Sonata / Sonatina Festival

Thank you to all of the piano students who participated in the 2022 Sonata/Sonatina Festival. We had 52 students who performed. Our 3 excellent judges were Violeta Petrova, Natalie Dhing, and Lee Galloway. 

It was terrific to hear students from the following teachers: Anna Juliar, Berta Godkin, Bon Kim, Christina Liu, Dana Burnett, Diana Yahya, Cho-Hyun Park, Eunice Ahn, Grace Chen, Joanne Stohs, Ling-Chi Yang, Magdolna Bornemisza, Mihoko Nemoto, Olivia Donald, Toshiko Barrett, and Valeria Kravchenko.

We are proud of every student who participated. It was a great day of wonderful music.

Below are the list of the winners in each division.

Division I: 1st Place-Alexis Xia; 2nd Place-Bokyung (Logan) Kwon; 3rd Place-Celine Pham; Honorable Mentions: Daniel Jung, Jiwoo Aileen Park, and Sophie Duan

Division II: 1st Place-Kathy Xu; 2nd Place-Alex Juliar; 3rd Place-Jayden Wong; Honorable Mention: Allen Zhu

Division III: 1st Place (tie)-Jasmine Ren and Claire Lim; 2nd Place-Daniel Wu; 3rd Place-Caitlin Wang

Division IV: 1st Place-Celine Lau; 2nd Place-Kenzo Compilati; 3rd Place-Alvin Wang

Division V: 1st Place-Timothy Hall; 2nd Place-Sidney Modigh; 3rd Place-Celina Jiang; Honorable Mention: Kianna Cheng


DATE: Saturday, May 20, 2023

Where: Piano Outlet, 3375 Mission Ave F, Oceanside, CA 92058

Fee:  $35  The teacher registers and pays online at

Chair:   Olivia Donald,

Festival Rules and Guidelines

  1. This competition is open to pianists of teachers and contributory members of NSDMTAC. All participants must have a signed copy of the NSDMTAC Consent/Release Form on file before the registration deadline.
  2. Student limit: 9 students per teacher.
  3. Students will compete in a recital format based upon their age as of May 2023. Proof of age is required. The age divisions and time limits are as follows: 
    a. Division I (age 9 and under) – 3 minutes
    b. Division II (age 10-11) – 4 minutes
    c. Division III (age 12-13) – 5 minutes
    d. Division IV (age 14-15) – 6 minutes
    e. Division V (age 16-18) – 7 minutes
  4. Compositions must be in their original form. No transcriptions, key changes, or arrangements. No unpublished works. The original score is required to give to the judges. If the piece is a little longer than the time limit, the judges will stop the student when the time limit is up.
  5. Only one movement is to be played. Memorization is required. 
  6. A First, Second, and Third place and possibly Honorable Mentions will be awarded for each Division at the judges’ discretion and will be posted at the end of the day and on the website. Awards and judges’ comments given to the teachers at a later date.
  7. Judges’ decisions are final.
  8. Masks for audience members and students are optional. We would love to have any teachers who have students participate volunteer for one recital.

Due – May 2023

1. Completed Application form online

2. Payment made online 

3. A copy of age proof document (examples: Passport, Birth Certificate, School ID with Birthdate) uploaded with application.

4. Email NSDMTAC Consent/Release Form if there has not already been one filled out for the 2022/2023 school year to