Performance Opportunities for CHMTA Students

Public performance is an essential part of learning to play an instrument. Students of CHMTA teachers are offered many performing opportunities during the year as part of their study.
CHMTA Music Festival 2017

CHMTA is offering a non-competitive Festival in March 2017, in which students perform in a masterclass setting. Students will be organized by age into groups of three to five, with parents, teachers and judge/clinician in the room. Each student or ensemble in the group will perform and receive written comments and a rating. After each performance, the judge/clinician will work with the student(s), sharing ideas in a mini-lesson format.

Locations and Dates
At UNC-CH Kenan Hall, 145 E Cameron Ave, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 on March 11, 2017

Registration deadline: February 17, 2017.
Festival Eligibility: The festival is open to all students aged 5 through 18. Each student can register to perform solos and/or ensembles.

Students perform one or two pieces. Solos must be performed from memory; ensembles may use music. The performance time must not exceed the time limit for student’s age group. Teachers are responsible for assuring that the student’s performance remains within the allotted time. If a student plans to perform pieces that exceed the allotted time, that student may register and pay for two slots of time. For ensembles, all parts must of equal difficulty.

Age groups, times and costs:

Ages 5-8 6 minutes $15 (non-member $30)
Ages 9-12 8 minutes $15 (non-member $30)
Ages 13-15 10 minutes $20 (non-member $40)
Ages 16-18 10 minutes $20 (non-member $40)
Ensembles 10 minutes $10 per student (non-member $20 per student) Awards: Each student will receive a certificate for his/her performance in the Festival.

Copyright Law
Students are required to submit to the judge a published, copyrighted version of the music with the measures numbered (numbers may be at the beginning of each system).

Any questions should be brought to the attention of the Festival Committee, Tanya Smirnov and Meg O’Brien.

To participate, please fill out the registration form.
CHMTA Student Recitals

CHMTA Student Recitals are formal performances held at the beautiful Person Recital Hall or Kenan Rehearsal Hall on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill, 181 E Cameron Ave, Chapel Hill, 27514.

Recitals are usually held in September, October, November, January and March. Please see the calendar for exact dates, times, and information regarding submission of materials. Program materials are due to CHMTA president, Derison Duarte and performance program chair Tatiana Gutnik at least 7 days prior to the recital. Students and teachers Please consult the Recital Information Sheet for guidelines regarding CHMTA Student Recitals.

Webmaster's note to teachers: we need photos of your students for the CHMTA website. Studio pictures, performance pictures, staged as well as candids are all welcome. Please submit full-size images in jpeg format to Bill. Be sure to fill out and submit a photo release form for all pictures submitted.
CHMTA Masterclass Competition

The CHMTA masterclass competiton offers students the opportunity to audition for a masterclass performance with a nationally recognized artist-teacher. There will be twenty audition spaces available. Four winners will be chosen to play in the masterclass later that same day.

Our 2016 guest Artist-in Residence will be Professor Peter Takács of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio.

This event will be held in the morning and afternoon of Saturday November 19 on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. See location and time details on the calendar page.
Guidelines for 2016 CHMTA Masterclass Competition
Audition length: 10 minute maximum

Repertoire requirements: advanced literature or late intermediate literature at and early age (i.e. a 9 year old playing a Bach Invention and Chopin Waltz). It is recommended that performers make the best presentation possible within the allotted time. Contestants may choose several shorter works or one long work. If the total performance time exceeds 10 minutes, the contestant may be stopped but will not be penalized.

Age requirements: none

Opening registration is available only to CHMTA teachers. Each teacher may submit no more than three students. If, after five days of the application posting, there are still available audition times, students of non-CHMTA members may audition and CHMTA teachers who had already submitted three students may submit more.

Students MUST agree to be present for the masterclass at the end of the day. Winners will be announced from the stage at the masterclass.
CHMTA Artist-in-Residence

On Sunday, November 20th at 3PM, Mr. Takács will present a lecture recital entitled "The Classical Style: Playing Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven on the modern piano."  Professor Takács, who has recorded the complete 32 Sonatas of Beethoven, will certainly have many special insights into the manner of the classical period.
We hope you are excited about this amazing weekend of performance opportunities and music making. Please encourage your students to participate by attending the recital and either entering the competition or by attending the masterclass. Be a part this rare opportunity to witness a nationally recognized teacher share his musical experience with us and work with area pianists.
We are grateful to UNC for allowing the use of Person Hall for this remarkable weekend.

More about Peter Takàcs
Hailed by the New York Times as “a marvelous pianist,” PETER TAKÁCS has performed widely, receiving critical and audience acclaim for his penetrating and communicative musical interpretations.

Mr. Takács was born in Bucuresti, Romania and started his musical studies before his fourth birthday. After his debut recital at age seven, he was a frequent recitalist in his native city until his parents' request for emigration to the West, at which point all his studies and performances were banned. He continued studying clandestinely with his piano teacher until his family was finally allowed to emigrate to France, where, at age fourteen, he was admitted to the Conservatoire National de Paris.

Upon his arrival in the United States, his outstanding musical talents continued to be recognized with full scholarships to Northwestern University and the University of Illinois, and a three-year fellowship for doctoral studies at the Peabody Conservatory, where he completed his artistic training with renowned pianist Leon Fleisher.

Mr. Takács has received numerous prizes and awards for his performances, including First Prize in the William Kapell International Competition, the C.D. Jackson Award for Excellence in Chamber Music at the Tanglewood Music Center, and a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. His performances have been hailed by audiences and the press for their penetrating intellectual insight as well as for emotional urgency and communicativeness.

Mr. Takács has performed as guest soloist with major orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, as well as at important summer festivals such as Tanglewood, Music Mountain, Chautauqua Institution, ARIA International, Schlern Music Festival in the Italian Alps, Tel Hai International Master Classes in Israel, Sweden’s Helsingborg Festival, and Musicfest Perugia 2014. Since 2008, he has been a member of the faculty at the Montecito Summer Music Festival in Riverside, CA. He has performed and recorded the cycle of thirty-two Beethoven Piano Sonatas, which were released on the CAMBRIA label in July 2011. In 2015, he was selected to inaugurate a new series in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall entitled “Key Pianists”, presenting three recitals of Beethoven solo and chamber music to critical acclaim.

Mr. Takács’ success as a teacher is attested to by his students’ accomplishments, who have won top prizes in competitions in the United States, Canada, Europe, and South Africa. They have been accepted at major graduate schools such as the Curtis Institute, Juilliard School, Peabody Conservatory, and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, among many others. Mr. Takács has given master classes in the U.S., Europe and Asia, and has been a jury member at prestigious national and international competitions such as San Antonio International Keyboard Competition (twice), Canadian National Competition (three times), Cleveland International Piano Competition, and Hilton Head International Piano Competition. Mr. Takács is Professor of Piano at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he has been teaching since 1976.
CHMTA Playathon

We raised close to $1000 for the CHMTA Scholarship Fund at our 2016 Playathon. Details of the 2017 Playathon will be posted in September 2017.