Popular/Contemporary Festival

DATE: Saturday, October 21, 2023, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Registration opens: 9/18/23  Registration closes: 10/14/23

Where: Escondido Library, 239 S. Kalmia Street, Escondido

Fee: $30 per participant (includes processing fees).  The teacher registers and pays online at NSDMTAC.com.

Chairs:  Pam Revitte (pamrevitte@yahoo.com); Erin Thompson (erinthompson@gmail.com)


    1. This festival is open to all instruments, including voice.  Duets and ensembles are also invited to participate.  All participants must have a signed copy of the NSDMTAC Consent/Release Form on file before the registration deadline.
    2. The festival is in recital format.
    3. Students must dress in appropriate recital attire and stay for the entire recital in which they perform.
    4. There is no limit of students per teacher, but only 5 students per teacher may participate in a single recital (festival participants will be divided into multiple recitals to avoid overly-long programs).
    5. Each student or ensemble will perform one piece composed in the 20th or 21st century.
    6. Students may perform an arrangement of a piece, or the student’s original composition.
    7. Instructions for vocalists: If a student sings a song, the lyrics must be appropriate; no profanity or inappropriate lyrics will be allowed. Vocalists may bring an accompanist, use a CD, or bring their IPad with the accompaniment purchased through ITunes. There will be an adapter available to plug the IPad into a speaker. If using a karaoke version, do not have any backup singers in the music; we want to hear the student’s voice only.
    8. All music must be memorized, except for duets/ensembles (no photocopies allowed, so please bring purchased duet/ensemble books).
    9. Please bring original music for the evaluator to view.  No photocopies from published music books are allowed.  If you buy your music from the Internet, you must provide proof of purchase in print and place your music with the proof of purchase together in a binder.
    10. In addition to written evaluation, each student will receive a Festival participation plaque and a sheet music solo piece.
    11. Teachers with students in the festival will be asked to help at the event.