Students at Hamlin Music Academy will have the oportunity to perform and receive evaluation in a non-competative setting at this year's MFMC Festival hosted by the Duluth Music Teachers Association (DMTA), in congunction with the Minnesota Federation of Music Clubs (MFMC).
The Festival program is designed to promote study and stimulate interest in American and world music literature, and encourage each participant to reach a high standard of musical achievement. The Festival is not a competition but an opportunity to perform and receive evaluation.
Each student, with their teacher, selects two pieces to learn and memorize; then performs them for a judge and receives a critique, a certificate and a rating (Superior - 5, Excellent - 4, Satisfactory - 3, Fair - 2, Needs Improvement - 1). A gold cup is earned at the accumulation of 15 points. There is also a Silver Cup program for adult students who wish to participate.
Festivals are held throughout the state during the months of January, February, and March. More than 5,000 students are expected to participate in the Minnesota Festival annually. Students may participate in a number of different solo and ensemble events to receive evaluation and earn points toward a Gold Cup Trophy award program. Any student studying with a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs is eligible to participate.
At Hamlin Music Academy we find that the program assists student progress by setting of short and long term goals. The rewards motivate preparation and the sense of accomplishment achieved by the participants encourages further study.
Events Available to Entrants include:
PIANO solo, concerto, duet, trio, duo, quartet, hymn playing, and accompaniment
ORGAN solo and hymn playing
VOICE art song and musical theater, solo and ensemble
AMERICAN PATRIOTIC AND FOLK SONG
STRINGS solo, concerto, and small ensemble
WINDS, BRASS, PERCUSSION solo, concerto, and small ensemble