Sonata / Sonatina Festival

Congratulations  to our 2020 Sonata Festival Winners!  We are proud of and inspired by you!

Division I
First Place – Anya Chandra (Teacher – Diana Yahya):

2nd: Alicia Jiang (Teacher Dana Burnett)
3rd: Kathy Xu (Teacher Berta Godkin)
Honorable Mention:
Kurtis Sun (Teacher – Magdolna Bornemisza)
Allen Zhu (Teacher Ling – Chi Yang)
Daniel Wang (Teacher – Magdolna Bornemisza)

Division II
First Place – Melinda Wang (Teacher Berta Godkin):

2nd: Dylan Zhang (Teacher – Seiran Sohn)
3rd: Ethan Zhou (Teacher – Magdolna Bornemisza)
Honorable Mention:
Dawn Kim (Teacher – Dr. Cho-Hyun Park)
Emma Rong (Teacher – Berta Godkin)

Division III
First Place – Kenzo Compilati (Teacher – Toshiko Barrett) :

2nd: Julianne Cheng (Teacher – Dana Burnett) & Leo Zhang (Teacher – Seiran Sohn)
3rd: Robin Moon (Teacher – Dr. Cho-Hyun Park) & Zachary Park (Teacher – Seiran Sohn)
Honorable Mention: Celine Lau (Teacher – Eunice Ahn)

Division IV
First Place – Celina Jiang (Teacher – Dana Burnett):

2nd: Renee Cai (Teacher – Berta Godkin)
3rd: Kianna Cheng (Teacher – Dana Burnett)
Honorable Mention:
SelenaXiang (Teacher – Magdolna Bornemisza)
Priscilla Lee (Teacher – Dr. Cho-Hyun Park)

Division V
First Place – Tiffany Way (Teacher – Magdolna Bornemisza):

2nd: None
3rd: Emily Shanmugam (Teacher – Holly Franz) & Aleetheia Sun (Teacher – Dana Burnett)
Honorable Mention:
Brooklyn Williamson (Teacher – Holley Williamson)


DATE:  May 23, 2020

Registration opens: April 22  Registration closes: May 15

Where: ONLINE (Video Submission Closes May 22, 2020 at 11:59 PDT)

Fee:  $25 per student (includes processing fees). The teacher registers and pays online at

Co-Chairs:   Cho-Hyun Park (, 858-776-2800
Diana Yahya (, 760-208-9520

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 Parent Consent Form on file before the registration deadline.
  2. Student limit: 9 students per teacher.
  3. Students will compete based upon their age as of May 23, 2020. The age divisions as follows:
    • Division I (age 9 and under)
    • Division II (age 10-11)
    • Division III (age 12-13)
    • Division IV (age 14-15)
    • Division V (age 16-18)
  4. Compositions must be in their original form, No transcriptions, key changes, or arrangements. No unpublished works.
  5. A First, Second, and Third place and possibly Honorable Mention will be awarded for each Division at the judges’ discretion and will be announced through email.
  6. Judges’ decisions are final. 
  7. Video and Music Submission Rules and Guidelines: 
    • Recording device doesn’t have to be a professional equipment. You may use your cell phone, tablet or camera, however inadequate audio and video quality will be disqualified.
    • Student must dress in appropriate recital attire as if in front of an audience.
    • Students perform one movement from a Sonata or Sonatina from any time period and any difficulty. No repeats.
    • Recordings must be genuinely performed by student. Student’s head, arms, hands and pedals must be visible on the video at all times during the performance.
    • Student’s performance must be memorized. (No music reading during the performance)
    • Recordings must be student’s most recent performance, within 1 month.
    • Recordings must be completed in one full take. Editing/stopping camera during recording and/or adding any effects such as “reverb” and background noise will not be accepted.
    • The recording video file must be uploaded on to the YouTube video. (Please read #8 below for help with upload procedure)
    • Clearly label the uploaded files with student’s number received from Festival Chairs after registration was completed, and the name of the composer and work number and movement. (Format example: 23. Clementi Sonatina Op. 36, No. 1, 1st movement)
    • Scan and save the composition/piece that the student performed as a PDF file.
    • Email YouTube URL and PDF file of scanned piece to both chairs,,
  8. How to Upload:
    • Sign in to YouTube
      • A parent can create an account at
      • You can sign into YouTube with your google account.
    • At the top of the page, click “Upload”.
    • Select upload video
    • Before you start uploading, you can choose the video privacy settings (“Public” or “Unlisted”
    • Select the video you’d like to upload from your computer or other devices.
  9. Submission Checklist:
    • A completed Application form online
    • Payment online
    • Email both chairs a signed copy of the NSDMTAC Consent/Release form
    • Email both chairs a copy of Age Proof Document (Passport, Birth Certificate, School ID with Birthdate)
    • Email both chairs YouTube video URL (link)
    • Email both chairs PDF file of music