MAMA Overview:

Please note: times subject to change; final schedule will include exact event schedules.

The Mid-America Music Festival will be held Thursday, August 1 - Sunday, August 4, 2024, at the Marriott St. Louis Airport, 10700 Pear Tree Lane, St. Louis, MO 63134. Phone: 314-423-9700.

The following events are available to the students:

1. Solo Division, G-Virtuoso: All contestants will play two selections. One piece must be chosen from the official test piece list and the other can be a choice piece. Both numbers must be played from memory and must be contrasting.

2. Duet Division: Entrants will play two contrasting numbers of their choice. Memorization not required; open to audiences.

3. Hymn/Patriotic and Pop/Blues/Jazz: Entrants play 2 hymns, 2 patriotic songs or one of each (same for Pop/Blues/Jazz); memorization not required; original copy of music must be provided for the judges.

4. Original Composition: Manuscript submitted to judge; composer/contestant performs; memory optional.

5. Piano Competitive Division: Students must participate in the regular solo division; perform one piece from the test list but different from pieces in regular solo division; compete in a group of less than 20 contestants for a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place trophy. Competitive auditions will be Friday, August 2, open to audience; awards and winners' recital held Friday 6:00 p.m. 1st & 2nd place will perform. Time permitting, 3rd pl. winners also perform. 1st place winners may also play on Sunday Honors Recital 11:00 a.m.

6. Student Hobbyist: Entrants on any instrument will play two choice classical and/or "teaching" contrasting pieces. Memory is not required.

7. Composer's Composition: Entrants must also enter the regular solo division. One composer's compositions will be the required list, and the composer will be the judge. Students who enter this division must agree to be present on Sunday morning for an 10:00 a.m. Masterclass if chosen to play in the masterclass.

Meet our Guest Composer for MAMA 2024!!

Wynn-Anne Rossi is a renowned composer with vibrant educational outreach. Her compositions have inspired audiences across the United States and around the world. She has over 150 publications, primarily for piano, which are widely distributed online and in music stores. Her repertoire also includes works for vocal and chamber groups, concert band and orchestra. Various commissions have been sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio, the National Endowment for the Arts, Music Teachers National Association, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Wynn-Anne specializes in bringing the art of composition to every musician. She has been offering composition residencies throughout the country since 2003, inspiring thousands of students to write their own music. Partnerships have included the MUNDI Project (UT), Linda Luebke String Festival (IN), St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (MN), and many more. Rossi has also written two comprehensive series which encourage young pianists to compose: Music by Me (FJH Music, with Kevin Olson) and most recently, Creative Composition Toolbox (Alfred Music). Her new video series, Wednesdays with Wynn-Anne, is now available for curious composers of all ages and levels.

Active as a presenter, Wynn-Anne is known for her innovative lectures, workshops, and masterclasses. Her educational voice has moved beyond the borders of the United States, reaching audiences from Iceland to Australia. She presents on a wide variety of subjects including American music, inspired by her two popular series, Musica Latina, and Jazzin' Americana.

Here's a link to her publications from which to choose: https://www.rossi-music.com/publications

8. Music Quiz Bowl: Patterned after quiz bowls held by many schools; complete guidelines are in Rules & Regulations; team members must also be entered in solo division.

9. Fun Talent Showcase: The show is looking for musicians, singers, dancers, actors, comedians, and magicians that are five years and older. Must be entered into at least one MAMA event to participate. You may enter on Saturday, the day of the event, at the MAMA registration desk. There will be no prizes and no judging. A 4-5-minute performance is recommended.

10. Theory Bee: please refer to guidelines in Rules & Regulations. Syllabus is in Test Lists. Theory bee will be held on Friday only.

11. Concerto Division: student plays one movement of one concerto, memorized, any level; accompanist may be the teacher.

12. Elite Virtuoso Solo Division: 20-minute performance time, participant will play two contrasting pieces, Virtuoso, and above level. Memorized performance and is non-competitive. It is intended for individuals who have competed in and won Top Virtuoso and/or are 20 years of age or older by festival entry due date.

Please note: Contestants may indicate a preference of which day they play; every effort will be made to honor the request; however, no guarantee that every request will be met. All schedule change requests are $10.00 regardless of original request. NO EXCEPTIONS.

No entry fees may be refunded once the entries are scheduled.

13. For reservations call: Marriott St. Louis Airport. Mention M.A.M.A rate of $94.00. Call the hotel directly at 314-423-9700. Book your group rate for Mid America Music Association. Reservations should be made before the end of May and changed if necessary after the festival schedule is received because these rates will only be available until the MAMA room block is full or until July 10, 2024, whichever occurs first.

14. Judging: Depending on the number of entries, judging will be Thursday afternoon, Friday & Saturday all day, and Sunday morning.

15. Trophy Awards will be Friday evening for Thursday/ Friday judging and Sunday (approximately noon) for Saturday / Sunday morning judging. Contestants are strongly urged to attend the Awards Ceremony to pick up trophies for events receiving a Superior rating. Teachers (or another studio representative) may pick up trophies for contestants not present following either awards ceremony, preferably on Sunday, to allow as many students as possible to receive a trophy. Trophies will not be available after the Sunday festival conclusion so please have someone present to pick up your trophy.

16. If we run out of trophies: In the event M.A.M.A. runs out of trophies at the Awards, they will be mailed to the studio at no cost.

Note to Teachers: You may want to use the parent-to-teacher information form for your own student registration and set your own deadline for their entries to reach you.

Teachers: Click Here for the Studio Entry Forms

Parents, make your check payable to the Associate Member studio
since one check from the studio must be submitted to the M.A.M.A. office.
Checks will not be accepted from individual entrants.

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