Student Activities 2019-2020
Each student is encouraged to participate in activities in which there is adequate preparation, skill level, and interest. Each student works with greater care when involved in preparing to perform in an activity which demands that the student brings forth his best effort. Most students without a meaningful performance and evaluation would just drift along and lose much of the growth that occurs when their efforts are put to the test. The following are activities which are available for qualifying students.
OMEA HIGH SCHOOL SOLO AND ENSEMBLE CONTEST
This event is sponsored by the Ohio Music Educators’ Association. Students prepare a solo from a graded list and perform before one judge who rates the performance. Registration is through the schools. This event is scheduled for January 25th at Akron Firestone High School.
OMTA RIBBON FESTIVAL
This year the OMTA Ribbon Festival sponsored by the Western Reserve Music Teachers Association is March 8th at Kent State University. Each student is required to prepare one piece of his choice to perform in a private audition before a qualified judge who writes comments on the performance. A ribbon identifying the number of years of participation in the festival is awarded as well as the comment sheet returned to the student. This activity is a good test for most students’ recital piece as the first practice performance.
GOLD CUP MUSIC CLUBS FESTIVAL
The date is Saturday, March 21st at Kent State University. This activity requires a student to prepare two pieces, one a choice piece and another from a graded list of American composers. Other categories include duets, concertos, and hymn playing. The student performs in a private audition before two judges who give a detailed evaluation and rating. Points are awarded based upon the highest rating. When students accumulate a certain number of points, they receive various awards including a NFMC Gold Cup.
OMEA MIDDLE SCHOOL SOLO AND ENSEMBLE CONTEST
This event is sponsored by the Ohio Music Educators’ Association. Students prepare a solo from a graded list and perform before one judge who rates the performance. Registration is through the schools. This event is scheduled for April 18th at Stanton Middle School in Kent.
OMTA MIDDLE EAST DISTRICT BUCKEYE AUDITIONS
This is a very demanding competition which is selecting the most outstanding student pianists in the State of Ohio. There are eight districts each of which may select an elementary, junior high and senior high student to represent the district at the Ohio Music Teachers State Buckeye Auditions in June. The district auditions are usually on a Saturday-Sunday in late April. Preliminary rounds are on the first day and the finals are on the second day. These auditions are for the very advanced and polished students. This competition is available only to students who demonstrate the most outstanding ability for their age group and based upon the standards set by the most outstanding students in Ohio.
ANNUAL STUDENT RECITAL
This is a recital of just my students which is usually in late May or early June at Kent State University. All prepared students are invited and encouraged to participate as for many it is the only opportunity for them to prepare a performance for anything.