PMTA Keystone Concerto Festival

State Level Festival Only

The PMTA Keystone Concerto Festival (CF) will be held this year on Saturday, November 4, 2017 in conjunction with the DSPF Solo and Ensemble Showcase Recitals at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Students, parents and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend. All registration and scheduling of the CF is done online through this website. Students performing at the CF will receive a certificate and a critique. Performers are not in competition with one another, and will be rated Very Good, Excellent or Superior. Those rated Superior at this performance will receive a gold medal at the end of the day, distributed to their teachers. No specific time requests can be honored.

Performance Schedule

State Coordinator will communicate directly with participating teachers regarding specific performance times.

Eligibility Requirements

Teacher: In order to enter students into the CF, the teacher must have paid both local and state dues prior to the deadline for submitting applications on line.

Student: Any piano or instrumental student (unlimited age, college included) of a PMTA member in good standing is eligible to participate in this festival.

Registration & Deadlines

Online registration began October 1, 2017 and ended at 3:00 pm EST, Monday, October 16, 2017. Teachers entering students must register online before the deadline. No emails or mail-in forms accepted. Teachers will register using the PMTA Festival Registration System.

Fees & Payments

Fees are $20.00 per entry and must be paid with PayPal or credit card during the online registration process. Note: credit cards are processed via the PayPal site. All student entry fees are non-refundable.

Concerto Festival Repertoire

Any single movement of a standard concerto or youth concerto, memorized. There is no theory requirement for this event.

Performance Time

Single movements of standard concertos, with cadenza, may be performed without cuts (though the accompanist is encouraged to omit some tutti material). If a single-movement concerto or other standard work for solo and orchestra is chosen (e.g. Liszt A Major, Prokofiev I, Rachmaninoff Rhapsody), an excerpt of no more than 15 minutes should be performed.

Musical Scores

One original copy of the music must be provided for the judges. Photocopies are strictly prohibited, unless there is express written permission from the publisher. NOTE: CD sheet music is permissible.


The student must provide his own accompanist, which may be his/her teacher. Accompanists must have original music, but may photocopy pages for turning purposes, as long as he/she has the original music. NOTE: Students entering the state level of the MTNA Competitions are encouraged to enter the Concerto Festival.

Contact Information

PMTA State Concerto Festival Chair
Steven Smith