We are excited to announce PTF’s first-ever Composer Showcase, taking place this Spring 2021.

RULES AND INFORMATION


Students will submit videos performing their original piano compositions on the theme Oh, the Places You’ll Go. The polished performance may be memorized or performed with the score. The piano compositions may be a piano solo, duet, duo, a song with sung lyrics, or, compositions that include another instrument(s). Students who can read will notate their music and submit their score by either handwriting their score or using a notation software (Noteflight and Finale Notepad have free versions); students who are non-readers (or beginners) will express their composition in their own way, even if it is not in standard notation such as a graph/chart, or a drawing of the sections of their piece.  

DRESS CODE AND BOWS


Videos will be used for the online Composer Showcase for those who receive an Outstanding rating. Therefore, the videos submitted for the audition must meet the following criteria:

  • Students bow before and after the performance of their original composition.

  • Students wear recital-appropriate dress clothes (no jeans, sneakers, hoodies, or hats).

  • Videos must be recorded in horizontal format and using a tripod or other steady surface for the recording device.

 

AWARDS

  • All entrants will receive written comments on their original composition to use with their teacher for further study. 

  • All participants will also receive a Certificate of Participation. 

  • Ribbons will be attached for Outstanding, Excellent, Good, and Fine Effort for their original compositions. 

  • If a student receives an Outstanding rating, his or her video will be featured in the Composer Showcase recital on April 11, 2021.  

 

REGISTRATION

  • Active PTF members may submit an unlimited number of students.    

  • Fees are non-refundable.

  • The entry fee is $25 for those students who are participating in the Spring Festival, and $35 who are not participating in the Spring Festival.

  • Registration is online here: https://form.jotform.com/203616035041139

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Online registration deadline: Mon., Mar. 13, 2021

  • Video submission deadline: Sun., Mar. 21, 2021

  • Video broadcast: Sun., April 11, 2021, late afternoon, exact time tbd

 

We hope you will consider submitting student compositions for this inaugural PTF event!


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ONLINE VIDEO SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS FOR PARENTS

Dear Colleagues and Parents,

 

We are looking forward to this year's first Composer Showcase. Please note the following guidelines for participation.

  • Students bow before and after the performance of their original composition. 

  • The polished performance may be memorized or performed with the score.  

  • Teachers or parents may upload videos to YouTube, along with scans of the notated score, graph, or chart.

  • Teachers or parents may complete the online registration.

  • Students should wear recital-appropriate dress clothes (no jeans, sneakers, hoodies, or hats).

  • Videos should be recorded in horizontal format and using a tripod or other steady surface for the camera.

  • Videos must include audio, and the performer and his or her hands on the keys should be visible in the frame.

  • Recording on acoustic instruments is preferred, but digital pianos are acceptable.


Instructions for Uploading Videos to YouTube

After your performance has been filmed, upload it as an “unlisted” YouTube video (see below).

YouTube accepts any of the following video formats: .MO, .MPEG4, MP4, .AVI, .WMV, .MPEGPS, .FLV, 3GPP, and WebM.

Upload: Follow these directions to upload your completed video to an unlisted YouTube file. You can do this through the YouTube App or on a computer.

  • Go to www.youtube.com and sign in. If you don’t already have an account, create one. It can be easily linked to a Gmail account.

  • Click the “UPLOAD” button at the top.

  • Either click on the “Select files to upload” box and select your video file from your device or drag/drop your video file into the box.

  • In the “Basic Info” screen, enter the appropriate title with the Student’s Name in the box where the filename appears.

  • In the box below the title, enter the name of the piece being recorded.

  • Click the box that indicates the video is appropriate for children under 18.

  • Change the privacy setting from “Public” to “Unlisted.”

  • Click “Done.”

  • When the video is finished, copy the URL and paste it into your registration. 



Checklist for Video Upload:

  • Did my students bow before and after the performance of their original composition?

  • Is the entire body of the student visible?

  • Is the student dressed appropriately?

  • Does the YouTube link have my student’s name as the Title?

Participating in this event grants permission for audition videos to be viewed by an adjudicator for evaluation purposes, as well as for inclusion in the online Composer Showcase if selected.

 

The 2021 Composer Showcase will feature videos of PTF students performing their original piano compositions. The theme for the submissions, based on the Festival theme, will be Oh, the Places You’ll Go.  The piano compositions may be a piano solo, duet, duo, a song with sung lyrics; or, compositions that include another instrument(s).  Students will receive written, constructive feedback from a judge. 

 

Students who can read will notate their music and submit their score by either handwriting their score or using a notation software (Noteflight and Finale Notepad have free versions); students who are non-readers (or beginners) will express their composition in their own way, even if it is not in standard notation (for example: a graph/chart, or a drawing of the sections of their piece).

 

All students will receive certificates of participation and ribbons.  Outstanding compositions, selected by the judge(s), will be featured in an online program, similar to the Festival honors recital, called the Composer Showcase.  The Composer Showcase will be its own event featuring the blue-ribbon original compositions.

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