Forum Music Teachers Association of Houston, Inc.

Forum Auditions

This is a piano solo performance event by students at seven different levels, to be judged individually on a number basis from 1+ to 4. Students perform individually.  Forum Auditions is an event that requires a high standard of preparation and performance from the student in order to achieve a superior rating.  Judging standards are consistently high in order to challenge the student and teacher to work towards their musical potential.

CHAIRMAN: Sarah Kuo
Phebe Wusan
DATE: By noon on Saturday, December 11th, 2021
LOCATION:
University of Houston
FEE: $30.00 per student.  Make check out to FORUM.
DEADLINES:
Student enrollment estimates are now due on Wed Oct. 06, 2021. All teachers who intend to enroll their students in this event must email their estimated number of students who are participating to the chairperson. This is to secure the appropriate number of judges for the event. Email estimates to sarahHkuo@gmail.com

This is to secure a suitable number of judges for the event.

Entry (online) form and check are due Wed. Nov. 3, 2021. Since technology is unreliable, please also email the entry form as an attachment to sarahHkuo@gmail.com

Mail the check to:

Phebe Wusan
19 Town Oaks Place Bellaire, TX 77401

 

TEACHER REQUIREMENTS:
All teachers who enter students will be scheduled to monitor for morning or afternoon.
All participating teachers are required to work at this event. Teachers who are unable to fulfill their work requirement for any reason must provide advance notice to the chair ahead of the event, and pay one of the following applicable fees:
– $150 with at least one week’s notice,
– $175 with less than one week’s notice, or no notice.
Teachers who are unable to work due to an emergency must notify the chair immediately, the fee may be waived with the approval of the chair and the president.
RATINGS: 1+ = Medal    1 = blue ribbon    2 = red ribbon  3 = white ribbon   4 = green ribbon
TROPHIES: Students who have participated in Forum Auditions for three years (need not be consecutive years), and whose ratings average 2 or higher, will be awarded a trophy.

REGISTRATION STEPS:

  1. Please gather ALL student information before beginning the online entry form.
  2. For the entry form, go to the Forum Auditions dashboard (click on the dashboard tab at the right-hand corner of the page or scroll to the bottom of this webpage). The entry form will look like this:
Teacher Name (Last, First) Student Name (Last, First) Alphabetized by Level Level Composition Selection 1: Title Selection 1: Composer Selection 2: Title Selection 2: Composer (Optional) Selection 3: Title (Optional) Selection 3: Composer
  • Fill out the entry form
  • At the bottom of the form, click the green “Download” tab to save the form onto your computer. Then, click the blue “Email to Admin” tab.
  • Technology is unreliable, so please also email the entry form to sarahHkuo@gmail.com.as an attachment by Nov. 3, 2021.

3. Mail one check (made out to FORUM) for all your students ($30 x total number of student entries) to the following address: Phebe Wusan 19 Town Oaks Place Bellaire, TX 77401. You may also give the chairperson your check on or before the deadline.

4. Turn in all completed materials including the Authorization for Photo Release Form above to the chairperson by November 3, 2021. If mailing or emailing registration, please do so ahead of time to ensure the chairperson receives it by the deadline.

5. Please note: You will be required to fill out repertoire and scale information for each student registered. Please refer to the Performance and Technical requirements.

CRITIQUE SHEETS:

Teachers are responsible for filling out their students’ critique sheets. Critique sheets can be downloaded from the Forum Auditions tab on the Teacher Dashboard.

 

PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS

 

REPERTOIRE (please see repertoire guidelines):

Level 1-3:  3 pieces of two contrasting periods, plus technical requirements.
Levels 4-7:  2 pieces of contrasting periods, plus technical requirements.

TIME ALLOTMENTS:

Level 1 & 2: 7 minutes per student
Level 3 & 4: 10 minutes per student
Level 5 & 6: 12 minutes per student
Level 7: 14 minutes per student

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Students must play the technical requirement of their respective level or a higher level.  Grading of the scales will be judged as being satisfactory or unsatisfactory.  A grade of unsatisfactory will result in lowering the rating by one increment. (For example a 1+ will be lowered to a 1, 1 to a 1-)

Scale Groups:   A:  C, F, B            B:  G, B-Flat, E           C:  A, F-Sharp, E-Flat           D:  D, C-Sharp, A-Flat

Level 1: No scale requirement.
Level 2: Scale group A, B, C, or D. Majors only.

2 octaves in 8ths, MM quarter note = 60

Contrary or parallel motion, hands alone or together.

Level 3: Scale group A, B, C, or D. Majors only.

3 octaves in triplets, MM quarter note = 60

Parallel motion hands together.

Level 4: Scale group A, B, C, or D.  Majors and relative harmonic minors.

4 octaves in 16ths, MM quarter note = 60

Parallel motion, hands together.

Level 5: Scale group A, B, C, or D. Majors, relative harmonic and melodic minors.

4 octaves in 16ths, MM quarter note = 80

Parallel motion hands together.

