|These rules and
regulations pertain to the festival being held Thursday, July 26 through Sunday, July 29, 2018,
at the Marriott St. Louis Airport, 10700 Pear Tree Lane St. Louis MO 63134.
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NOT guaranteed and are subject to availability.
Please read the Contestant Registration section
carefully for scheduling questions.
Please make note of our email address to reach
Pam Gabel, M.A.M.A. secretary:
are happy to welcome once again our guest composer, Catherine
Rollin, who is appearing for the second time in as many years at
Rollin will adjudicating the Composer's composition category and
present a masterclass with selected student performances playing
her pieces from years of masterful composition. For more
information on Composer's Composition, see
the guidelines for this category.
also visit Ms.
- Judging on Thursday (afternoon), Friday, Saturday and Sunday (morning)
- Awards Ceremony will be held Friday evening and Sunday afternoon.
- We anticipate the Sunday awards ceremony may conclude shortly after
A studio representative must be present to claim trophies not picked up by contestants. Unclaimed trophies will not be mailed.
- Entries must be submitted by May
25, 2018, with all information to avoid additional fee. There will be a $10.00 fee per contestant
for any additional information submitted after the May 25,
- Use this
link for reservations at the
Marriott St. Louis Airport. We highly encourage you to stay at the hotel at the amazing price of
$87.00 per night. The amenities are fabulous!
You'll be very happy you decided to stay during the festival.
- If using
digitally downloaded music, the original purchase receipt must be
available upon request and purchased after January 1, 2017.
- Talent Show contestants must use one-track CD-R if using any electronic accompaniment. Bring labeled
CD-R with you at time of check-in for the talent show. The check-in this year has been moved up to 12 noon on
the Saturday of the festival. The order of performance will be posted by 4:00pm the day of the talent
- PIANO COMPETITIVE (scheduled Friday only): Competitive Piano contestants age limit
- cannot be more than age 18 on August 1, 2018.
- M.A.M.A. accompanist is available for $50 if notified by July 7,
2018. If after that date, the charge will be $75.
is the general format of the MAMA festival?
A. All events are held at the
Marriott St. Louis Airport, 10700 Pear Tree Lane, St. Louis MO. When making room reservations, mention MAMA to
get the special festival rate or use the link that will ensure that rate for you.
here for direct reservations.
- Entrants can participate in multiple categories (see details and available days
- Awards ceremonies are on Friday evening for Thursday and Friday participants and on Sunday afternoon for
Saturday and Sunday morning participants. Names of those receiving Superior scores are posted Thursday
evening and Friday preceding the Awards, Saturday evening and Sunday preceding the Awards.
- At the Awards Ceremony, Superior recipients are called to the stage to receive their trophy.
Q. For performance accompaniment, may I use computer-generated music or a CD accompaniment?
A. Live accompaniment is required.
Q. May I use photocopied music for any festival performance or judging?
A. Photocopied music is only allowed with a permanently-out-of-print letter from publisher.
Q. May we photograph or video my adjudication?
A. No photography or video recording equipment is allowed in any room during judging.
Q. What happens if I cannot be present at the Friday night or Sunday afternoon Awards Ceremony to pick up my
trophy if I receive a Superior rating?
A. A studio representative (with an authorization letter, which will be provided to the Associate Member in July)
must pick up trophies after the ceremony. Unclaimed trophies are available only at the awards ceremonies;
if not claimed at either of the Awards Ceremonies, trophies will be forfeited and will not be mailed by
Q. When will I receive my Rating Sheet?
A. Studio packets with Rating Sheets will be distributed (authorization letter required) following Sunday Awards.
For those not present, MAMA Secretary will mail the Rating Sheets to the Associate Member.
Q. Are there a set number of superiors that will be awarded? Is the festival a competition?
A. There is no set number of superior ratings. The only competitions in the MAMA festival are
Piano Competitive and a competition for Top
Virtuoso - the most advanced classification.
Q. What if there is not a required list of music for regular solo entry on my instrument (viola, cello, etc)?
A. If your instrument is not listed in the required lists, you will choose two contrasting pieces for your regular solo entry.
