Southern California Junior Bach Festival

DATE: Saturday, March 16, 2024 – 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Carlsbad City Library (Dove Library), 1775 Dove Ln, Carlsbad, CA 92011

Registration opens: December 1, 2023
Registration closes: TBD


Type of Event: Competition. 3 adjudicators select winners to perform in the Bach Regional Festival in May. This will be a closed audition with only one parent to record their own child’s performance. Adjudicators select winners from the regional festival. Regional winners who perform works from the 2024 Complete Works list have the opportunity to compete at the Complete Works Auditions.

Instruments: Piano

Registration: Log onto the Southern California Jr. Bach Festival website.
If you have never entered students in this festival, go to “New Teacher: complete instructions for teachers.” Be sure to select “Northern San Diego” as your MTAC Branch. If you are a returning teacher but forgot your username or password, you can request it to be emailed. The annual teacher fee is $25.

Fee: $35 per student. Student registration fees are paid by mailing for all the students in your studio in one check payable to “Northern San Diego MTAC” to Grace Choi, our Branch Treasurer postmarked by March 10th. Her address will be provided in an email to teachers.

Consent Form: If the parent has not already filled out the Student Consent Form for the 2023/2024 school year, please fill out this form and email it to no later than March 15th.

Chair: Dana Burnett,

FESTIVAL RULES AND GUIDELINES: Go to for official rules and guidelines, including acceptable repertoire, judging procedures, and information regarding the Complete Works Audition.

Baroque Festival: We are not having this part of the festival this year. 


Congratulations to the 2023 Bach Festival students selected to go to regionals and for those who received Honorable Mention. Thanks also to all of the teachers who had students participate.

Dana Burnett’s student, Daryn Tarasewicz, has been selected to go to the finals in October, 2023. Congrats!

Winners eligible to go to Bach Regionals

Hannah Carrasco, Anya Chandra, Kenzo Compilati, Ray Fu, Celine Pham

Jasmine Ren, Hazel Sharifi, Milan Sudhakar Khare, Irena Sun, Sophia Tang

Daryn Tarasewicz, Ethan Worthen, Kathy Xu

Honorable Mentions

Elissa Ahn, Elizabeth Guo, Nuri Lukas Jang

Emma Langer Weida, Karoleena Maritzashvili, Jayden Wong

Jenna Xu, Emma Young, Annie Zhang

Participating Teachers: Toshiko Barrett, Berta Godkin, Dana Burnett, Diana Yahya, Diane Tuiofu, Holly Franz, Joanie Mendenhall, Joanne Stohs, Tatiana Romanovsky, Toshiko Barrett, Valeria Kravchenko, Yelena Kapchinskaya

Judges: Constance Almond, Judy Huang, and Dan Cao