Four Forms Festival February 22 & 23, 2020

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 10, 2020 at the AMTA meeting Aurora Central Library.
     * Registration Form   AMTA FFF 2020 Registration Form

      * Evaluation Form
              Piano:  2020 Evaluation Form Piano
              Violin:  2020 Evaluation Form Violin
      * Payment: One Check per Studio
Competition Date & Location: 
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Calliope Music Studios
2600 S. Parker Road  Building 7, Suite  170  
Aurora, CO  80014           
Honors Recital Date & Location:
Sunday, February 23, 2020:  2:00 pm
Location:  Wash Park UCC Sanctuary
400 S. Williams St.
                  Denver, CO  80209
Parking:  Do not park on streets by UCC.
Park in lot at corner of S. Williams St. and E. Dakota Ave. across from church.

Students of AMTA Members:

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

Levels 1-3  $35.00      
Levels 4-8  $40.00
Beginning Level  $35.00    
Intermediate and Adv. $40.00
Teacher entry fee is $35/studio no matter how many student participate.

AMTA FFF 2020 Registration Form

2020 Evaluation Form Piano
2020 Evaluation Form Violin
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.

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 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.

By entering students in this festival, all teachers, whether AMTA members, or non-AMTA teachers, agree to comply with the FFF Standing Rules: 
Standing Rules
1. All registration forms and fees must be submitted to the Four Forms Festival Chair at the January 10, 2020 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:
    LEVELS 1-5:
     Perform a work in it’s entirety, unless otherwise indicated.
     Memorize all parts of work that will be performed.
     LEVEL 6:
     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.
     Theme and Variations:
            1. Repertoire Requirements:
                The Theme and four Variations must be performed.
            2.  Memorization:
                 The Theme and two variations must be memorized.
                 Additional variations may be performed with music.
             1. Repertoire Requirements:
                 Three selections from the Suite collection must be performed.
            2. Memorization:
                Two selections must be memorized.
                Additional selections may be performed with music.
     LEVEL 7:
            All rules remain the same as LEVEL 6, with this exception:
            Maximum performance time limit is 15 minutes.
    LEVEL 8:
            All rules remain the same as LEVEL 7, with this exception:
            Maximum performance time limit is 20 minutes.
4. Students who have graduated from high school will play for adjudication only.
5. Students who cannot fulfill the memorization requirements are allowed to play for adjudication only, and will not be eligible for consideration for the Honors Recital.

Adult students may participate in the FFF for adjudication purposes only.
They will not be eligible to perform in the Honors Recital.
7. Photocopies of music are not allowed.  Each measure must be numbered.
8.  Teachers will be contacted on the evening of the auditions as to the results of the auditions. 
Teachers are responsible for informing their students of the audition results. 
Teachers must immediately inform the Chair of any Honors Reciatl students who are unable to perform at the recital.
Teachers with students invited to the recital will bring 2 dozen cookies and will help with set-up and take-down of the recital venue.
9. Although judges are encouraged to choose the maximum number of winners for each level, but are not required to so so.

REPERTOIRE LISTS 2020 remain the same as the 2018 revised lists below:
Piano FFF Repertoire list all levels rvsd 2018
Violin FFF Repertoire list rvsd 2018
Flute FFF Repertoire Listrvsd 2018

2020 FFF Letter of Invitation

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

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 PerformanceEtiquette when attending all AMTA related recitals.
Please inform your students and their families of these protocols.