Q. How do I know what classification to enter?
A. For solo divisions that have a required list, choose class based on repertoire. For those instruments with no required list and for duets & ensembles, the following are general guidelines: Classes
G,F,E = early to mid-elementary; Classes D, C, B = late elementary to early intermediate; Classes A, AA,
AAA = mid to late intermediate; Junior Virtuoso to Virtuoso = advanced.
Q. What are the guidelines about taking repeats?
A. For all instruments class G through Virtuoso and Concerto - repeated sections longer than 8 measures should not be taken unless D. C. or D. S. or to complete the piece properly.
Q. Is there a time limit for my adjudication?
A. There is not a time limit; however, the following are guides for time scheduled for classes. Judges may need to cut performance if beyond these time suggestions:
(B & lower)
(A & above)
up to tear down)
do I reserve a room at the hotel?
A. We highly encourage you to stay at the Adam's Mark Hotel at the amazing price of
$87.00 per night. This rate will only be available until the M.A.M.A. room block is full or until
July 7, 2018, whichever occurs first. Click
here for convenient online reservations. Phone: 314-423-9700.
do I register my students for the MAMA festival?
A. Registrations are done through MAMA Associate Members
- ENTRY FORMS are found
here; all repertoire must be included on entry forms; $10.00 per change or addition after deadline.
- CHECKS can only be from Associate Members.
FUND CHECK CHARGE: $20.00.
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: May
25, 2018 to avoid the $10.00 per entry late fee for postmarks after this date.
- PREFERRED DAY may be
requested; however, there is NO guarantee that every request can be fulfilled; if an entrant must be scheduled on a certain day, indicate
"must have" by that entry on the entry form.
CHANGES: $10.00 regardless of which day was requested. No exceptions.
Teachers, please report contestant cancellations to the secretary prior to the festival.
ONLINE FORM on this site.
I use digitally downloaded music?
A. Yes, you may as long as the original purchase receipt is available upon request and is purchased after January 1,
What are the festival fees?
A. Associate Membership - $45.00
A. Teachers may add an additional Studio Fee.
A. Entry Fees...
- 1st Solos Class G thru AAA
- Virtuoso and
Junior Virtuoso $36.00
- Open $40.00
- Solo Entry on
2nd Instrument - $23.00
Hymn/Patriotic & Jazz/Blues - $30.00
Hobbyist - $30.00
Hobbyist - $30.00
Composition - $35.00
Composition - $25.00
- Duet Teams through AAA (per team)
- Duo Teams (two piano, per team)
- Duets Vurtuoso
& Jr. Virtuoso - $30.00
- # of
individuals in ens./orchestra only - $12.00
- Orchestras -
Groups - no charge
Competitive - $25.00
- Music Quiz Bowl (Per team)
- Theory Bee -
- Talent Show (Per act)
- Late Fees (for
postmarks after May 25, 2018) - $10.00
ACCOMPANIST may be the teacher of contestant; M.A.M.A. will assist in locating an accompanist, but contestants are encouraged to bring their own; any contestant who wishes to use the M.A.M.A. accompanist will pay a $50.00 fee per event if contacted, which covers 20 minutes rehearsal time on preceding evening and the audition time. Deadline for submitting accompanist request, copy of music and non-refundable accompanist fee (payable to M.A.M.A.) is July 7,
2018. If deadline is not met, the charge will be $75.00. For
M.A.M.A. accompanist, call: Myra Lemons at (913) 515-0585. (Bring to festival the Original Scores for the judge, the contestant, and the accompanist.)
AUDIENCE allowed in solo class A through Virtuoso, piano competitive, vocal theater, original composition,
Composer's Composition, and all un-memorized events. Closed auditions may not be requested.
CHOOSING A CLASS: A contestant cannot enter two classes on the same instrument: example, do not enter Class D and also Class C on the same instrument. Contestants entering two or more solo divisions must play different selections each division. For example:
regular piano solo entry cannot be same repertoire as hymn/patriotic or
piano competitive. This applies to all instruments. **A contestant's choice piece
may not appear on lower level of the test list than the required piece.
