Mary WilliamsPiano Studio

ATLANTA MUSIC FESTIVAL (formally MusicFest)

Sunday, February 10, 2019

England Pianos
3740 Dekalb Technology Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30340
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The Atlanta Music Teachers Association annual piano festival is designed to give students of all ages, levels and abilities the opportunity to perform and be evaluated for an impartial judge, and given positive reinforcement, so that they will be encouraged to continue their musical studies. First year beginners will find it just as rewarding as advanced students.

It is important for musicians to receive constructive criticism from sources other than their teacher. Feedback from the festival judges supplies the students with ideas to better improve their playing, and gives the teacher perspective from an outside source.

Each student, dressed in appropriate concert attire, is to arrive twenty minutes before their allotted performance time for check-in. Bring your music, with measures numbered. Upon arrival, head straight to the check-in desk. The student will then be shown to a practice piano for warm up. This warm up should be brief, as they will be expected to have done a full practice session at home before coming.

When the student performs for the judge, it will be just the student and the judge in the piano room, offering a completely different performance experience from the recital setting. When the student walks into the piano room, she/he should hand the music to the judge, inform the judge which tune is going to be played first, and then get situated at the piano. No bowing in this type of performance setting. After playing, the student should thank the judge.

Once their performance is complete, head back to the registration desk for check-out, and they will receive a certificate of participation with the appropriate rating.

Please remind the students that the judge will be very friendly and will be excited to hear the student play. This experience is meant to create another positive performance experience.

Here is a list of participating students and their assigned times:

Alex 1:43pm
Margaret 1:47pm
Anneliese 1:51pm
Asena 2:03pm










AUDITIONS

AMTA Local, GMTA Regional, and GMTA State Auditions. Happen every spring for qualifying students, grades 4-12. This is an opportunity to play two pieces of contrasting styles for a judge, rated appropriately, with the chance to advance on to another level.

Local Auditions will be held at Georgia State University in the Standard Building on February 24. Regional Auditions will be held at Agnes Scott on March 16. State Auditions will take place at UGA on March 20.

More details to follow.









PERFORMANCE PARTY

Friday, May 3, 2019, 4:30-5:30p
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Before every large Studio Recital, we have our Performance Party. This gives the student a chance to perform in front of their peers in a casual, relaxed environment before the big event. Like a dress rehearsal without getting all gussied up! This party also allows for the pianists to get to know each other better, encourage each other, and overall develop a stronger music community.

The Performance Party is invaluable for performance preparation, so attendance is mandatory, and each student is required to stay for the entire party.

Please have the students arrive promptly at 4:30pm, with a beverage. Pizza and dessert will be served.










SPRING RECITAL

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 3pm
Holy Trinity Parish
515 E. Ponce de Leon Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030
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Spring is here again! Let's celebrate this beautiful season with a recital packed with interesting music of all genres. Holy Trinity Parish is once again graciously hosting us, so there is plenty of room for friends and family to attend. Let's pack those pews!

Please arrive at least 20 minutes early to warm up on the piano and get situated before the recital begins. Additionally, please bring something to share for our reception following the recital.

I'm certain you will be impressed with the progress these students have made even since our last Winter Recital. These performers are in full bloom, and I'm loving it! We cannot wait to share our passion for music with all who attend. See you there!!!!