 musical periods or one complete sonata or a Baroque Suite. No arrangements. See above note*
NOTE: a jazz selection or a piece by an educational composer such as Bober, Gillock, Faber, Alexander, etc. is acceptable as a modern piece.
For the PIANO ENSEMBLE/DUO PIANO FESTIVALS, memorization is not required and students may play Duets, Duo Piano Pieces or Concerti. Ensemble partners may not be more than two levels apart. A teacher or other adult may not play with a student in the Duet or Duo events. However, they may accompany their students in a Concerto performance. Transcriptions of classical pieces are allowed in the duet category. Students should prepare:
Elementary: 2 or 3 contrasting pieces
Lower Intermediate: 2 contrasting pieces representing 2 music periods.
Upper Intermediate: 2 contrasting pieces representing 2 music periods, or a concerto movement.
Advanced: 2 contrasting pieces representing 2 music periods or a concerto movement.
For the VOCAL SOLO AND VOCAL ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL see requirements on a separate sheet with the Vocal Festival Application. If the accompanist wishes to be evaluated, include an “Application to Accompany”. An accompanist may be judged only once for playing the same selection.
Students may earn up to 20 points per year by being tested in the following
Areas: written skills, aural awareness, sight-reading Keyboard harmony/technique. Instrumental Students may take the written and aural areas. Vocal students may be tested in all four areas-contact the Vocal Festival Chairman.
Placement: Consult the preface to the DSMTA Theory Syllabus for placement of students. It is not mandatory for all areas to be tested at the same level. Students may take only one test in each of the four areas.
At certain aural levels, there is simple harmonic dictation based on the keyboard progression at that level; therefore, pianists should prepare their keyboard work before taking aural tests.
Theory Materials: Theory materials may be printed from the website or ordered by mail. Please see the theory order form.
GENERAL FESTIVAL INFORMATION:
Solo Festivals: The Solo Festivals are an opportunity for students to play/sing in front of a single judge with or without a small audience (family may sit in). Students should plan approximately 30-45 minutes to park, check-in at their rooms, and play. Students may request either Saturday or Sunday on their applications (or early afternoon/late afternoon if it takes place all on one day), and will receive the specific time approximately 2-3 weeks in advance. All levels encouraged. See repertoire requirements for each level.
Theory: The Theory Festival is an opportunity for piano, voice, and instrumental (see guidelines for instrumental) students to demonstrate their skills in various areas of musical theory (see below). Students should plan approximately 60 minutes to park, play for their listening teachers, and take their written exams. Students may request AM or PM times on their applications, and will receive the specific time approximately 2-3 weeks in advance. All levels encouraged—see syllabus for level requirements.
Ensemble: The Ensemble Festivals are an opportunity for students to play with a partner (or more) in front of a single judge with or without a small audience (family may sit in). Students should plan approximately 30-45 minutes to park and play for their listening teachers. Students will receive the specific time approximately 2-3 weeks in advance. All levels encouraged. See repertoire requirements for each level.
Parents and friends are encouraged to attend performances to promote a festive atmosphere and motivate students to do their best. However, in order to maintain an atmosphere conducive to a student’s best performance, and to comply with Music Teachers National Association rules, no cameras or recording equipment are allowed in the performance rooms.
Changes: If a repertoire change must be made after the application has been submitted, the room monitor may be notified on Festival day and will instruct the judges. Selections may be played in order of student’s preference, not necessarily as on the application form.
Photocopied music is not allowed and will result in disqualification. Only out of print music may be photo copied and presented to the judge with a letter of permission from the publisher. Computer generated music is acceptable if proof of an official download is printed on the music.
Students may remain in the same level more than one year for solo and ensemble festivals. Theory students should refer to Theory Syllabus for score listings and level requirements.