Recitals, Adjudications & Festivals

Students in the Susan Todd Music Studio may participate in studio or area recitals and community service performances. OMTA and OFMC sponsor festivals and adjudications for performance, composition, and ensemble. All event registration fees are non-refundable after the stated registration deadline. Extra coaching, if needed, is $70/hour.

Studio Recitals are held in January and April. All students are encouraged (but not required) to participate. The January recital features ensembles, and the April recital features music prepared for Junior Festival. Students may also participate in recitals sponsored by the West Side Recitals group, which are held four or five times throughout the year. We may also plan small Family Music Gatherings in the studio and/or have occasional opportunities to entertain senior citizens in the community. Any student may plan a solo recital, and high school seniors are encouraged to plan a recital celebrating their years of study.

Oregon Music Teachers Association sponsors these student evaluations. Students may participate in the fall or spring. Students prepare three memorized pieces (four for upper division) plus an extensive set of technical and theoretical skills for evaluation by a trained adjudicator. Students receive judge’s comments and a certificate. Evaluations are held in private studios in Hillsboro or Beaverton.

Ensemble Festival
Teams of two or more students may participate in the OMTA Ensemble Festival in January. Students perform in competitive or non-competitive recitals and receive judge’s comments and a certificate. This event is held at Portland Piano Company, 8700 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland, OR 97220.

Composition Events
For the composers in the studio there are several competitive and non-competitive options. Details and fees for each will be announced to those showing interest. Fees include score and recording preparation and assistance with submission.
In Good Hands is a project with Cascadia Composers, a Portland-based composer organization. Students choose a piece or composer to work with and prepare together for a summer recital in Portland.

Junior Festival
Students in this festival participate in small recitals, receive the judge’s verbal and written comments, a certificate and ribbon, and can accumulate points towards a gold trophy cup (each award level takes three to five years to complete.)  Students prepare two memorized solo pieces for this April event. Duet, concerto and theory options are available as well. Junior Festival is held at Christ United Methodist Church, 12755 NW Dogwood Street, Portland OR 97229.

Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary Music Festivals
These OMTA festivals feature recital/master-class sessions for advancing pianists, with a focus on a certain period’s repertoire. Some have non-competitive options. Most are held at Portland Piano Company.

SPT Conferences and Mini-Recitals
This in-studio event for continuing students and their parents is held in mid-May during the final lesson of the term. Students, Parents and Teacher confer regarding the year’s progress and make plans for the coming year. Students also give a short recital for their families.

​Page updated 6/14/2021