LVMTA Performance Opportunities

As a member of the Las Vegas Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association, the following performance opportunities are available to my students. You may find out more about these organizations by clicking on the logos to the right. Links will open in a new tab or window.


Ensemble Festival

An adjudicated event in a formal recital setting, for piano duets and duos. This event doubles as the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) Junior Festival for piano ensemble; students participating in Ensemble Festival have the option at registration to have their adjudications count toward points (and trophies) in the NFMC organization.


National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) Junior Festival

In Nevada, NFMC Junior Festival events are run under the umbrella of LVMTA. Students of all instruments perform two pieces for adjudication and are awarded points based on their performances. Students accumulate their points and are awarded trophies when they reach the requisite point levels.  (Generally, the first trophy is earned after approximately three or four years.) Please note that one of the pieces performed must be chosen from an approved NFMC list for the appropriate level, published in the NFMC bulletin.


Silver State Competition

The Silver State Competition is a state-sponsored event.  Each local Nevada association holds its own Silver State Competition.  The LVMTA competition is open to students in grades 1-12 and includes solo and ensemble categories in both classical and social (popular) music. The Silver State Competition is an excellent preparatory competition for students who may be interested in more advanced-level competitions in the future.


Roger Bushell Competition

Named in honor of one of LVMTA's founding members, the Roger Bushell Scholarship Competition offers substantial scholarship prizes and welcomes both local and out-of-state students, ages 9-18, in piano, winds and chamber music.  The competition culminates in two winners' recitals, featuring the first-place winner from each category.


MTNA Competition

The MTNA Nevada Competition is held in late October/early November.  Students throughout Nevada come together to compete for the opportunity to advance to the MTNA Southwest Division Competition and eventually the MTNA National Competition.  Divided into two age categories, the competition is open to performers ages 11-14 (Junior) and 15-18 (Senior).


Legacy Competition

This competition allows music students to compete with classical repertoire among their peers in a judged format for awards of First Place, Second Place and Honorable Mention.  Woodwind Solo, Piano Ensemble and Chamber Music are the categories available to my studio. The competition is open to ages 9-18. First place winners perform in a Winner's Recital at which time they receive a commemorative plaque.


Chase-Riecken Musicianship Exams

The Chase-Riecken Exams measure a student's background in music theory, technique and performance. Included are concepts in a 10-level, logically-ordered sequence, from elementary rudiments to advanced studies.  Musicianship exams are given once a year, in the spring. The student is awarded a written critique, trophy and Certificate of Performance upon completion (70% or above) of each level.

Suzuki Book Recitals

All Suzuki students are encouraged to celebrate the completion of a book by presenting (from memory) a Book Recital.  These are generally performed in the student's home, the studio or their church.  It is a wonderful way to share their accomplishment with family and friends.


Community Service Performances

All students are given the opportunity to sign up and participate in these concerts.  Performed in various locations throughout the Las Vegas Valley, students may perform 1 or more, recital-ready pieces.  This is a perfect setting to help get ready for competitions, Jr. Festival, exams, etc.  Assisted Living Homes and the Nevada State Veterans Home are most frequented by our studio.