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Piano Keys

Bach Festival


Chair: Nancy Shao

Co-chair: Angela Leu

Co-chair: Natalia Gubenko

Hospitality: Nicole Kouwabunpat

Region V Chair:Julie Nakamura


SCJBF General Chair: Pamela Worcester

Branch Festival Student Application <Payment Portal>
Deadline: February 11,  2023, 11:59pm PT

 Bach Festival

March 4, 2023



MTAC OCC participates in the Southern California Junior Bach Festival, which is a project to encourage the study of the music of J.S. Bach.  Branch Festivals are held annually, from which outstanding students are chosen to perform in the Regional Festivals and possibly the Complete Works Audition finals round.


Open to all keyboard and organ students. (Strings, winds and voice applicants, please refer to for separate festival information.)  There are no age categories, and no limit on the number of student entries per teacher.  The top 50% of students will be selected as medal winners, who will be eligible to compete in the SCJBF Regionals Festival (date and format TBD); and if warranted, honorable mentions at the discretion of the judges.  

  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE (application and payment of fees):  Saturday, February 11th, 2023 at 11:59pm

    • Application submission via (including repertoire entry)

      • $25 SCJBF site-usage fee 

    • Application fees are paid through <Payment Portal>

      • $40 per student

      • Applicants who are unable to pick up the results packet after completion of the festival and wish to have the results mailed, please pay the postage fee of $9.90 (USPS flat-rate priority mail).  The online link for postage payments will open at a later date, and instructions will be sent out via e-blast.

  • Results will be made available as soon as possible after completion of the festival.

The SCJBF Bach Region V Festival information will be announced at a later time.




  • Single movements or selections from a multi-movement work are accepted.

  • It is not necessary to enter with a complete work from the Complete Works Audition (CWA) List for the OCC Branch Bach festival or for Regionals, unless you wish to be eligible to compete in the finals round (CWA).  Teachers interested in the 2022 CWA list may find this on the SCJBF website.  *Please contact Julie Nakamura if you have any Regionals repertoire questions.

  • Teachers should not enter students in the Bach Festival who are performing the following works:

  • Works from the Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook, BWV Anh. 113–132

    • Students who are performing works from the Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook or by other Baroque composers should enter the MTACOCC Baroque Festival instead. Students may play in either the Baroque or the Bach Festival, but NOT BOTH.

  • Transcriptions other than those made by J.S. Bach from his own works.

  • Works by other Baroque composers.

  • Further information available here:




  • log-in/password:  You will need to use the same user name and password as when you first registered on  (This is not your teacher's log-in/password for the OCC branch website.)  If you do not remember your ID or password, please email Nancy at; please do NOT create another teacher ID!

  • Before registering your students via SCJBF, check the box that says, “I have read and I accept the rules that apply to students and teachers entering the Southern California Junior Bach Festival.”  Pay the one-time $25 website-usage fee.

  • Students you previously registered for the festival will still be listed under Student Profiles.  Please delete students who have graduated or are no longer your students.

  • Update your teacher info if necessary (such as a new email address).

  • To enter specific movements or selections of a multi-movement work, enter the piece in the “category” and then make the selection under “movement.”

  • It is important that you make your registration payment separately on  The payment link will appear soon under “Bach Festival”.



Category I – Short Preludes and Fugues

Category II – Various Dance Movements

Category III – Inventions and Sinfonias

Category IV – Duets

Category V – Well-Tempered Clavier, Bk. I

Category VI – Well-Tempered Clavier, Bk. II

Category VII – French Suites

Category VIII – English Suites

Category IX – Partitas / French Overture

Category X – Short Various Works

Category XI – Longer Various Works

Category XII – Toccatas

Category XIII – Goldberg Variations

Category XIV – Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue

Category XV – Italian Concerto, BWV 971

Category XVI – Sonatas

Category XVII – Organ

Category XXIII – Clavier Concerti 

Barch Festival Teacher Postage Fee link

If teachers are unable to pick-up their students’ awards after the completion of the festival and wish to have the result packet mailed, please pay the postage fee of $9.90 (USPS Priority Mail flat rate envelope) and type in your name and  address where you’d like the packet mailed.

(Postage Payment Link)

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