Four Forms Festival February 23 & 24, 2019

Carol Condit, Co-Chair:    
Mary Vanderslice, Co-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 Honors Recital the following day with an awards ceremony.

Registration Deadline: 
Friday, January 11, 2019 at the AMTA meeting
Bring to AMTA meeting at the Aurora Central Library

Competition Date & Location: 
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Calliope Music Studios

2600 S. Parker Road  Building 7, Suite  170  
Aurora, CO  80014          
Honors Recital Date & Location:
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Wash Park UCC
400 S. Williams St.

Denver, CO

Students of AMTA Members:


Levels 1-3  $25.00 
Levels 4-8  $30.00  
Flute and Violin
Beginning Level  $25.00      
Intermediate and Adv. $30.00
Students of Non-AMTA Members:
Levels 1-3  $35.00      
Levels 4-8  $40.00

Flute & Violin: 
Beginning Level  $35.00    
Intermediate and Adv. $40.00
Teacher entry fee is $35/studio no matter how many student participate.

2019 FFF Registration Form

2019 Evaluation Form Piano
2019 Evaluation Form Violin 
2019 Evaluation Form Instrumentalist
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. 

By entering students in this festival, all teachers, whether AMTA members, or non-AMTA teachers, agree to comply with the FFF Standing Rules:  2019 Standing Rules FFF Standing Rules
1. All registration forms and fees must be submitted to the Four Forms Festival Chair at the January 11, 2019 AMTA meeting on the registration deadline date.
Non-AMTA teachers will be charged a flat fee of $35 to enter students, no matter how many students are entered. Students of non-AMTA teachers will pay the registration fees according to the website postings above.
2. All participating teachers must:
Complete and return registration form on time.
Complete and return evaluation forms for each student at time of registration deadline.
Write their directory number on the back of each evaluation form in the upper right hand corner.
Help with Festival jobs on the day of the festival.
Be responsible for communicating all necessary information to their students.
Be responsible for proofreading the student schedule and notifying scheduler of corrections.
Choose repertoire from the approved Four Forms Repertoire List.
Submit new repertoire for consideration to the Chair by September 30th.
3. To compete in the Four Forms Competition, students must follow these rules according to LEVEL:
Perform a work in it’s entirety, unless otherwise indicated.
Memorize all parts of work that will be performed.
A Maximum Performance Time Limit of 12 minutes will be upheld.
Students will be unequivocally stopped at the maximum performance time limit, but will not be penalized for incompletion. Only the memorized sections of a work are eligible for the Honors Recital Performance.
Performance and memorization for Level 6 students, of a work according to the form, is listed below.:
Sonata and Sonatinas:
1. Repertoire Requirements:
Minimum of two movements must be performed.
All movements of the Sonata need not be performed, unless there are only
two movements.
2. Memorization:
The first Movement must be memorized.
Additional movements may be performed with music.
Prelude and Fugue:
1. Repertoire Requirements:
Prelude and Fugue will be performed in it’s entirety.
2. Memorization:
Either the Prelude or the Fugue must be memorized.
Student may use music on the selection which is not memorized.

2018/2019 Piano FFF Repertoire list all levels Rvsd 2018
2018 Piano FFF Repertoire list all levels
2018 Violin FFF Repertoire list
2018 Flute FFF Repertoire List

2019 FFF Letter of Invitation
 2019 FFF Parent Letter Final


To help prepare students, teachers may find this monthly timeline helpful

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.

2018 Festival Photos:






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