Four Forms Festival

Carol Condit, Chair:    

Designed as an informal competition, AMTA’s Four Forms Festival provides students the opportunity to prepare one selection from the repertoire list and perform for a judge.  Winners are invited to perform in the Recital the following day with an awards ceremony.

2019 FESTIVAL DETAILS:    Please check back this September 2018
Date:   TBD

Location:  TBD

2018 Festival Photos:




Piano:  Levels 1-3  $25.00    Levels 4-8  $30.00  

Flute and Violin:  Beginning Level  $25.00       Intermediate and Adv. $30.00                                      

2019 Registration fees for non-AMTA Member Students are:
Piano: Levels 1-3  $35.00      
             Levels 4-8  $40.00

Flute & Violin:  Beginning Level  $35.00    
                             Intermediate and Adv. $40.00
Additionally, non-AMTA Teachers are charged a flat entry fee of $35 regardless of the number of students entered.

By entering students in this festival, all teachers, whether AMTA members, or non-AMTA teachers, agree to comply with the FFF Standing Rules:  FFF StandingRules for 2018

TEACHER TIMELINE:  To help prepare students, teachers may find this monthly timeline helpful:  FFF TIMELINE for TEACHERS

ALthough the 2018 FESTIVAL has come and gone, we will post pictures from the event the later part of March 2018.

Registration Deadline:  Friday, January 12, 2018    
                                                 2018 FFF REGISTRATION FORM rvsd

Festival Date:  Saturday, February 24, 2018
Location:             Calliope Music Studios         
                              2600 S. Parker Rd., Bldg. 7, Suite 170     Aurora, CO 80014
Winners’ Recital Date:  Sunday, February 25, 2018   at 2:00 pm.

Recital Location:        Washington Park United Church of Christ
                                        400 S Williams St  Denver CO, 80209

2018 EVALUATION FORMS:        
Piano FFF Evaluation Form
Violin FFF Evaluation Form
Instrumentalist FFF Evaluation Form
Teachers be sure to write your AMTA directory number on the back of the registration form in the upper right hand corner on each  form.  Non-AMTA teachers will write their initials in a box  on the back of the form.  ALL EVALUATION forms are turned in at time of registration deadline. 

Piano FFF Repertoire list all levels
Violin FFF Repertoire list
Flute FFF Repertoire List

FFF 2018 Letter of Invitation
 2018 FFF Parent Letter Final

2018 Final Teacher letter 2018

Students must enter at a specified level and perform from memory a selection from the leveled repertoire list (see below).  Included in the repertoire list are the four forms:  sonatas/sonatinas, suites, theme and variations, and prelude and fugues.  Judges give written comments and signed certificates for each student and select winners and honorable mentions who perform the following day at the Winners Recital Awards Ceremony.  For piano, there are eight levels in which to enter.  For violin and flute, the levels include beginning, intermediate, and advanced.

Depending on the level, students must memorize an entire work, such as a sonatina, or a percentage of the work.  Our 2016 festival is open to piano, violin, and flute students only.  Leveling is not age dependent.  Piano students chosen as winners must advance to the next level the following year. 

The Four Forms Festival is the only competition sponsored by AMTA exclusively.  Students compete against one another within the level in which they have entered.
Winners are chosen by the listening judge who may choose more than one winner depending on the number of entrants. 

Each student receives a written evaluation of their performance.  Judges include positive suggestions for improvements and offer additional comments to guide student and teacher alike.  See forms below.  Teachers are responsible for preparing evaluation forms for each of their students.  These forms are turned in at the same time as the registration form.  Be sure to write your directory number on the back of each form in the upper right hand corner.  If you are not sure of your directory number, contact Cynthia Allor.

Judges choose which movement, or selection for the winner to perform at the recital.  Due to time, entire pieces are not performed at the recital. Winners are awarded medals.  Honorable Mentions are encouraged to attend the recital in the event that a winner is unable to attend.  All Honorable Mentions receive ribbons. 

NOTE: Students and their families are expected to observe AMTA Student Recital Audience Etiquette & AMTA Student Recital Performance Etiquette when attending all AMTA related recitals.
Please inform your students and their families of these protocols.

Here are some of the Winners and Honorable Mentions from the 2017 Festival:

Level 6 winner, Vince Nguyen performs Firdowsi’s Dream from L’Attides & Longitudes by Grace Christus.  He is a student of Grace Christus.

 Level 4 winner, Portia Ewing performs Kuhlau Sonatina, Op. 55, No. 1 .  She is a student of Evan Pilate.    

Here is the program for the Honor’s Recital Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017:
Honors Recital program