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Baroque Festival

MTAC-OCC Baroque Festival

Chair: Susan Wong

Co-chair: Maurita Eberly Hanford

Festival Administrator: Pamela Worcester

MTAC-OCC Baroque Festival 2024

Sunday, February 11th

The festival will be in-person, recital format at Saddleback College.  The online application deadline is January 19, 2024.  The fee is $40.00 per student; $70.00 per duet.  All fees are non-refundable. Only Students of MTAC OCC teachers may apply. 


Performance Time Limit: 5 minutes

Application Fee: $40 per performer; $70 for duets

Baroque Festival Rules:

  • The Baroque Festival is open to all levels of piano, instrumental, and voice students, both solos and ensembles.

  • Students will receive awards of medals, ribbons, and certificates based entirely on adjudicators’ decisions.  Students are separated into the following age categories:  ages 11 and under, ages 12-14, ages 15-18, and adult.  The top 25% of students in each age category receive 1st Place Medals, the next 25% of students in each category receive 2nd Place Blue Ribbons, the next 25% of students receive Honorable Mention Red Ribbons, and the next 25% receive a Yellow Participation Ribbon. 

  • Teachers are limited to 8 students each.  Contributory Members may NOT enter students.  Adult students are not included in the 8 student max. 

  • Each student must actually study with the teacher who is entering him/her in the festival, and should have studied with the teacher for six months prior to the festival, unless permission is given by the previous teacher, or the teacher change was necessary because of a geographic move.

  • There is a five minute time limit per performer.  Pieces longer than five minutes may be ended by the presider. 

  • A maximum of two pieces per student are allowed only if they are by the same composer and from the same collection.  Each piece must be under two minutes in length.

  • All music must be memorized with the exception of duets, ensembles, and accompaniments.   

  • Music should be in its original form NOT simplified or transcribed. 

  • No keyboard concerti will be allowed.

  • Grounds for festival disqualification include failure to bring music for the judges, bringing photocopied music, performance of a piece other than the piece entered, and incomplete or inaccurate entry applications.  Accompanists must use the original music (no copies).  

  • Teachers may not accompany their own students.

  • Parents may only videotape their son or daughter’s performance. Videotaping of the entire recital program will NOT be allowed.        

  • Teachers are expected to work at the festivals in which they have entered students; failure to do so may result in a monetary fine or other penalties.

Baroque 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 $9.65 (USPS Priority Mail flat rate envelope) and type in your name and  address where you’d like the packet mailed.

2024 Results


103   107   109   111   112   113   201   203   

   206   208   209   211   214   216   217   218

Blue Ribbons:

102  104   106   108   202

205   207   212   213   215

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