Festivals

ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL: An adjudicated event, in a formal recital setting, for duets, trios, duos, quartets, quintets.  To provide an opportunity for teachers and students to perform ensemble music in a formal recital setting and to learn from that experience through an adjudicator’s remarks.  Students will choose whether they are working toward the optional NFMC Junior Festival requirements (see NFMC Junior Festival Bulletin for rules).

JAZZ FESTIVAL: This festival will be an avenue to further encourage students in their exploration and study of our  amalgamation of American Music.  They will be able to choose selections from Jazz, Ragtime, Blues, or Latin Jazz.  This includes Raggin’ the Classics, Novelty Piano, Swing, Honky Tonk, Boogie Woogie, Stride,and Rock.  The festival is open to all ages.  Recitals are typically about 60 minutes in length, but may vary depending on scheduling needs.  There will be a printed program for each recital. Teachers should have students listen to recordings of these musical styles in order to familiarize themselves with how they should be played.

JUNIOR FESTIVAL:  is a national program created by the National Federation of Music Clubs.  It is a non-competitive event where students perform and are adjudicated on their own merits.  Students receive points for all rated participation (Superior=5 pts., Excellent=4pts., Satisfactory=3pts., Fair=2pts., and Needs Improvement=1pt) and these points accumulate for the duration of their festival career.  When a student has achieved 15 points they receive a trophy (Trophies are awarded for all 15 point increments: 15, 30, 45, etc.).  Points must have been earned and accumulated in the same event each year (such as Piano Solo, Piano Duet, Flute Concerto, etc.).These points also follow the student geographically, i.e. from Nevada to Utah if a family moves.  The music for Junior Festival is very specific and is found in the NFMC bulletin. Basic rules and information for the event are included in the website.  See the bulletin for all exceptions and more specific rules and regulations.