Music Lessons in Sonoma County—-MTAC Teachers

Music Lessons in Sonoma County—-MTAC Teachers


About Our Performance Competition

Sonia Tubridy Memorial Competition

In April of each year, MTAC Sonoma County sponsors a piano competition for students of member teachers.  Students compete with others of equivalent age level and experience.  Adjudicated by professional judges, awards are given for 1st place, 2nd place, and honorable mention.  Trophies and prizes are presented at an Awards Recital.

Competing in local arenas on a smaller scale provides those who choose to enter, an opportunity to mature their performance skills and work to a new level of skill.  

Rules and Guidelines for the Competition

Date April 28,2024

Please request entry forms by email to  

Gwen Churchill or

Mary Beard


Piano solos and ensembles (duets, trios, etc) are open to students residing in Sonoma, Lake, or Mendocino counties, who study with active, provisional, or contributory members of MTAC Sonoma County.  They must be in school or home study grades 1-12, and have studied with the current teacher for at least 6 months.

Participation Requirements

1) In the Elementary Division the students will compete by level.  In the Junior and Senior Divisions, students will compete by group.

          Elementary Division      School grades 1-6

                                               Levels 2-Advanced.     Time limit 8 minutes

          Junior Division              School grades 7-9

                                    Group A.         Levels 4-5.      Time limit 10 minutes

                                    Group B.         Levels 6-7.      Time limit 10 minutes

                                    Group C.         Levels 8-9.      Time limit 12 minutes

                                    Group D.         Advanced.       Time limit 12 minutes

          Senior Division              School grades 10-12

                                     Group B.         Levels 6-7.      Time limit 15 minutes

                                     Group C.         Levels 8-9.      Time limit 15 minutes

                                     Group D.         Advanced.       Time limit 15 minutes

       Due to time limits, some pieces may be interrupted before completion.

2) Previous first place winners in piano solo must advance to the next level in the Elementary Division and to the next group in the Junior and Senior Divisions.

3) Original scores of music to be performed must be provided for the judges.  No photocopies.  Purchased on-line copies may be used with proof of purchase. 

4) No changes in repertoire will be allowed after the submission deadline, April 15, 2024.

5) Only official entry forms with one check per studio, payable to MTAC Sonoma County, will be accepted.

6) All teachers entering students are required to contribute on the day of the competition.

Repertoire requirements 


Piano solo 

1). Two memorized compositions from contrasting periods of music history must be performed.  Choose from: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionist, Mid-20th Century through the present. 

2) One composition must be in the 2012 CM Syllabus or syllabus addendum.  In groups with combined levels, the repertoire may be from either level.

    The other composition is free choice.  Registration levels for the competition do not have to correspond to the student’s current Certificate of Merit level.

3) Single movements from longer works should be performed without repeats except "da capo".  Short compositions from the same opus number may be grouped as a single work.



Ensembles may be any combination of instruments or voice.  At least one member of the ensemble must be studying with an MTAC branch teacher.  The student in the highest school grade determines the division.

1) Two short works or one longer work may be performed, without repeats.  Time will be limited to 8 minutes.

2) Memory is not required.  Performers will provide page-turner, bench, music stands, etc.

3) Repertoire must be original works or transcriptions by the composer him/herself.  No "popular" tunes, thematic excerpts, or simplifications will be accepted.  Any vocal songs should be from classical literature or legit theater (no belting or pop tunes).


For piano solos, prizes will be available for each level in the Elementary Division (trophies) and for each group in the Junior and Senior Divisions.  For ensembles, prizes will be for each division.

Registration Fees.        Solo $30, Duet $30.   Registration deadline April 15, 2024, NO exceptions

Competition date April 28, 2024, all day

Location Forsyth Hall, Santa Rosa Junior College