Sonata-Sonatina Festival (SSF) Judging Period

To view the keynote from for November 23rd Pre-Meeting, please click HERE.

Because of ongoing COVID-19 concerns, the 2021 Sonata-Sonatina Festival will be VIRTUAL.  Students will upload their performances to a secure online site, and judges will adjudicate the videos over the span of a week in February. 


February 7 thru 14, 2021

Online Registration Begins:         Saturday, December 12, 2020        
Online Registration Closes:          Friday, January 8, 2021
Video Upload Due Date:               Friday, January 22, 2021
Virtual Gold Medal Recital:          Sunday, February 21, 2021
Applications are only accepted online. There are no exceptions to the deadline.

The NSMTA Sonata-Sonatina Festival was created to give the students of NSMTA teachers the opportunity to perform their music before two judges. All entrants will receive a written critique and the opportunity to receive a bronze, silver or gold medal. Gold medalists will be invited to perform on a recital held the week following the festival.

Application Procedure

The application deadline is January 8, 2021. The registration process is easy. Go to on or after December 12, 2020. Click on Programs and Events. Click on Sonata – Sonatina Festival and click on the Online Registration link. You will then be directed to the registration page. Be sure to create a new username and password, as last year’s information is not retained.

  • Remember: Your NSMTA dues must be paid by October 31, 2020 to be eligible. Non-members must pay an additional $25. This is a one-time non-member fee per calendar year.
  • ONLINE PAYMENT ONLY (No checks). A $30.00 non-refundable fee should be submitted for each student. Use the Stripe online payment link on the registration form to submit the total fees for all students. A maximum of ten (10) students per teacher may be entered.
  • NEW this year: SCORE SHEETS will be emailed to teachers after February 14, 2021, AND MEDALS will be mailed.
  • Please read all of this information carefully. If you have questions, please contact SSF Co-Chair, Jennifer Merry: e-mail– or phone–(847) 404-8635.

Additional Festival Information

  • All music must be memorized and without repeats. Please review the Video Recording and Upload Guidelines. (Coming Soon!) 
Participating Teacher Jobs for the Festival

All participating teachers will be responsible for registering and paying for their own students. Parents should not register their own children. Teachers will also be responsible for video recording and uploading their students’ performances according to the requirements of the Festival. To view the Video Submission Guidelines please click HERE. While participating teachers may not be required to do additional jobs this year, there will be new organizational tasks that will require volunteers. The co-chairs may contact individual teachers to solicit additional help as needed.


All entrants will receive award ribbons for participating in the Festival. Medals are awarded for the following scores:

Gold                                                    96-100

Silver                                                   93-95

Bronze                                                90-92

No Medal                                            89 and below

Participants who receive gold medals will be invited to perform in a Virtual Gold Medal Recital scheduled for February 21, 2021. They will also be listed in our newsletter, The Score.

REQUIREMENTS: Two contrasting movements of a sonatina or one movement (first or last) of a sonata.


Entrants will play two movements from the same sonatina that must be contrasting in mood and tempo (i.e., movements 1 and 2 or 2 and 3.) In the case of sonatinas with only two movements, the student shall play both movements. The following Sonatas will count as Sonatinas for this event due to shortness of length and complexity. Two contrasting movements are required.

  • Haydn Sonatas Hoboken XVI:7, 8 and 9
  • Camidge Sonata No. 6.


Entrants will play either the first or last movement of a sonata chosen from the classical through modern periods.


  • Sonatas by Scarlatti and other bipartite sonatas.
  • Mozart’s K.331- 1st movement, as it is a set of variations.

The following compositions qualify as sonatas due to the length of the pieces and complexity:

Beethoven                Op. 49, No. 1 (Gm)

Beethoven                Op. 49, No. 2 (G)

Kabalevsky                Op. 13, No. 1 (C)

Khachaturian             Sonatina in C

Kuhlau                        Op. 20, No.3 (F)

Kuhlau                        Op. 59, No.1, (A)

Kuhlau                        Op. 59, No.2 (F) 1st movement only

Kuhlau                        Op. 59, No.3, (C)

Kuhlau                        Op. 60, No.2 (A)

Kuhlau                        Op. 60, No.3 (C)

Ravel                           Sonatine


Feb 07, 2021 - Feb 14, 2021



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