Each year, students have the opportunity to perform in four period music festivals: the Baroque Festival, the Classical Festival, the Romantic Festival, and the Contemporary Festival. Students entered in each festival perform a piece composed in the musical period represented by the festival’s name. For example, students registered for the Romantic Festival perform music composed during the Romantic Period of music.
OMTA Portland festivals are open to students age 5 through 18. Each student may enter in a competitive and/or a non-competitive capacity, depending on that particular festivals rules. Participants perform or compete within their own age group. Each age group is adjudicated by a master instructor/adjudicator, who provides each student with a written critique of his performance as well as a certificate of participation with the designation of Outstanding Achievement or Honorable Mention, at the end of their festival class.
If time permits, the adjudicator may invite some or all of the students to the instrument for a short master class. During the master class session, the adjudicator may give the student advice on how to play his piece even better. The adjudicator may share information about the piece’s composer, demonstrate how to play certain passages, or help a student fix common technical errors. The master class is a particularly exciting and educational part of the festival because it is held in front of the audience, all of whom can benefit from the master’s comments about each piece. Festival guidelines may be found on the Festival Instructions Page.
For online registration, click here.
Classical Festival, November 3-4 and 10-11 Chair: Megan Chien
Baroque/Contemporary Festival, February 2-3 and 9-10 Chair: Deborah Cleaver
Romantic Festival, April 27-28 and May 4-5 Chair: Chris Engbretson