CUTS IN MUSIC may not be
made by the performer. Contestants must perform as
MUSIC MARKINGS: Dynamics & tempo markings may be inserted by teacher when none is given.
Measures must be numbered. Contestant name, scheduled time & room number should be on the music.
MUSIC STANDS & AMPLIFIERS are not provided. Contestant must provide.
PHOTOCOPIED MUSIC: Absolutely no photocopied music will be allowed in judging rooms unless a letter from the publisher stating
"permanently out of print" has been submitted
before the festival to the M.A.M.A. secretary; otherwise,
both the contestant (in categories which allow music to be used) and judge (in every instance) must have
original scores; students using photocopied music that is not P.O.P. will be disqualified from the festival. This applies to any soloist, accompanist, or duet/ensemble participant.
TEACHERS are permitted to be contestants in only AA, AAA, Jr. Virtuoso, Virtuoso and Open
OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERFORMERS:
*Will be selected by the judges from all entrants except solo piano
and Virtuoso, any instrument. (1st place Competitive Piano winners will be considered Outstanding Young
Performers for Solo Piano.)
*Criteria: exceptional musicianship, performance, poise, etc.
*The Outstanding Young Performers list will be posted Saturday evening
as an invitation to play on the OYP recital preceding the Sunday awards
*Due to time constraints, Sunday morning contestants will not be eligible for
- If contestant is scheduled for two or more performances at about the same time, to go orchestra first, ensemble second, duet third,
- PRIOR TO PLAYING, contestants are encouraged to announce their name and the names of the pieces they are performing in all divisions having audiences.
- ORIGINAL MUSIC: All contestants are required to bring the original of both test piece and choice
piece music to present to the judge; three point penalty for failure to do so.
(see above for full explanation regarding photocopied music)
- MEMORIZATION: Required in Solo division, (except organ AAA,
organ Junior Virtuoso, and organ Virtuoso), and some other categories. Check next section for memorization in specific categories.
- RATINGS ANNOUNCEMENT:
Superiors will be posted near the Information Desk as soon as possible after judging is completed
each day. Friday and Sunday Superiors will be posted as soon as available prior to the Awards Ceremony.
- AWARD CRITERIA: Trophies will be awarded to scores of exactly 95 points or above. Trophies will be presented first to only the contestants who are present at the awards ceremony.
- AWARDS CEREMONIES:
judging - Friday evening; for Saturday & Sunday judging - Sunday
- TROPHY PICK-UP:
An authorized studio representative must pick up trophies for absentee contestants
after the Friday awards and after the Sunday awards. Trophies will not be available after the close of the Sunday awards.
All Rating Sheet Studio Packets will be available at the close of Sunday awards.
- ORCHESTRA & ENSEMBLE TROPHIES are awarded to the entering studio. Duplicates for individual members of superior groups may be purchased following the awards ceremony near the M.A.M.A. Information desk.
GUIDELINES FOR SPECIFIC
instrument used to accompany another entry in the festival.
- Plays two
pieces with another participant.
- Both are
judged at the same time.
- Trophy awarded
for Superior rating; not contingent upon performance of the other
- may be any instrument available in the festival;
may be solo, duet, or ensemble
- play two contrasting pieces (no required test piece)
- memorization not required
- lead sheet can be used (Fake Book, etc.)
- Bring Original Score for the judge
and original score for the contestant.
- may be any
instrument available in the festival
- play two choice
classical and/or "teaching" contrasting pieces
- trophy will be
awarded for superior rating
- Bring original
score for the judge and original score for the contestant
must enter the regular MAMA solo division to enter the Composer's
- Required list will be the compositions of one composer for this category. No levels, so pieces being judged may be varied in difficulty.
- Entrant may choose any one piece from
Composer's Composition repertoire as selected by instructor.
- Audience is allowed.
- Superior ratings will receive a trophy. There is no competition for Superiors.
- Composer will judge all entries and from the Superiors
awarded will choose entrants to perform on a Sunday morning
- Entrants agree when entering that they will be available for the 8:30 a.m. Sunday Masterclass, if chosen.
- can be any instrument, any level; no required list; adjudication on memorized solo part only.
