Sonata-Sonatina Festival (SSF)

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.

Application Procedure

The application deadline is January 13, 2020The registration process is easy. Go to 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

  • NEW this year: ONLINE PAYMENT ONLY (No checks). Use the Stripe online payment link on the registration form that includes the fee amounts for the total amount of all of your students. A $30.00 non-refundable fee should be submitted for each student. There is a maximum of ten (10) students per teacher that can be entered.
  • Remember: Your NSMTA dues must be paid by October 31, 2019 to be eligible. Non-members pay must pay an additional $25. This is a one-time non-member fee per calendar year.
  • Running this festival requires a great deal of support from the participating teachers. All teachers are required to help with the festival in order for their students to participate in the Festival. Teachers are to complete their assigned job times. No substitutes (parents, students, relatives, etc.) are allowed to replace the teacher volunteer for the assigned job. Any teacher in violation of these volunteer guidelines will not be allowed to participate in the festival the following year.
  • NEW this year: ELIMINATION OF GOLD MEDAL RECITAL HELPERS. Teachers will be assigned jobs for no more than 1.5 hours on Festival Day. Please plan for your availability and participation on this date so that your students will be able to participate in the Festival.
  • NEW this year: SCORE SHEET AND MEDALS AVAILABLE FOR PICKUP FROM 4:30-6:00PM. After the conclusion of the SSF Festival, teachers will be able to pick-up score sheets and medals for their students from MIC Lobby between 4:30-6:00pm.
  • Please read all of this information carefully. If you have questions, you can contact SSF Co-Chair, Jennifer Merry. Her e-mail is, and her phone is (847) 404-8635.

Additional Festival Information

  • Students may request either AM or PM, but specific time requests cannot be honored. However, if there are siblings playing in the Festival, please indicate that in the registration form and they will be scheduled within the same hour. Be certain to double-check all of your information.
  • Location: Music Institute of Chicago, 300 Greenbay Road, Winnetka, IL 60093
  • Only students and room monitors will be allowed in the hallways to reduce congestion. Parents will need to wait in the central lobby. Only students and judges will be allowed in the performance rooms.
  • All music must be memorized and without repeats. Judges must be provided with a clean unmarked copy of the same edition that the student uses, and measure numbers marked at the beginning of every system.  No photocopies are allowed.
  • For any students using legally downloaded computer-printed scores, an adult over the age of eighteen (18) will be required to sign a Music Release Form which will be provided on Festival Day.
  • The judges will have the authority to stop an entrant before the end of a performance and their decisions will be final.

Participating Teacher Jobs for the Festival

All participating teachers are required to help in some way in order for their students to participate in the Festival. When you register please indicate your first and second choice AM or PM availability to help on the festival day. NEW THIS YEAR: Elimination of Gold Medal Recital helpers. Jobs will be assigned that will last for 90 minutes. No one can substitute for the teacher for their assigned teacher job.   


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 Gold Medal Recital scheduled the week following the Festival. 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. Also, students may perform one selection from the repertoire requirement from our featured composer instead of a sonatina or sonata if they wish.


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- 1stmovement, 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 09, 2020


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Music Institute of Chicago, Winnetka
300 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, IL 60093, USA
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