Contemporary Festival/Pre-Contemporary Festival

Chair: Phyllis Carr

The purpose of the musical period festivals is to introduce our students to the distinct eras of composers and their styles and to see how music has evolved over time.  This is a festival where students compete against a standard of excellence.  Students will perform for an adjudicator and will be judged on their ability to represent musically what the composer has indicated in the composition.  The process is designed to elevate the student’s level of artistry, including polish, performance style, accuracy, interpretation and other musical qualities.  Students will not be judged against one another.  The 2017 festival will feature music from the Contemporary Era (20th and 21st centuries.)

The Pre-Contemporary Festival is for students who haven’t reached this level.  Students may play one piece of their choice.  There will be no adjudication in this category.  Guidelines are below.


Saturday, April 1, 2017
Estimates due to Phyllis Carr- March 1, 2017
Registration deadline – March 10, 2017


Morning and Afternoon Recitals


We will be in the West Wing of the newest building at Sagemont Church.  The room number is 1113.


Pre-Contemporary Festival Repertoire:

  • Students may play one piece of their choice.
  • Must be original piece. No arrangements or simplified versions.
  • Pieces from Performance books in method series are acceptable.
  • Ribbons will be awarded to participant.

Contemporary Festival Repertoire:

  • Features music from the Contemporary Era.
  • Music must be classical contemporary literature. May include Kabalevsky, Debussy, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Khachaturian, Gillock, MacDowell, etc.
  • No jazz pieces. This includes the works of Gershwin and Gillock.
  • No arrangements of any kind.


  • Projects may be submitted and will be adjudicated.
  • Topic is an art form in the 20th or 21st This may include music, art, poetry, or drama.
  • Projects must be able to be displayed on a table.
  • Ribbons will be awarded. Categories will be announced.

Teachers only: Registration


Concert dress. Girls: nice dress or skirt/blouse and dressy flat shoes. No strapless or spaghetti straps. No nail polish. Boys: suit and tie or dress shirt and tie, dress pants and dress shoes. Sneakers, jeans, t-shirts, flip-flops or backless shoes are not allowed.


  • Each student must provide original sheet music with measures numbered for the judge.
  • No music is required for students in the Pre-Contemporary Festival.
  • No photocopies will be allowed.
  • Time limit is 5 minutes per student.
  • Judges’ decisions are final.
  • Performances are open to the public. Parents, friends and family members are welcome to attend.  We encourage you to listen.  Each recital will last about 45 minutes.
  • Students must stay for their entire recital.


  • Ribbons will be awarded to students performing in the Pre-Contemporary Festival.
  • Medals will be awarded to students performing in the Contemporary Festival.
  • Ribbons will be awarded to students entering projects.