- to qualify for
this category, the concerto must have an accompaniment
- play any one
- Senior Division: similar to Class A through
- Junior Division:
similar to Class B through G
- accompanist may be the teacher; no trophy awarded for accompanist part and memory not required.
- Bring Original Score for the judge
and original score for the accompanist.
- Entrants will
perform two numbers of their own choice of contrast. Memorization not required. (Bring Original Score for the judge
and original score for the contestant.) No top virtuoso winner in the Duet Division.
Entries may be duet - for one piano or duo - for two pianos.
ELECTRONIC KEYBOARD DIVISION:
- Those who study keyboard may enter using
piano test list. Contestants would need to bring their own keyboard, extension cord and amplifier if needed.
OPEN SOLO DIVISION:
- For any contestant who is a previous virtuoso winner. Music should be of suitable concert material, one hour duration. Complete program must be sent to Secretary for review by the Board one month prior to the festival (i.e. list pieces and composers). Contestant cannot play in both virtuoso and open division in the same year. Open division may be repeated in successive years using different repertoire.
The judge will hear part or all of each work; audition will be
approximately 20 minutes in total.
POP/BLUES/JAZZ (any instrument):
- Piano Pop/Blues/Jazz will be scheduled any of the festival
- Each piece must be a minimum of 16 bars, not including repeats.
- Contestants not required to enter any other event.
- Repertoire: no required list; however, if entering regular solo, choose
same level of difficulty;
Choose 2 hymns, 2 patriotic or 1 of each; for pop/blues/jazz: any 2 of
TV or movie themes, blues or jazz.
- Memorization not required; Bring Original Score for the judge
and original score for the contestant.
- Superior rating will receive a trophy.
ENSEMBLE DIVISION (3-8 players):
- Will play two contrasting numbers of choice; must be different from own orchestra pieces played this year or last year. Memory not required. (Bring Original Score for the judge
and original score for the contestants.) May use no more than 2 pianos. Ensemble trophies are awarded to the entering studio. Duplicates for individual members of the superior groups may be purchased. Total suggested time allotments: Class A & above
- 10 minutes; Class B & below - 7 minutes.
ORCHESTRA DIVISION: (9 or more players):
- Percussion may be added. Amplification may be used. No age limit for members; amateur or professional members; A contestant can be involved in no more than two orchestras, regardless of the number of instruments played. Memory not required. (Bring Original Score for the judge
and original score for the contestants.) Complete written scores must be provided for the judge. All played notes must be shown on the score.
Total of 20 minutes allowed for set up, warm up, performance and tear down.
Disqualification for exceeding 20 minutes. Pre-rehearsal arrangements will be made, if desired, with the hotel at your own expense. All orchestras will play on Saturday, office scheduling permitting.
- Composer/contestant must submit composition manuscript to the judge and perform the piece.
Memorization optional; audience allowed. May be any style and open to all solo divisions in the festival. Adjudication will be on the composition itself rather than the performance.
- Marimba: not furnished; bring your own instrument; indicate on entry form if you need piano
- Class D through Virtuoso
Play one set drum solo and one snare drum solo (one
required, one choice). If you play a required list set solo, you may choose a
snare solo that does not have to be from the list; if you play a
required snare solo, you may choose a set solo that does not have to be from the list.
- Drum solos Class A and below will use drum set provided at festival to alleviate crowded space and time
factor. Participants in classes G through A will not be allowed to bring duplication instruments of their own.
- A layout of the provided drum set will be available upon request. If something needed is not provided, the teacher is to
contact the M.A.M.A. secretary by July
7. Drum set furnished will be: Standard set with 2 crashes, 1 ride cymbal, hi-hat and
(scheduled Friday only):
- Contestants must enter the regular M.A.M.A. festival solo division as well as
"competitive" with a different
competitive piece but from the same level as regular solo. Choose Competitive selection from the
Test-List-Same-Level as solo division. Memorization is required.
- Competitive Piano contestants age limit
- cannot be more than age 18 on August 1, 2018.
- Class G through Junior Virtuoso may enter. Only one (1) selection will be performed.
