Sonata/Sonatina Festival - Information

Chairpersons: Peggy Newhall

Gail Cope

Event Dates: Friday, May 3, 2019 and Saturday, May 4, 2019

Location: First Baptist Church of Springfield
7300 Gary Street, Springfield, VA 22150

Application Deadline: April 1, 2019
Application available in the yearbook or at the website, at

Mail one application and check to: Peggy Newhall
6641 Cardinal Lane, Annandale, VA 22003
Please send one check for the total amount, made payable to the Springfield Music Club.

Email one application to:

Judging: Please see SMC Sonata-Sonatina judging page. Judging sheets may be found online.

Entry Requirements

  1. There are three levels in the Sonatina-Sonata Festival (comparable to Springfield Festival):

    Level 1: Beginner - Primary IV (Elementary Sonatina)

    Level 2: Elementary I - Medium (Sonatina, Simple Sonata)

    Level 3: Moderately Difficult and above(Sonata)

  2. Vocal Art Song: (comparable to Art Song in Spring Festival)

    Level 1: Primary - K thru Elementary 3

    Level 2: Junior 1-3

    Level 3: Senior 1 and higher

  3. Each student must play one or more movements of a published Sonata/Sonatina OR sing one Art Song at least 20 measures in length. At least one movement of the Sonata/Sonatina must be a minimum of 20 measures in length. Performance should not exceed 10 minutes. An ABA form piece will no longer qualify. The piece need not have Sonatina in its title, but MUST be part of a larger work that is called Sonatina. Any number of movements may be played, not to exceed 10 minutes. Vocal students may choose any Art Song selection from current or past NFMC Festival Bulletins. Piano Duets, Original Compositions, or Musical theater categories are NOT acceptable. The chairmen will determine any disqualifications based on judges’ comments. Their decision will be final. Please ask if you are not sure of something.

  4. All music must be memorized and played in its entirety with no repeats.  D.C. al Fine and D.S. al Coda are to be observed.  Vocal students may be “a capella” or accompanied.   No Xerox or computer generated copies of music will be allowed.

  5. Time scheduling:  Each student may choose from a 3 hour block of time (Fri. pm/Sat am/Sat pm).  These requests will be honored, but once scheduled, no changes will be made.  Please indicate these requests on the Application Form.

  6. Judging Commitment:  Teachers entering 10 students or less must judge 1 block of time (3 hours). Teachers with 11 – 20 students must judge 2 blocks of time. Teachers with more than 20 students must judge all three blocks of time. If a teacher is unable to judge the required time, the SMC Policy on substitute judges will apply.

  7. Ratings:  Ratings will be given. They will be Superior, Excellent, Satisfactory or Needs Improvement. A rating of Superior or Excellent must be given by both judges to receive a trophy.

  8. Trophy Pick-up:  TBA

  9. Judging sheets: Will be available in the yearbook or may be found at the website,