Level 6: Same as level 5, except for MM quarter note = 100
Level 7: Same as level 5, except for MM quarter note = 120

FORUM AUDITIONS REPERTOIRE GUIDELINES

LEVEL 1

Dello Joio  Suite for the Young
Little Sister, Mountain Melody
Kabalevsky  24 Pieces for Children, Op. 39:
A Little Dance, Playing, A Little Joke
Jane Bastien Sonatinas
Faber Shout Boo!
Once Upon A Rainbow, Book 1 and 2
Gillock Accent on Solos Book 1 and 2
Accent on Majors
Duncombe  Sonatina
Rebikoff  The Bear

LEVEL 2

Bach Minuet in G Major 1 and 2,  Minuet in G Minor, Mussette in D Major, March in D Major
Clementi Sonatina Op. 36, No. 1 and 2
Beethoven Sonatina in G Major
Mozart  Minuet in F Major
Schumann  First Loss, Wild Horseman, The Merry Farmer, Soldiers March
Gillock Accent on Rhythm and Style,  Accent on Solos Book 3, Fanfare (collection of pieces)
Dello Joio Suite for the Young,  Little Brother, Invention, A Sad Tale, Small Fry
Bartok  For Children, Play Time, Jest
Biehl  Sonatina
Latour  Sonatina

LEVEL 3

Bach Short Preludes –   No. 1 in C Major – S.U. 924, No. 2 in C Major – S.U. 939
No. 2 in D Minor – S.U. 926, No. 8 in F Major
Clementi  Sonatina in C Major, Op. 36, No. 3 (Mvts. 1 & 2)

Sonatina in F Major, Op. 36, No. 4

Kuhlau  Sonatina in C Major, Op. 55, No. 1

Sonatina in C Major, Op. 55, No. 3 (2nd. Mvt.)

Sonatina in C Major, Op. 20, No. 1 (1st Mvt.)

Beethoven   Sonatina in F Major
Grieg  Elfin Dance, Sailor Song
Schumann  Album for the Young: Chorale, The Reaper’s Song, Rustic Song, Little Romance
R.Starer Sketches in Color – Set I – Bright Orange, Pink, Shades of Blue, Purple
Bartok Ten Easy Pieces:  Bear Dance, Evening in the Country
Prokofiev   Music for Children, Op. 65:  Tarantella, March, Regrets, Evening
Gillock Lyric Preludes,  Accent on Black Keys

LEVEL 4

Bach   Invention in C Major

18 Short Preludes (Alfred)

No. 4 in D Major       p. 12

No. 5 in E Major       p. 42

No. 6 in D Minor      p. 16

No. 11 in G Minor    p. 25

Beethoven Sonatas, Op. 49, Nos. 1 & 2
Clementi Sonatina in D Major, Op. 36, No. 6 (1st Mvmt.)
Kuhlau Sonatina in A Minor, Op. 88 No. 3 (3rd. Mvmt.)
Sonatina in F Major, Op. 20, No. 3 (1st Mvmt.)
Sonatina in C Major, Op. 55, No. 3 (1st Mvmt.)
Haydn Sonatina in D Major, Hob. XVI:4
Sonatina in C Major, Hob. XVI:10
Chopin Preludes in B Minor, C Minor, E Minor
Schumann Knecht Ruprecht from “Album for the Young”
Grieg Puck, Op. 71, No. 3
Debussy Le Petit Negre, Children’s Corner: Jumbo’s Lullaby, The little Shepherd

LEVEL 5

Bach Inventions: A Minor, B-flat Major, F Major, E Major
Mozart Sonata in C Major, K. 545
Haydn Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI:35
Sonata in D Major, Hob. XVI:37
Sonata in G Major, Hob. XVI:27
Mendelssohn Song Without Words: Venetian Boat Song, Op. 19, No. 6
Grieg Nocturne
Chopin Waltz in A Minor, Op. Posthumous, Mazurka, Op. 17, No. 1
lbert The Little White Donkey
Poulenc Mouvements Perpetuels
Kabalevsky Sonatina in C Major, Op. 13, No. 1

LEVEL 6

Bach French Suites, Nos. 5 & 6
Beethoven Sonatas, Op. 79; Op. 14, Nos. 1 & 2; Op. 10, No. 1; Op. 2, No. 1
Mozart Sonatas, K. 283, 330, 332, 570
Schubert Impromptu Op. 90, Nos. 3 & 4; Op. 142, No.2
Schumann Romance in F-sharp Major, Op. 28, No. 2
Chopin Nocturne in F Minor, Op. 55, No. 1; Op. 15, No. 3, Waltz, Op. 64, No.2
Debussy Arabesque, Nos. 1 & 2, Sarabande from “Suite pour le piano”
Copland The Cat and the Mouse
Bartok Allegro Barbaro
Muczynski Six Preludes
Khachaturian Toccata
Ginastera Rondo on Argentine Children’s Folk Tunes.

LEVEL 7

Bach Partitas; Toccatas; Preludes and Fugues
Beethoven Sonatas, Op. 2, No.3; Op. 22; Op. 10, No. 2 and 3; Op. 31, Op. 81a
Brahms Rhapsody, Op 79, No. 1
Haydn Hob. XVI:52; XVI:50
Mozart Sonatas, K. 281, 284, 310, 333, 576
Liszt Two Concert Etudes; Three Concert Etudes
Schumann Papillons; Fantasiestucke
Chopin Etudes, Ballades, Scherzi
Prokofiev Sonatas
Ravel J’deau; Sonatine; Gaspard de la nuit
Debussy Suite Bergamasque; Pour le Piano; Estampes