December 5 @ 9:00 am – December 7, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Registration deadline: December 2 @ 6:00 am

Location: Choose

Students of member teachers: $30. Students of non-member teachers: $30 plus $50 non-member teacher fee

Student receives:  Critique, Certificate & Ribbon

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  1. To encourage, support, and provide opportunities for students desiring to participate in collaborative music making.
  2. To provide an event where piano ensembles, mixed ensembles and concerto soloists can be evaluated according to high standards and receive constructive criticism.
  3. To serve as a preparatory event for students who may desire to participate in ensemble or concerto contests at the state (TMTA) or national (MTNA) level.


  1. Any ADMTA member may enter an ensemble in any of the FOUR categories, designating himself or herself as coach of that ensemble. Non-ADMTA members may also enter an ensemble, but will be charged a fee to do so.
  2. Please note additional comments about eligibility concerning instrumental/piano and vocal/piano duos in the festival rules.
  3.  Special needs students in an ensemble for pecmc: the judging criteria, possible rating and award as outlined for special needs students is followed for all participants in an ensemble that has at least one student registered as special  needs. Those students who are not special needs in the ensemble may still enter other ensembles up to the maximum allowed per category.


  1. ADMTA teacher/coach pays no extra entry fee to enroll a group in PECMC Festival.
  2. Non-ADMTA teacher/coach pays $50 to enroll a group in Ensemble Festival.
  3. All ensembles, whether an entrant of a member or non-member teacher coach, pay $30 flat fee, regardless of the number of ensemble members.
  4. Each pair or group of students regardless of the category pays the $30 flat fee.
  5. NOTE: accompanists for Category Four (Concerto) do NOT have to register or pay an entry fee.


ONE: Piano Duet or Trio: 4 or 6 hands at one keyboard
TWO: Piano Duo or Double Duo: 4 or 8 hands at two keyboards
THREE: Chamber Ensemble with Piano: from 2 to 6 players, including keyboard
FOUR: Concerto: one soloist, one accompanist playing orchestral part


  1. All ensembles must pay the standard entry fee. In Categories One, Two and Three a parent or adult other than the student’s teacher may perform with the student. In Category Four (Concerto) a student may be accompanied by his or her own teacher.
  2. Any individual student may enter multiple ensembles in EACH category. However, a student in categories ONE & TWO who enters multiple ensembles must be with at least one different student in each ensemble.
  3. Ensembles that receive a Superior Plus rating are qualified to perform on a subsequent Honors Recital. However, in the honors recital no student may play more than 3 times and each time they must be with at least ONE different student in the ensemble.  Only one set of points towards local student awards will be awarded to a student even if all of the student’s ensembles perform on an Honors Recital.
  4. No student gets more than a TOTAL of one set of points regardless of the number of entries and even if more than one category entered.  They should claim the set of points that represents their highest rating.
  5. Categories ONE and TWO are limited to pianists only. Instrumental/piano and vocal/piano pairs may enter as Chamber Ensembles under Category THREE, subject to repertoire requirements (see below).
  6. Chamber Ensemble (Category Three) pairs described in Rule 5 may NOT consist of a student and his/her teacher, or a student and a paid professional accompanist. Concerto soloists in Category Four, however, may perform with paid professional accompanists or their own teachers. 


  1. The normal requirement for each ensemble is one selection or one movement (if a multi-movement composition). Two movements or pieces may be performed if the total timing of the program is four minutes or less. There is no upper time limit, but ensembles whose performances run more than ten minutes may be stopped at the discretion of the judge. NOTE: In Category Four, Concertos, only one movement may be performed. The maximum time allowed for selections will be fifteen minutes.
  2. Piano Duets (4 hands at one keyboard) and Duos (4 hands at two keyboards): original literature written for these combinations is preferred, but arrangements are allowed at the discretion of the Festival Chair. Arrangements that are abbreviations or simplifications of more difficult compositions for the same medium are NOT permitted.  Solo piano concertos with orchestral reductions are not eligible in this category, but must enter in Category Four. No cuts may be made to a score, other than omitting repeats for reasons of time.
  3. Music for 6 or 8 hands, at one or two keyboards: Arrangements are permitted. Parts may not be doubled. No cuts may be made to a score, other than omitting repeats for reasons of time.
  4. Chamber ensembles (Category THREE): Selections must be written as chamber music, with one player to a part. The piano part may not be an orchestral reduction; i.e. concertos are not permitted in this category. Original literature is preferred, but transcriptions and arrangements may be allowed at the discretion of the chair.  Arrangements must not be simplifications of more difficult works. Only published arrangements are allowed. If necessary other instruments may be substituted for the ones indicated in the original score.  For this purpose only can a part may be transposed.  No other changes or cuts may be made, except omitting repeats for reasons of time.
  5. Concertos (Category Four) are defined as compositions originally scored for solo instrument and orchestra. “Student concertos” where an actual orchestration is not extant, but that are written in the style of such works, may be acceptable subject to the approval of the chair.  Teachers should notify the chair if they plan to enter such a composition.  Only one movement of a concerto may be entered.  Cuts may be made in lengthy orchestral interludes for reasons of time; no cuts may be made to the solo part. Cadenzas must be prepared if called for by the original composer.
  6. Memorization is not required for Categories One, Two, and Three. Concerto soloists in Category Four must memorize their part; memorization is not required for the accompanist playing the orchestral part.
  7. Once the repertoire is submitted, no changes may be made without the permission of the chair.


  1. An original copy of a full score (or keyboard reduction for Category Four concertos) MUST be provided for the judge. The measures in this copy should be numbered at the beginning of each system.
  2. Performers in Chamber Ensembles (Category THREE) must provide their own stands. A teacher, coach, or other adult may assist with setting up the ensemble.


  1. Check the Honors Recital section for dates, deadlines and chairs under the recitals section.

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