Teachers

Important Information

Teacher registration is $22 ($12 for young teachers attending High School or College).

Registration is open until Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. A late fee will automatically apply Jan. 1 - Jan. 31, 2020. Registration will close Jan. 31, 2020.

All registered teachers are given an assignment to help judging, tuning and/or tabulating during the festival. Please select your judging preference when registering.

Choosing Solo Selections

The teacher and the student choose two appropriate pieces to be played at the festival. See Suggested Levels to determine what level your student is.

Please note: If a student receives a Superior rating, they must advance to the next level the following year. Teacher and student may decide to repeat a level if they received a rating other than Superior the previous year.

Selections should be kept under 12 min. Long repeats should be omitted, except in short compositions such as at the Primary Level. Long Piano interludes should cut as well.

Piano accompaniment is required when applicable; CD accompaniment is not allowed. Students must list their accompanist on their entry form to avoid scheduling conflicts. Forms that do list an accompanist will not be accepted and may be subject to a $10 late fee.

Solos must be memorized to recieve Gold Cup Points

If a soloist used music they will not be awarded gold cup points. However, they still recieve a rating for their performance. Ensemble may use music.

Students recieve points for the highest rating recieved if performing in more than one Duet or Ensemble.

Choosing Duet and Ensemble Selections

Same as outlined above.

Duet and Ensemble Selections do not need to be memorized.

Points and Rating System

Entrants do not compete against each other; each student is rated individually. Students are evaluated on presentation, memory, accuracy, rhythm, technique and musicianship.


Superior (5 points): A complete, outstanding performance, attention given to dynamics, phrasing and musical expression, rapid recovery from minor memory lapse, doesn't detract from overall performance.

Excellent (4 points): A promising, strong performance showing accomplishment and potential, monir descrepancies in details, memory lapse detracts from overall performance.

Good (3 points): Performance shows accomplishment but there are notable inconsistencies in one or more areas (tone, intonation, rhythm, memory, etc.).

Fair (2 points): Some commendable aspects in performance and preparation, several deficiencies in fundamentals (for example, posture, rhythm, notes, memory, etc.) are also apparent.

If a soloist used music they will not be awarded gold cup points. However, they still recieve a rating for their performance. Ensemble may use music.

  • Students recieve points for the highest rating recieved if performing in more than one Duet or Ensemble.
  • Points from different events cannot be combined.
  • Example: Solo and Duet, Duet and Quartet, Violin Solo and Viola Solo, etc.

Teachers may email Lauana Carter, the Gold Cup Chairman to request a student's Festival record. It is recommended that teacher keep a record of their students points to avoid any discrepancies.