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

Students do not pay through their teacher. Students now register and pay online via Eventbrite.

Registration is now open until Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. A $10 late fee will automatically apply Dec. 16 - Jan. 31, 2019. Registration will close Jan. 31, 2019.

All registered teachers are given an assignment to help with judging, tuning and/or tabulation 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 Festival. See Suggested Class Levels to determine what level your student is.

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 be cut.

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

Choosing Duet and Ensemble Selections

Same as outlined above.

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, minor discrepancies 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 receive a rating for their performance. Ensembles may use music.

-Students receive points for the highest rating received 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 e-mail the Gold Cup Chairman to request a student's Festival record. It is recommended that teachers keep a record of their students points to avoid any discrepancies.

Thanks for your work with these young musicians. The new research validates that string playing is extremely beneficial to student success in academic and social growth. Not every student will be brilliant, but if we help them gain listening skills, focus, discipline, and coordination they certainly have advantages. You're doing a valuable service for these young people and their families. We appreciate all your help and volunteer work with the festival. If you have any concerns or questions please call or write.