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Romantic + 20th Century Festival

This annual festival is organized in a master class format featuring music of the Romantic and 20th Century eras.  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 piano, strings, and voice.

Event Details

Event Dates | November 4-5, 2023

Registration Deadline | October 20, 2023

Piano + Strings Location | Portland Piano Company

Voice Location | 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.

Dr. Kathy Edsill-Charles

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!

Festival Guidlines

Festival Guidelines

  • Festival hours are Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 1-5pm

  • 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 participate will not be considered for award placement.

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

Student Divisions

  • Please adhere to the following performance times: 

    • Children (Grades K-3) | $15, 8 min (max 3 min performance time and two pieces)​

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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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