Sonata / Sonatina Festival

DATE:  Saturday, May 28, 2022

Registration opens: May 2, 2022  Registration closes: May 22, 2022

Where: Museum of Making Music, Carlsbad

Fee:  $35  The teacher registers and pays online at

Co-Chairs:   Olivia Donald and Ling-Chi Yang

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 28, 2022. Proof of age is required. The age divisions are as follows:  
    a. Division I (age 9 and under)
    b. Division II (age 10-11)
    c. Division III (age 12-13)
    d. Division IV (age 14-15)
    e. Division V (age 16-18)
  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 No unpublished works.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.
  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 are required but performers may remove their mask to perform. We would love to have any teachers who have students participate volunteer for one recital.

Due – May 22, 2022

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 2021/2022 school year to


Congratulations to our 2021 Sonata Festival Winners!  We are proud of and inspired by you! Below are the videos of all of the award recipients:

Division 1
1st Place: Alex Juliar (Anna Juliar)
2nd Place: Rebecca Chen (Magdolna Bornemisza)
3rd Place: Sophie Duan (Ling Chi Yang)
Honorable Mention: Blake Chuang (Mihoko Nemoto), Jonah Figueroa (Anna Juliar), Orion Shen (Magdolna Bornemisza)
Division 2
1st Place: Alicia Jiang (Dana Burnett)
2nd Place: Allen Zhu (Ling Chi Yang), Kathy Xu (Berta Godkin)
3rd Place: Hannah Li (Tatiana Djangirov)
Honorable Mention: Luna Zhao (Mihoko Nemoto)
Division 3
1st Place: Robin Moon (Cho-Hyun Park)
2nd Place: Dylan Zhang (Seiran Sohn)
3rd Place: Rika Ogiwara (Toshiko Barrett)
Honorable Mention: Seojin Lee (Eunice Ahn), Mika Bachand (Mihoko Nemoto) : Hinoka Nakamura (Mihoko Nemoto)
Division 4
1st Place: Julianne Cheng (Dana Burnett)
2nd Place: Kenzo Compilati (Toshiko Barrett)
3rd Place: Allen Hulbert (Mihoko Nemoto)
Honorable Mention: Claire Kang (Eunice Ahn) Eric Ryu (Cho-Hyun Park)
Division 5
1st Place: Sarah Wu (Berta Godkin)
2nd Place: Yeonwoo Chu (Cho-Hyun Park)
3rd Place: Andrew Hulbert (Mihoko Nemoto)
Honorable Mention: Renee Cai (Berta Godkin)