Adjudicator: Dr. Peggy Otwell, Professor of Music, UW-Milwaukee

Audition and Recital Location: Christ Presbyterian Church—944 E Gorham St

The MAME Honors Festival is an opportunity for students to do a live, in-person audition to be recorded for possible inclusion in the Honors Festival Online Recital. These plans are subject to change due to the pandemic. Please refer to your November Nuances for more finalized information.

Entry Deadline:     Saturday, January 8, 2022
Auditions:   Saturday, January 29, 2022   8:30am to 4:00pm

Christ Presbyterian Church—944 E Gorham St, Madison, WI 53703

Honors Festival Recital: Held at the same venue, in the sanctuary, on Sunday, February 6, 2022. The Junior Festival recital will begin at 1:30pm; the Senior Festival recital will begin at 3:00pm. Performers are asked to arrive 20-30 minutes early to check-in and warm up. A light reception will follow each program. Please see Nuances regarding updates to COVID-19 protocols.

Audition Requirements:

  1. Repertoire must be memorized and not exceed six (6) minutes.
  2. Repertoire must be at level 6 or above as shown in Magrath’s Pianists’ Guide to Standard Performance and Teaching Literature. Teachers may also use as repertoire guidelines the WSMA Solo and Ensemble lists for A and B repertoire, as well as the Federation list for Medium Difficulty and above.

The festival is open to students currently in grades 5 through 12. Entrants have the option for critique only, or critique with consideration for selection for the Festival Recital. Entrants will receive a written critique and evaluation according to accuracy, musicality, and performance ability; a limited number of those who audition will be included in the Festival Recital.

Auditions for all entrants will be held in person, masked, physically distanced, and video recorded by an accompanying adult. The piano keys and bench will be cleaned in between each entrant, with audition times spaced apart to allow for reduced physical contact. Adherence to Health and Safety Protocols issued by the hosting facility will be required of all entering the building. Guidelines for filming and submitting the audition will be provided to entrants. Video recordings will be provided to the adjudicator.

Participating teachers must be available to volunteer (or provide a substitute adult volunteer) on the audition day for not less than two hours. Students may not request special accommodations.

Fees for the audition are $25 per student for MAME members, $40 for non-MAME members. Entry forms will be published in November and December Nuances and must be postmarked no later than Saturday, January 8, 2022. Only paper entry forms will be accepted. Please include one check with entry forms.

Adjudicator: Dr. Peggy Otwell, UW-Milwaukee
Peggy Otwell | UW-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts

Please mail forms and payment (by 1/8/22) to: Daniel Kuzuhara, 8107 Starr Grass Dr, Madison, WI 53719

Chairs: Helga Swatzak and Daniel Kuzuhara