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Theme Festival

MTAC-Orange Coast Cities Branch

Theme Festival 2023

Eastern European Composers

from the Classical & Romantic Periods

(Post-Romantic music is acceptable)
Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary , Moldova,

Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine

 Examples of possible composers include Chopin, Dvorak, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff.  


Festival Date & Location:
Sunday, November 5, 2023 @ Saddleback College


Application & Festival Deadline: 
Wednesday, October 4, 2023 @

Chair: Julie Nakamura

Co-chair: Gloria Liu Traulle'

Co--chair:  Natalia Gubenko


Hospitality: Jamie Park



Festival Administrator: Pam Worcester


The festival will be in-person, recital format at Saddleback College.  The online application deadline is October 4, 2023.  The fee is $40.00 per student; $70.00 per duet.  All fees are non-refundable. Only Students of MTAC OCC teachers may apply. 

(Note:  Students may enter either the Baroque Festival or the Bach Festival, but not both.)



Registration Instructions

Teachers must instruct students’ parents to register them online at and use PayPal to submit student fees.  

Theme Festival Rules:

  • The Festival is open to all levels of piano, instrumental, and voice students, both solos and ensembles.  Two pianos will only be available for duos with the combination of one grand and one upright piano if the chair is notified in advance. 


  • 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. 


  • Students are not allowed to enter two festivals with the same piece. 


  • 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 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.

Theme Festival Teacher Postage Fee link

Have the results packet mailed, please pay the postage fee of $8.00 (USPS Priority Mail flat rate envelope) and type in your name and address where you’d like the packet mailed.

(Postage Payment Link)

Theme Festival 2023 
Medal and Blue Ribbon winners
(please check programs for student numbers)

























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