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In the theatre

Musical Theatre Festival

Historically held in Fall, this festival is organized in a master class format featuring music from the Musical Theatre genre.  Students experience performances of similar levels and a master teacher works with each student individually.  Students may opt to enter competitively for Winner and Honorable Mention placements per grade division.

Open to students studying voice.

Event Details

Event Date | October 28, 2023

Registration Deadline | October 16, 2023

Location | Fries Auditorium, WA State School for the Blind

Register students online.  Mail a check made payable to MTACC to the Festival Chair within one week with registration fees.

Opera Singer

Meet the Visiting Artists

Our Visiting Artists are highly trained, vetted, and passionate about community music education.  They love what they do and do what they love!

Karen Mallory holds BA & MS Degrees in Music Education from Portland State University, and recently completed Certification in Contemporary Music from Shenandoah University CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute in 2022, as well as YogaVoice® Teacher Certification in 2020. Karen has been teaching private music and voice for over 45 years, as well as at Pacific University, and K-12 general & choral music. Karen’s vocal performance career focused on and specialized in Contemporary Commercial Music in Nightclub/Pop/Rock venues singing as lead singer in multiple cover bands and musical theatre Cabarets. She is a requested vocal coach and clinician for music theatre companies, high school drama and choral departments, gives frequent master classes and performance workshops, and adjudicator for solo vocal music and music theater competitions and festivals. She is a longtime member of NATS, serving many positions as a Board member over a 10-year span while raising her two highly musical boys.

Festival Chairs

Have questions about the Musical Theatre Festival?  We have answers!

Festival Guidlines

Festival Guidelines

  • Festival hours are Saturday 9am-5pm

  • Teachers registering three or more students will be expected to assist with monitoring sessions

Registration Guidelines

  • All registrations to be submitted online

  • Please input your student's full name properly and correctly, as participation certificates will be printed using this information

  • Please input all repertoire information, including catalog number and key

  • All participants may enter the festival as competitive or non-competitive.  Memorization is required for competitive entries.  When entering the festival as non-competitive, the participant will not be considered for award placement.

  • Please mail checks made payable to MTACC to the Treasurer within one week of registration

Student Divisions

  • Please adhere to the following performance times: 

    • Children (K-3) | $15,  8 min (max 3 min performance time)

    • Lower Youth (Grades 4-5) | $20, 10 min (max 4 min performance time)

    • Upper Youth (Grades 6-8) | $22.50, 12 min (max 5 min performance time)

    • Lower High (Grades 9-10) | $25, 15 min (max 6 min performance time)

    • Upper High (Grades 11-12) | $25, 15 min (max 6 min performance time)

    • Collegiate | $25, 15 min (max 6 min performance time)

    • Recreational (19+) | $25, 15 min (max 6 min performance time)

    • Ensembles | $25, 15 min (max 6 min performance time)

  • An additional 5 minutes may be purchased for $8​

  • Students may perform up to two pieces from the same collection, as long as playing time does not exceed the maximum performance time (we recommend purchasing additional time to accommodate)

Student Eligibility

  • Student must have studied with a current MTACC teacher for a minimum of 6 months

  • If the student studies with more than one teacher, both teachers' names must be entered on the registration form

Teacher Eligibility

  • Teacher must be an MTACC member in good standing OR pay the non-member rate of $65 plus student fees

  • Teacher must be available to monitor for at least one session during the Festival

  • The Festival is run in a master class format.  The Visiting Artist will work with each student immediately following their performance

  • The Visiting Artist will award each group with a Winner and Honorable Mention.  The total number of awarded participants is at the judge's discretion

  • All participants will receive a certificate at the end of their session

  • Non-piano participants must provide his/her own accompanist

  • Please respect everyone's privacy.  No recordings (audio, video, or photography) will be permitted during the Festival


  • The Visiting Artist's decisions are final and he/she is not to discuss the results with anyone

  • Teachers are not allowed to ask the judge on the final results

  • The Visiting Artist will notify the Festival Chair with the award results at the end of the Festival

  • If teacher, student, or parent contact the judge regarding the final results, the participant will be disqualified

  • The Festival Chair will notify the teachers of results via email by Wednesday after the Festival.  Teachers must make arrangements to pick up the awards from the Festival Chair within two weeks after the Festival

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