Each spring, the PTF sponsors a non-competitive festival. Our annual festival syllabus provides a themed, leveled list of engaging student literature to explore. Students receive feedback from experience adjudicators, and those who earn an outstanding rating are invited to play in our honors recitals.

Members will receive a PDF of the syllabus via email upon receipt of membership dues.

Spring Festival 2021

March 13, 2021

Honors Recitals 2021

More information TBD.

2020 Judges' Choice Awards

Our 9 Judges were asked to each choose their "favorite videos" out of the approximately 30 videos they each evaluated.

Congratulations, students and teachers!

Judge 1, Megan Hofreiter

Isabella Latini, student of Carol Zeh


Judge 2, Kairy Koshoeva

Jacob Yu, student of Richard Woo


Judge 3, Betty Soloff

Frederick Chang, student of Richard Woo


Judge 4, Fiorella Araya-Cheng

Dylan Vengad, student of Richard Woo


Judge 5, Fang-Ting Liu

Julian Zei, student of Felicia Wishner


Judge 6, Agnes Poltorak

Sophie Shin, student of Victoria Chow


Judge 7, Bethanne Johnson

Andrew Khislavskiy, student of Svetlana Zelov


Judge 8, Ikumi Hiraiwa

Thomas Poljevka, student of Kristine Janusa


Judge 9, Yuka Yanagi

Eryn Semler, student of Felicia Wishner


Important Update Regarding COVID-19 (3/11/20)

Dear Colleagues and Parents,


TCNJ has canceled the contract for the PTF Festival this year in response to COVID-19; this means that we do not have a location for live auditions.


The PTF board recognizes the great efforts of students, parents and teachers in preparation for these auditions. As such, we are asking that all students submit an online video of their excellent work for Adjudication and Certificates. Adjudications, Certificates and Festival Gifts will be mailed to Teachers for disbursement. Honors Recitals are TBD as we closely monitor CDC updates.


We encourage students to video record on an acoustic instrument, if available, for the best possible sound (however, performances on digital pianos will be accepted as well). We suggest having a parent video record using a smartphone. The video must have audio, and the entire performer must be visible throughout. It must be clear that the student is playing by memory. Only one video link for both pieces will be accepted. Bowing and warming up are not necessary, but will not be penalized if included. Teachers OR Parents can upload videos to YouTube and send the link, along with scans of the music, to vchow@rider.edu by *Thursday,  March 19, 2020.*


Please see sample videos below.


Bryan Wu, Age 5, student of Victoria Chow

Lillian Zheng, Age 11, Level 8, student of Victoria Chow

William Dong, Age 8, Level 4, student of Victoria Chow

Please feel free to forward these to your studio for reference. 


Instructions for Uploading Video and Sheet Music

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


Video Format: 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.

1.     Go to www.youtube.com and sign in. If you don’t have an account, create one.

2.     Click the “UPLOAD” button at the top. 

3.     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. 

4.     In the “Basic Info” screen, enter the appropriate title with the Student’s Name (Bryan Wu) in the box where the filename appears. 

5.     In the box below the title, enter the names of the pieces in the order performed. (Rainbow Fish + Arabesque).

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

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

8.     Click “Done.” 

9.     When the video is finished, copy the URL and paste it into an email to vchow@rider.edu with subject line:

         PTF AUDITION: Student Name (Bryan Wu)

10.  Attach images of student’s music in JPEG or PDF form in the same email (see example).


Thank you for your help. We are thrilled that technology allows us to hold this event despite the challenges presented by current events. We know you have all worked very hard. Good luck to all of your students!


Checklist for Video Upload:

  • Is the entire body of the student visible?

  • Is the student visibly memorized?

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

  • Did I attach the Sheet Music to the email being sent to vchow@rider.edu?

  • By sending the video link, I hereby grant consent for this video to be viewed by an adjudicator for evaluation purposes.


With Gratitude,


2020 PTF Festival Committee

Victoria Chow, PTF President, PTF Festival Chair

Jason Gallagher, Syllabus Chair

Angela Triandafillou Jones, Honors Recitals Chair

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