Festival Enrollment


This year's Holiday Festival will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church in Ventura. The theme for this year’s festival is "Born in Russia.”

Repertoire: ONE memorized piece no longer than 4 minutes according to the theme – "Born in Russia". 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: Friday, October 11, 2019.

2019 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.


•  Baroque Festival:  Saturday, April 4, 2020 (morning only)
•  Application and Payment Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020
•  Festival Chair:  Sharon Kim, selahmusicstudio@yahoo.com
•  Venue:  First United Methodist Church, 1338 East Santa Clara St., Ventura, 93001
•  This is a judged event in recital format.
•  50% of students will be selected by the judges as winners, and they will receive a winner’s seal on their certificates.
•  Students perform one piece (or one movement of a piece) by a Baroque composer.
•  All levels and all instruments / vocal categories are eligible to participate.
•  The Baroque Festival and SCJBF event will both be held on the same day.  The Baroque Festival will be in the morning, and SCJBF in the afternoon.  One student may enter both festivals, but the teacher needs to complete the applications separately, and each festival has its own fee.
Repertoire Requirements:
• 16 measure minimum
• Music must be memorized, with the exception of winds.
• No repeats (except D.C.)
• Pianists must play original works, no arrangements.  Other instruments and voice may use transcriptions and arrangements.
• Time limit is 4 minutes (for exceptions, contact festival chair)
How to Enroll:
• Teachers complete the application form in Excel (see link below), and send one check per teacher to the festival chair.  Applications must be emailed and payments postmarked by the deadline above.  Save the application with the teacher’s name, and include all information in the Excel file (not in the body of your email).  Paper applications will not be accepted.
• Entry fee is $25.00 per student (non-refundable).  Make check payable to “PV-VC MTAC,” and mail to Sharon Kim.
•  Parents must submit online consent to our Recital Guidelines.

Baroque Festival Application 2020


The branch Bach Festival for pianists will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2020. 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, 2019 and fees are due to Kary Kramer ($25.00 fee per student, check made payable to "PV-VC MTAC") by Saturday, March 6, 2020. Entries are limited to those pieces eligible for Regional and Complete Works auditions; Anna Magdelena pieces should be enrolled in the Branch Baroque Festival.  If you need help with the website registration process, please direct your questions to Kary Kramer.  Applications for the String recitals and the Wind & Voice recitals are also available.  The Regional Honors Festival will beheld on Saturday, May 9, 2020 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 16, 2020.  Students may perform in groups of two or more with other students or with their teacher.  There will be two pianos available in 2020.  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 15, 2020 and the winner will be announced at a later date.  $50.00 will be awarded to the winning designer.


            To download the instructions for the T-shirt Design Contest, click here:

            2020 Ensemble Festival T-shirt Design Flyer


           To access the festival application, click here:


Performance applications and the $25.00 fee per student are due to Nadia Talley on Friday, April 10, 2020.  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 Nadia well in advance of the application deadline.           


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.