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Student Events, 2016–2017


The following general guidelines apply to all Hartford Chapter CSMTA youth and adult student programs and events. Teachers are expected to comply with these general guidelines, and with each program’s specific requirements. In order to assure fairness, exceptions may not be made.

Thanks and appreciation to all chairs, committees, and teachers whose effort and generous support make possible the success of Hartford Chapter’s many fine student events.

Youth Recitals

1st Youth Recital Sunday, November 13, 2:30 & 4:00 pm

Community Room of Avon Public Library

Registration postmark deadline: October 30
Houry Schmeizl and Stacy Cahoon, co-chairs
Registration form for the first youth recital.

2nd Youth Recital Saturday, February 11, 2017, 2:00 PM & 3:30 PM

Shawn’s Piano, West Hartford
Registration deadline: January 28
Registration form.

General Rules for all Youth Recitals

Adult Student Recitals

1st Adult Student Recital Friday, December 2, 7:00pm

Shawn's Piano
221 Newfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT

Registration Form for the First Adult Student Recital
Registration deadline: Nov. 18

2nd Adult Student Recital Friday, June 9, 7pm

Shawn's Piano
221 Newfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT

Registration deadline: May 26.
Registration form for the 2nd Adult Student Recital.

Young Composers Day

Young Composers 2016 Saturday, February 25, 2017, 4pm

Hilltop Covenant Church
82 Hicksville Rd
Cromwell, CT

Pre-college students of any age, level, or instrument, of teachers in any chapter, may participate in this Hartford Chapter event. Please submit original compositions, registration form, and $10 per student fee by February 14, to Carolyn Halsted, 18 McKenzie Street, Middletown, CT 06457.

Teachers, please write one check, payable to Hartford Chapter CSMTA, for all your participating students. Handwritten manuscripts must be in the student's own handwriting, and be legible and easy to photocopy. Computer-printed music must have 1” margins. Please orient the pages vertically. In deciding whether to have your student write by hand or print on computer, please choose the method that will provide the best learning experience. All compositions will be included in this year's composition.

For more information, contact gingryzkj@ckyrkegt.kjaCarolyn Halsted.

Registration Form for Young Composers Day

Spring Festival

Spring Festival 2017 March 25, 2017

Music of the Baroque

Asylum Hill Congregational Church
814 Asylum Avenue
Hartford, CT

Registration postmark deadline: February 18, 2017

Please mail registration forms to: Marianne Virgie, 15 Cobbler Way, Windsor, CT 06095.

Purpose: Spring Festival is offered in order to stimulate young local musicians to expand their repertoire and to strive towards excellence through an annual non-competitive event.

Structure: Spring Festival presents a four-year rotation through major periods of Western classical music: Baroque Period, Classical Period, Romantic and Impressionist Period, Modern and Contemporary Period. Spring Festival features solo division as well as duet division.

Eligibility: The teacher must be an active member of Hartford Chapter CSMTA. Students of ages 7 through 18 are eligible, with one exception: Students entering Hartford Chapter’s Select Students Compeition or Audrey Thayer Competition are NOT eligible to enter the solo divisions of Spring Festival. They are eligible to enter the duet division.

For more information and registration, see the Newsletter details.

Musician Achievement Program (MAP)

April 1, 2017

Asylum Hill Congregational Church
814 Asylum Avenue
Hartford, CT

MAP (Musicianship Achievement Program) is a guide to the study of music for the independent teacher to use for private students in the pre-college years. This well-integrated, non-competitive, state-wide program is designed to be flexible enough to serve the needs of all students without compromising high standards. The materials included at each of ten levels divide into the general areas of theory and performance. The written theory and aural awareness exams are required. The performance exam, consisting of keyboard skills and playing of two or three memorized pieces for a qualified judge, is optional. Certificates are awarded to all successful participants, and performers receive written evaluations and a pin. There are no rules governing age and level of participation. Students who have participated successfully for five years are awarded a plaque. See Guidelines and Rules for information.

The student is made to feel proud of her/his accomplishments. The teacher has another organizing and motivating tool to use. The parents are able to follow their child's progress at first hand and in close detail. All teachers are urged to consider MAP as a part of every student's course of study.

All participating students must be registered through their teachers, who are required to collect fees and send one check only for the total of their students' fees. Individual student registrations are not accepted, and will be returned. Please use the 2017 registration form to register students for MAP, which lists the current registration fees for each level. You may order the program materials for MAP using the order form.

Students unable to register for the Hartford Chapter MAP may wish to participate at one of the other sites. Use a separate registration form for each site.

This program cannot run without its teachers, and all teachers are expected to assist on MAP day. Please indicate your preferred time (morning or afternoon) on the registration form. For more information contact the Hartford Chapter MAP chair: qJmydayuiku@xejcqyb.secSuzan Korman: (860) 657-8284.

Select Students Competition

Select Students Piano Competition 2017 May 13, 2017, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

First Church of Christ
75 Main Street
Farmington, CT

Select Students Honors Recital May 27, 2017, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Flagg Road United Church of Christ
134 Flagg Road
West Hartford, CT

Registration postmark deadline: March 24, 2017

Purpose: The Select Students Competition’s purpose is to give talented and hardworking piano students a chance to compete to be selected for invitation to perform in the Select Students Recital. Winners are awarded trophies.


  1. Entrants must have studied with their teacher for at least 6 months prior to the competition.
  2. Teacher must be a member of the Hartford Chapter CSMTA; all dues paid by October 1, 2014.
  3. Students must be in Grades 2-12.
  4. There is a limit of 10 students for each teacher.
  5. Time limits are up to 5 minutes for grades 2 to 6, and up to 10 minutes for grades 7 to 12. Longer pieces will be allowed, although they may have to be cut off at the audition. If accepted by the judges, the student will perform the piece in its entirety at the recital. Shorter pieces of the same set by the same composer may be combined if they fit the time requirements. The judges reserve the right to eliminate any movements or numbers from the recital.
  6. Students who participate in Solo Divisions of Spring Festival or Audrey Thayer Piano Competition are NOT eligible to enter this event.

Select Students Competition Registration Forms.

Audrey Thayer Competition

Audrey Thayer Piano Competition 2017 May 6, 2017

38th Annual Competition

First Church of Christ
75 Main Street
Farmington, CT

Registration postmark deadline: March 25, 2017

Registration forms.

Winners’ Recital May 14, 2017

First Church of Christ
75 Main Street
Farmington, CT