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Student Events, 2017–2018


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 Saturday, October 28, 2017, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Shawn’s Piano, 221 Newfield Avenue #1, Hartford, CT 06106

Registration postmark deadline: October 8
Registration form for the first youth recital.

2nd Youth Recital February 24, 2018

Avon Public Library
281 Country Club Rd, Avon

General Rules for all Youth Recitals

Animal-Themed Recital

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, 1 pm

Shawn’s Piano, 221 Newfield Avenue #1, Hartford, CT 06106

Registration postmark deadline: Nov. 1, 2017
Registration form for the first youth recital.

Animal Piece list.

Adult Student Recitals

1st Adult Student Recital Friday, December 1, 2017, 7 pm

Shawn's Piano
221 Newfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT

Registration Form for the First Adult Student Recital
Registration deadline: Nov. 17

2nd Adult Student Recital Friday, June 1, 2018 7:00 pm

Shawn's Piano
221 Newfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT

Any questions contact ijlauqbp2005@ajkotwjit.vmbBruce David Smith.

Young Composers Day

Young Composers 2018 Saturday, February 24, 2018, 4:00 pm

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 lnslwdepo@hpdwpjly.pofCarolyn Halsted.

Registration Form for Young Composers Day

Spring Festival

Spring Festival 2018 March 17, 2018

Music of the Classical Period

Asylum Hill Congregational Church
814 Asylum Avenue
Hartford, CT

This year, the 2018 Spring Festival will center around the Classical Period, 1730 - 1820. The location will be the Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford on Saturday, March 17.

All solo instruments, as well as duets, trios, etc. are welcomed to perform. Our refreshment center will be the “Viennese Cafe.” Each student will receive a medal as well as an evaluation sheet that will greatly benefit their performance skills.

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.

Musician Achievement Program (MAP)

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Asylum Hill Congregational Church
814 Asylum Avenue
Hartford, CT

Registration Deadline: postmark by Saturday, February 24, 2018.

Mail your registration forms with payment (one check per studio only) to: Suzan Korman, 100 Old Maids Lane, South Glastonbury CT 06073.

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 2018 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: cVykpmkguwg@jqvockn.eqoSuzan Korman: (860) 657-8284.

Select Students Competition

Select Students Piano Competition 2018 Saturday, May 5, 9AM - 6PM

First Church of Christ
75 Main Street
Farmington, CT

Select Students Honors Recital May 20, 1 - 6 PM

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

Registration postmark deadline: March 24, 2018

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 2018 April 28, 2018

38th Annual Competition

First Church of Christ
75 Main Street
Farmington, CT

The Audrey Thayer Competition is an adjudicated event for young pianists whose playing exemplifies exceptional artistry and technical facility. Prizes, placement, and recognition are offered in order to motivate students to strive and perform at their best. Winners perform in exclusive showcase recitals.

Registration postmark deadline: March 21, 2018

Registration forms.

Winners’ Recital May 12, 2018, 11:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M.

The recitals will be held at the First Congregational Church of Christ, 75 Main St., Farmington, CT in the Sarah Porter Memorial Hall.

The list of winners can be seen here.


  1. Entrants must have studied with their teacher for at least 6 months prior to the competition. Teacher must be a member of the Hartford Chapter, CSMTA; all dues paid by Oct. 1, 2017.
  2. Students must be in Grades 3-12.
  3. Students entered should be of honors caliber.
  4. Students who place 1st, 2nd, and 3rd must commit to the resulting honor of performing in the Winners’ Recital.
  5. Honorable Mention may be asked to perform in Winners’ Recital, if time allows.
  6. All entrants must understand that special requests for scheduling will not be permitted.
  7. Teachers must be able to help on the day of the competition as needed.

For any questions, please feel free to contact lxrm93@lzw.nzx Marianne Virgie.