Festival Enrollment


             This year's Holiday Festival will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Ventura. The theme for this year’s festival is "Invitation to the Dance.”

             Repertoire: ONE memorized piece no longer than 4 minutes according to the theme – "Invitation to the Dance". Memorization requirements does not apply to winds.  All compositions written for the original instrument and all levels are eligible. As in all our branch recitals, NO REPEATS, D.C. is okay. One movement of a sonata/sonatina is allowed. Piano entries are limited to original works, no lesson/method books. No duplicate pieces within a studio will be permitted. Entries must be 16 measures minimum - all others are subject to variance committee approval. If you have questions about exceptions, phone Nicole A. Burns.

              All entries must be submitted via email to BurnsPianoStudio@aol.com.  (See application link below.)  Registration Deadline: Saturday, October 13, 2018.

2018 Holiday Festival Application

             The $25.00 fee per student is also due at this time. Please write one check per teacher, made payable to PV-VC MTAC, and mail to: Nicole Burns, 79 Daily Dr., PMB 115, Camarillo, CA 93010. Your registration is not complete until your check is received. It is your responsibility to make sure your students and parents have read and signed the PV-VC MTAC Branch Recital Guidelines forms.

             Any exceptions to these rules must be approved prior to completing your application. If you have any questions, please email Nicole Burns. To promote fairness, any irregular entries will be screened by the Board of Directors.


             The branch Bach Festival for pianists will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019. The location will be the First United Methodist Church, 1338 East Santa Clara in Ventura. Entry forms are available online at www.scjbf.org beginning December 1, 2018 and fees are due to Sharon Kim ($25.00 fee per student, check made payable to "PV-VC MTAC") by Saturday, March 16, 2019. If you need help with the website registration process, please direct your questions to Sharon Kim.  Applications for the String recitals and the Wind & Voice recitals are also available.  The Regional Honors Festival will beheld on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks. The Complete Works Audition dates will be announced at a future date.


            The Ensemble Festival will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019.  Students may perform in groups of two or more with other students or with their teacher.  There may be two pianos available.  This event will also include a contest to design the t-shirt for the festival, which each participant will receive.  The deadline to submit designs is Thursday, February 1, 2019 to Sharon Kim and the winner will be announced at a later date.  $50.00 will be awarded to the winning designer.

            The festival committee will be:  Caitlin Boruch, chair; Celine Gietzen, Sharon Kim, Noëlle Tinturin, Fern Fay. 


            To download the instructions for the T-shirt Design Contest, click here: 2019 Ensemble Festival T-Shirt Contest


           To download the festival application, click here: 2019 Ensemble Festival Application.  

Fill out the form in Excel and e-mail it to: caitlinwb@gmail.com

          Performance applications and the $25.00 fee per student are due to Caitlin Boruch on Friday, April 13, 2019.  Additional t-shirts may be purchased for $8.00 each.  No additional t-shirts will be available at the festival; they must all be pre-ordered.  Make checks payable to “PV-VC MTAC.”

            If you have any questions about the application, please contact Caitlin well in advance of the application deadline.

            To download the application forms for the festivals, including overview, summary, and entry form, click on the underlined links above.

            When you click on the link to Ensemble Festival Application, a window will open asking you whether to open or save.  Select "Save to disk."  The program we use calls it by a long number.  Please save it on your computer where you can find it.  Remember to check where you save it.  For those who are not as familiar with downloads, you have to select the destination for the file, and sometimes the computer randomly picks a location and you can never find your downloaded file.  

            If you can't see the whole page:  To change the size of what you see, under the View menu at the top, select a smaller percentage (75% for example) and you can see more of the page.  

            Remember there are 3 pages to this application: 1) the instructions, 2) the form for you to enter t-shirt info, "summary form," and 3) the form for you to enter students & pieces, "entry form."  Use the tabs at the bottom of the page to get from one page to another.

            Please read the brief instruction page carefully before filling out your application, to avoid any confusion.

            Next, you should complete each column, then save your revisions, and finally e-mail the file as an attachment to Caitlin Boruch at caitlinwb@gmail.com in order to submit your application.  If you must send it by regular mail, print it out then send to Caitlin Boruch (address in directory).


            Branch Studio Recitals are set up so that PV-VC MTAC teachers may use the First United Methodist Church for personal studio recitals at a reduced rate of $40.00 per hour.  The branch will reserve the church.  A minimum of three teachers must participate and/or a minimum of 5 hours must be reserved on each date for the event to take place at this reduced rate.  The parlor will be available for refreshments for 30 minutes following your reservation time.

            When times are reserved, please send a check ($40.00 per hour) payable to PV-VC MTAC immediately to Nicole A. Burns, within two days of reservation.  This is non-refundable.  You may exchange within the branch or forfeit.  A waitlist for times and dates will be accepted.

            Strict guidelines have been established for the pristine condition of the sanctuary, parlor, kitchen, narthex, and restrooms following each studio recital.  There will be penalties, both financial and denied future privileges, if any messes are left, including pews (cards, pencils, hymnals, and registration books), restrooms, kitchen, or parlor.  The church may not be left unattended at any time.  You are responsible to remain at the church until the next teacher arrives.  Scheduling immediately before or after another teacher is highly recommended.

To reserve a recital date, email Nicole Burns at BurnsPianoStudio@aol.com  with your desired dates and times.  She will reserve requests in the order she receives them.