To enter either the Jason Sipe Prize Piano Performers Competition or the EVMTA Piano Competition each teacher needs to participate with a minimum of one student from his/her studio in at least one of the following EVMTA fund raising events: Music Showcase (October), Composer Celebration Concert (December) or Piano Ensemble (January/February). Participating students do not have to be the same students that will be enrolled at the competition. All of these qualifying events have application deadlines in the fall, so please plan ahead.

The purpose of the Jason Sipe Prize Performers event is to provide a competitive performance opportunity to students of all levels and ages in recital format. There will be at least three recitals for different level groups.

Recital Date: Saturday, April 6th, 2019; Time for each recital will be announced once applications are received.

Recital Location: Az Piano, 4134 E. Wood Street, Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85040

Application Deadline: Must be postmarked by March 16, 2019. Please make sure to include “Teacher Participation Form” application forms. Teachers who do not send this form will not qualify to enter students for this event. Application should be mailed to: Yukari Lowrey

Entry Fee: $20.00. Parents pay the teacher and the teacher cuts one check to EVMTA.


A) Students can not enter this recital if they are participating in the EVMTA Piano Competition.
B) An adjudicator will choose winner(s) from each level group at the end of each recital.
C) Adjudicator will critique performers on 1) Performer’s Tone, 2) Interpretation & Musical Effect, 3) Technique, and 4) Other Factors (memorization, contrasting styles and tempos, stage presence…etc)
D) Recitals are open to the public, but children 5 and under are not allowed in the recital hall.

Teachers must communicate recital procedures and rules to the participating students and their parents before entering them into this event!


Piano Repertoire Selection:

Each performer is to play two pieces. The selections must be from the same level and represent contrasting styles and different musical periods. Pieces must be original piano compositions.  No arranged versions of piano pieces are allowed.  Please select Elementary, Intermediate 5 ~ 6, Intermediate 7 ~ 8, Early Advanced 9 ~ 10, or Advanced 11 ~ 12 recital.  Consider pieces listed in Level 1 ~ 3 literature books are Elementary (Some Level 4 pieces are considered as Late Elementary, please contact the chairman for verification), pieces from Level 4 ~ 7 literature books are Intermediate, and pieces from Level 8 ~ 10 will be considered Advanced level. (Some Level 7 pieces are considered as Early Advanced level.  Please contact the chairman for verification.) Please refer to piano repertoire guides such as Arizona Study Program Repertoire Guide (either 2016 or 2006 edition) or “The Pianist’s Guide To Standard Teaching and Performance Literature” by Jane Magrath for your own verification of the repertoire level.  Many multi-collection literature books compiled by variety of editors are categorized into Level 1 ~ 10.  Please use the above guideline to determine the recital level of the student.  The Prize Piano Performers screening committee will contact the teacher to change the piece(s) if piece(s) are not original piano composition, or ask the student to play in a higher level recital if there is discrepancy in levels.   Please specify which book the piece was chosen from, if there is no work number/catalogue number available. Multiple selections and movements from a suite or a work cannot be chosen as one piece.

Total Time Allotted for Performance of Both Pieces Must Not Exceed:

  • 5 minutes – Elementary
  • 8 minutes – Intermediate
  • 10 minutes – Advanced

Recital Procedures and Rules

  1. Arrive fifteen minutes early for check‐in.
  2. Students must bring music scores for the judge. No photo copies are allowed.  Measures must be numbered prior to arrival. Make sure that all measures are numbered.
  3. Student number will be assigned upon student’s arrival. Student number will be attached to music.
  4. Appropriate attire is requested. (Shirt and pants for boys, and dress or skirt to knees or longer for girls.)
  5. There will be no piano available for warm‐up before the recital.
  6. Children 5 and under are not allowed in the recital hall, and must be accompanied by an adult at all time if in the piano showroom area.
  7. No food and drink is allowed in the store. (except water)
  8. No recording devices or camera is allowed to use during the recitals. All pagers and cell phones must be turned off prior to the recital.
  9. Participants, including teachers are not allowed to speak to the judge during, before, and after the recital. Communicating to the judge may result in disqualification of the performer(s).
  10. Decisions of the judges are final and may not be challenged.


Prize Piano Performers Elementary Level Repertoire List

Supplementary Books for Elementary Level (Revised)