- 1st, 2nd & 3rd places may be awarded in each division. 1st Place must be 95% or higher; 2nd & 3rd place must receive a score of at least 90%. No second or third place awarded if no first place winner.
- There will be
no ties. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners must move to the next higher solo class the following year.
- Competitive groups will have 20 or less participants.
In Class G through Class B, each group will be playing in the same solo class. Larger groups will be divided by age within same solo class. (For example, class D and E will not be judged against each other; if Class D competitive has more than 20 participants, a class D-1 and a class
D-2 will be scheduled, determined by age). Class A through Junior Virtuoso may be somewhat grouped together, depending on number of entries.
- The competitive piece can be changed no later than 10 days before the festival. A change fee will apply.
- Audience permitted in all classes.
- Competitive winners
recital - Friday, 6:00 p.m. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winners may be
performing, depending on available time.
- 1st place winners
may be invited to play on the Sunday Recital preceding the awards
ceremony, depending on available time.
- All solo contestants will play two
memorized selections: One test piece chosen from the official test piece list and one choice piece
of contrast (which may also be from the same level on the test list). All solo instrument categories (with exceptions listed above) will have test piece lists.
- Required lists contain multiple choices because music continually goes out of print. Please notify the MAMA secretary if you know of pieces that are permanently out of print.
- A contestant's choice piece
may not appear on lower level of the test list than the required piece.
TALENT SHOW - Will be scheduled Saturday,
6:30 p.m.; Check in for all entrants is 6:00 p.m.
- Talent Show contestants must use one-track CD-R if using any electronic accompaniment. Bring labeled CD-R with you at time of check-in for the talent show.
The check-in this year has been moved up to 12 noon on the Saturday of the festival. The order of performance will be posted by 4:00pm the day of the talent
- Two Divisions: Junior
- age 12 & under; Senior - age 13 & over through high
school. Entrants who graduated high school in spr9ing preceding
the summer festival are eligible - college age students are not
must also be entered in another festival event (solo, duet, or quiz
- Can participate in only one talent show
event; cannot use same number as in another judging event.
- Costumes with
discretion are encouraged with an age-appropriate dress code for a
dress will result in contestant disqualification.
- Time Limit: 5
minutes; can only do one number
- Entries may be
soloists or acts; does not have to be your principal instrument
- Should be
related to music, but no lip sync
- memorization required; audience allowed
- choose 2 numbers
- quality selections from films or other music theater pieces (songs from Disney films are especially appropriate for younger voices.
Please do not select songs from country or heavy rock styles.)
- 7 minutes including set up is allotted for each contestant; judge may cut performance going over time.
UNFRETTED STRING DIVISION:
- Entrants will choose two contrasting pieces
if no test list is available.
- All Virtuosos will be judged on Saturday. A top virtuoso winner will be chosen where, in the
opinions the entrant is top caliber. Top winners will play on the Sunday Honors Recital. There will be no tie for top virtuoso in any division. Virtuoso entrants must play pieces as written (see special notes above for repeats longer than 8 measures) and will play two
- one from the test list and one of their choice. Virtuoso entries are to send a resume concerning their musical study, attached to the entry form. A top virtuoso winner is not eligible to be the top winner two consecutive years on the same instrument.
- One Top Virtuoso may be chosen from each of the following categories: piano, percussion, all fretted string, all unfretted string, all brass, all woodwind, all accordion, harp, and voice.
Times may vary slightly due to scheduling.
26 through July 29, 2018
Marriott St. Louis Airport, 10700 Pear Tree Lane, St. Louis MO 63134
depending on number of entries, judging may begin
Thursday afternoon 1:00 p.m. for piano solos/duets.
Friday - judging begins at 8:00 a.m.; superiors posted prior to awards ceremony
Quiz Bowl Preliminary Rounds 3:00 p.m. and after
Competitive Piano Recital 6:00 p.m. (1st & 2nd place winners play; 3rd place winners will play if time
Awards Ceremony for Thursday & Friday Events 7:00 p.m.
Saturday - judging begins at 8:00 a.m.; superiors posted by 9:00 p.m.
Quiz Bowl 2:00 p.m. and after
Talent Show 6:30 p.m.; performance with check in at 6:00 p.m.
