Saturday, April 17, 2021
7:00 pm
AZ Piano

Recital Information

Recital Broadcast Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021 (Times will be announced after application deadline)

Recital Location: East Valley Music Teachers Association YouTube page

Application Deadline: Must be received by March 20, 2021. Please make sure to include Teacher Participation Form with application forms. Teachers who do not send this form will not qualify to enter students for this event. Mail applications to:

Lianna Rivera Rice
370 N. Nash Way
Chandler, AZ 85225

Video and Score Submission Deadline: Must be received by April 3, 2021. Students will need to submit PDF files (or online links) of their scores, along with the videos of their performances. All scores must have a measure number at the beginning of each line.

Entry Fee: $25.00. Parents pay the teacher, and the teacher cuts one check, payable to EVMTA

Teacher Requirement

A teacher may enter a maximum of 8 students from his/her studio for this event. Teachers participating in this event must enter one or more students into either Music Showcase, Composer Celebration Concert, or EVMTA Fall Recital (See page 4 of the Yearbook). However, students participating in the EVMTA Piano Competition cannot participate in this recital. Chairperson(s) of the competition may enter students, but judges of the competition may not enter students.


Entrants will perform for a panel of two judges. Judges will critique performers on:

1) performer’s tone
2) interpretation and musical effect
3) technique
4) other factors (memorization, contrasting styles and tempos, stage presence, etc.)

Judges will choose winner(s) from each level at the end of each recital. A link where the recital will be broadcast will be made available to teachers and students to share with family and friends.

Recital Procedures and Rules

  1. SUBMIT– Application and payment are due by March 20. Videos and scores are due by April 3. Instructions for submitting videos and scores will be sent to teachers in January.

    a. An ACOUSTIC piano (upright or grand) is required for this competition.

    b. Students must wear appropriate performance attire (Dress shirt and pants for boys, dress or skirt to knees or longer for girls, and don’t forget shoes).

    c. The competitor’s hands, feet and profile must be clearly visible in a fixed video angle.

    d. The two pieces should be performed back to back in one take. Students can do as many takes as they would like. Submit your best take.

    e. Videos should be unedited with no titles, transitions or additional effects. Students may bow but are NOT to introduce themselves or their pieces. The recording does not need to be professional studio quality.

  2. WATCH– All received videos will be edited into one long video per recital which will then be broadcast on April 17 at the designated recital times. Performance order will be assigned by a random number generator. A link for the live broadcast will be sent to teachers and students who are strongly encouraged to invite friends and family to watch the recitals. The videos will be removed once the competition is over.

  3. RESULTS– Participants and their teachers are not allowed to communicate to the judge during, before, or after the recital. Communicating with the judge may result in disqualification of the performer(s). Decisions of the judges are final and may not be challenged. Winners and other awards will be announced at the end of each broadcast recital. Awards are sponsored by Jason Sipe of Arizona Piano Company.

Applications should be mailed to:

Lianna Rivera Rice
370 N. Nash Way
Chandler, AZ 85225

Piano Repertoire Selection

  • Each performer is to play two pieces, originally written for piano, from the same level and represent contrasting styles and different musical periods. No arranged versions of piano pieces are allowed. Multiple selections and movements from a suite or a work (WTC Prelude & Fugue, Sonata/Sonatina, etc.) cannot be submitted as one piece. Select Elementary 1-2, Elementary 3-4, Intermediate 5-6, Intermediate 7-8, Advanced 9-10, or Advanced 11-12 recital level. Use the below guideline to determine the recital level of the student.
  • When choosing repertoire, 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. Many literature book collections are categorized into Levels 1-10. Consider pieces listed in Level 1-3 literature books as Elementary, Level 4-7 as Intermediate, and Level 8-10 as Advanced. Some Level 4 literature book pieces may be considered Late Elementary or Early Intermediate. Some Level 7 pieces may be considered Late Intermediate or Early Advanced.
  • If you are unsure about the leveling of a piece, please contact the chairperson for verification. If detailed information about the pieces is not included in the application form, the registration will not be accepted until the teacher resubmits with the necessary information. Please specify which book the piece was chosen from if there is no work number/catalogue number available. If there is a discrepancy regarding selection or leveling of repertoire, the screening committee will contact the teacher to request that a student change a piece or play in a higher-level recital.

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

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


Prize Piano Performers Elementary Level Repertoire List

Supplementary Books for Elementary Level (Revised)

Register Online
Registration Available from 10.1.2020-10.14.2020

Contact Lianna Rivera Rice at if you have any questions.

AZ Piano
4134 E Wood St.
Phoenix, AZ 85040