Solo Festival is an opportunity for all students to perform for comments and rating from a qualified judge outside GMMTA. This event is open to members’ students performing in the piano, instrumental or vocal categories. Students must perform two pieces. They may be selected from standard classical repertoire, or from teaching, pop, or religious material. Memorization is strongly encouraged, but is not a requirement. Certificates are awarded to each student participating and a seal will be added to the certificates of those students who have memorized their material.
The Pianothon is a major fund-raiser for scholarships funded by GMMTA. Performing at Town Center is a fun way to begin the Holiday Season. The piano is placed in a location selected by the mall for the weekend our students and teachers will be performing. Piano locations can change from year to year based on the mall’s holiday entertainment schedule. Members register for blocks of time in 15 minute increments with a maximum time of two (2) hours allowed for each studio. Most students perform holiday music, but that is not a requirement. In previous years, students have enjoyed playing solo and ensemble music.
In contrast to Solo Festival, which offers opportunities for students at all levels of ability to participate, Auditions are meant to be competitive. Students chosen by the judges who receive an Outstanding Performer certificate and pass the GATE theory test, will be allowed to proceed to Regional Auditions and then winners of those auditions will proceed to Georgia Music Teachers Association’s Auditions. Repertoire requirements are as stated for Solo Festival. The Judges for this event also choose the winners of the scholarships to be awarded that year.
GMMTA is presenting a “Spring Fling” this year. We invite all students to participate in this fun event. We have had Piano Ensemble Programs (Mini Monster), Theory Olympics, Jazz and Duet Programs and a Fall Fun Festival in past years. The Spring Fling will be a fun time for students, teachers and audience!
GMMTA has a Summer camp scholarship open to students of member teachers. Competitions for these scholarships are held in the early Spring of the year coinciding with GMMTA Auditions. This competition takes place every other year, on the odd year, beginning in 2017. A student who wishes to be considered for one of the awards must so state on the auditions registration form.