Sunday - judging begins at 8:00 a.m.; superiors posted prior to awards ceremony
Composer's Composition Masterclass 8:30 a.m.
Quiz Bowl 10:30 a.m. (for Level III final round)
Recital 11:00 a.m. (Outstanding Young Performers and Virtuoso)
Awards Ceremony 12:30 p.m. (for Saturday & Sunday events)
fairness to all who attend the awards assembly,
seats may not be reserved in quantities for studio members.
contestant guilty of any damage, personal or real, to property or unruly
during festival will be disqualified from the festival.
fees returned after scheduling is complete.
Do not use the Individual Teacher or
Studio Membership Application for contestant applications.
Core questions used over the past 10 years are available to all studios
from the Secretary upon request.
Preliminary rounds start Friday,
3:00 p.m. Number of teams determines Friday scheduling.
Teams consist of 3-4 members; no limit on number of teams from a studio. No age limit; classification will be according to the highest solo division on the team. Team members must participate in solo division.
entrant can be on only one team.
Class D entrant can participate on either an E-F-G team or a B-C-D team.
E-F-G team can have only one Class D participant.
Classifications will be:
- Level 1 EFG solo participants
(with one class D entrant permitted per team)
- Level II BCD solo participants
- Level III A
- Virtuoso solo participants
Questions will include history, theory, aural and musicianship appropriate for each level.
Written preliminary test will be Friday 2:00 to 3:00
p.m. if the number of teams entered necessitates an elimination round test. Three highest individual scores on each team will be used in determining the semi-final
teams. Semi-final rounds are Friday with up to four teams for each level.
Finals competition is Saturday for Level I and II and Sunday for Level III.
Each round will consist of a set number of questions; 10 seconds will be given to answer, if missed, the other team
has the option to accept that question or ask for a new one. If accepted, there will be no repeat of the question and 5 seconds to answer.
Study guide for Quiz Bowl written test:
LEVEL I: be able to:
- Name the notes on the lines and spaces of G & F clef
- Identify melodic intervals of a m2, M2, M3; write the same above a given note
- Identify half and whole steps
- Identify M & m triads, including sharp and flat names; redraw minor triads as major and vice versa
- Identify Major key signatures up to 4 sharps and flats
- Write the rest or note that is the equivalent of a given number of note values
- Complete measures with one note or rest in 6/8, C, 2/4, 3/8,
- Know the terms: treble clef, staccato, mf, leger lines, allegro, crescendo, p, interval, rit, una corda, dim, andante, accel, harmonic, minor, whole step, legato
- Know the composers Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Prokofiev
- Draw all Major scales up to 3 sharps and flats
LEVEL II: be able to:
- Name the notes above the treble and bass staffs
- Identify intervals from m2 through M6; write the same above a
- Identify any Major or minor triad or dominant 7th chord
- Draw any Major, minor, diminished, augmented triad or dominant 7th chord
- Identify any major or minor key signature
- Complete measures with one note or rest in any meter
- Know the terms: double shard, grace note, alto, tenor, authentic cadence, enharmonic, tonic, alla breve, binary, ternary, soprano, opus, fp, sfz, bass, cadenza, K numbers
- Know the following composers: Haydn, Chopin, Mendelssohn, J. Strauss, Brahms, Sousa, Joplin, Rachmaninoff, Debussey, Ravel
- Know the term parallel Major and minor
- Draw any major or minor scale (any form)
LEVEL III: be able to:
- Write the tonic, supertonic, etc. note of any scale, Major and minor
- Write or identify any interval
- Draw a triad on any note of any scale. Also Diminished 7ths
- Complete a measure in any meter with one note or rest
- Know these terms: Deceptive cadence, meno, piu, dolce, plagal cadence, chorale, drone, senza oratorio, Alberti Bass, litretto, rondo, modulation, cantabile, marcato, simile, Baroque suite, subject
- Know these composers: Handel, Beethoven, Schubert, Tschaikovsky, Dvorak, Gershwin, Stravinsky, Copland, Zwilich, Tower
- Draw the whole tone scale, the chromatic scale and any modal scale