Piano & Ensemble Auditions

Piano Auditions and Ensemble Auditions are non-competitive programs designed to encourage and motivate students through a festival format, where repertoire is performed and students are given comments a rating from 1-5.   Students receiving a "5" are invited (but not required) to perform at the CAPMT Northern Festival.

Piano Auditions Brief Overview

  • Levels 1-10

  • Two Solo Pieces (memorization required)

    • One must be from syllabus

  • One Accompanied Piece (piano duet/4 hands or piano duo) - memorization not necessary

    • Piece must be from syllabus

  • Full details can be found here: Piano Auditions


Ensemble Auditions Brief Overview

  • Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

  • Any combination of instruments and voice

  • Repertoire does not need to be memorized

  • Full details can be found here: Ensemble Auditions


Date: Nov 20, 2021 | Deadline is Oct 5, 2021

Location: Valley Christian Conservatory

Fees: $30-40 depending on level

Registration is done online via the links above.

Questions?  Please contact the Chair, Jui-Ping Chou.



Student Evaluations

Student Evaluations is a comprehensive program dedicated to developing all the skills of a well-rounded musician.   

Currently available for piano.

Student Evaluations Brief Overview

  • Repertoire

  • Technique

  • Sight Reading

  • Oral Questions

  • Theory

  • Aural Skills

Important Dates

TBD 2022: Online Payment  NO LATE APPLICATIONS 

TBD 2022 : Repertoire Forms and Student List Due (must be mailed or dropped off in person)

Repertoire Forms:  Prep A  |  Prep B - Level 2 | Levels 3-10 | Levels 11-12

Registration Form

Date: April 24, 2022 (Sun)

Location: Valley Christian Conservatory 

Fees: Levels Prep - 4: $45  |  Levels 5 - 10: $55  |   Levels 11 - 12: $70

The full syllabi can be found here.

The Student Evaluations Honors Recital will resume in 2022 at Santa Clara University Recital Hall.

Questions?  Please contact the Chair, Glenda Timmerman.


Festival Recital Series

Our Chapter hosts Festival Recitals throughout the school year for experienced students who are looking for opportunities to participate in formal recitals.  We also have opportunities for students to perform concertos and two-piano works.  


Students of all instruments and voice welcome!

Festival Recitals will be Saturdays at 5:00 - 8:00 PM.


September 4, 2021  |  Registration Deadline: Aug 31

November 20, 2021  |  Registration Deadline: Nov 12

January 22, 2022  |  Registration Deadline: Jan 20  DUE TO SCU CLOSURE, WILL BE ON ZOOM.

March 5, 2022  |  Registration Deadline:

May 14, 2022 |  Registration Deadline:


Location: Santa Clara University Recital Hall

Fees: $30 for up through 6 min. | $50 for 7-10 min.  (Maximum 10 min. per student) |  +additional $30  for Non-CAPMT Members

RegistrationFestival Recital Registration


Questions?  Please contact the Chair, Irena Talyansky.



Emerging Performer Recital Series

A recital series for very young students or older beginning students is the Emerging Performer Recital series. 

A more relaxed atmosphere for students who are relatively new to performing and want to gain more positive experiences.

This recital is dedicated to beginners as a welcoming experience to performing.

Please select repertoire accordingly, not exceeding 4 minutes long.  


  • On hiatus for 2021-2022.

Registration is on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED basis, as space is limited.

Zoom link will be sent after the registration period is completed.

Questions?  Please contact the Chair, TBD.


Adult Recital Series

Adult Recitals provide opportunities to participate in a welcoming "Adults Only (18+)" Recital.

Repertoire of all levels and genres is welcome and does not need to be memorized. 

Maximum time for performance is 7 minutes.  



  • Oct 31, 2021 (Sun)  |  Registration Deadline is Oct 22

  • March 5, 2022 |  Registration Deadline is February 26

Time: 12 pm

Location: Opus11 School of Music

Fees: $30 for CAPMT Members, $60 for Non-CAPMT Members

RegistrationAdult Recital Registration


Questions?  Please contact the Chair, Julie Poklewski.



Musical Corner for All

Musical Corner for All is a series of short lectures about classical music, with a special theme for each session. Program will be accompanied by recordings of great performers, of both instrumental and orchestral works. Topics will include composers and their time, style and interpretation.

The goal of this program is to help everyone to listen, understand and enjoy the music.

These will be held on Sunday evenings.



  • August 29, 2021           Summer Nights - Hector Berlioz

  • October 24, 2021        Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose) Suite - Maurice Ravel

  • April 24, 2022                Children's Games - Georges Bizet

  • June 5, 2022                   Dolly Suite - Gabriel Fauré

Time: 6:00-7:30 PM 

Location: Online on Zoom


Questions?  Please contact the Chair, Irena Talyansky.



MusicIN Evaluations & Artist Competition

The MusicIN Evaluation Program and Artist Competition are NEW programs for 2021-2022!

MusicIN Evaluation Program is  a comprehensive evaluation with an option of participating in-person or virtually.  It covers topics and offers special opportunities not seen in most traditional evaluations.  Currently offered for piano this year, and hoping to expand to include additional instruments next year.

  • Creative Skills: Composition, Improvisation, Arranging

  • Communication Skills: Interaction and Engagement with Evaluators

  • Inclusion of Musical Styles: Beyond the Western Classical Canon

  • Critical Thinking Skills: The Big Picture

  • Holistic and Interdisciplinary Applications: Connecting Music with Life Applications

MusicIN Artist Competition is a NEW program for 2021-2022!  It is a competition for versatile performers including creative and communication skills.  Open to all instruments and voice.  Held in-person at Valley Christian Conservatory.  There are two divisions: Junior (ages 13 and under) and Senior (ages 14-22).  See link above for full details.

  • Creative Skills: Composition, Improvisation, Arranging

  • Communication Skills: Competitors Interact with and Engage the Audience

  • Inclusion of Musical Styles: Beyond the Western Classical Canon

Date: April 23, 2022 (Sat)

Evaluation Locations: 

In Person - Valley Christian Conservatory (Evaluations and Artist Competition)

Virtual - Zoom (Evaluations only)

Questions?  Please contact the Chair, Grant Kondo.



Honors & Contemporary Competitions

The Honors Competition is a competitive event open to all instruments and voice.  Winners of each age category will represent the District at the State Finals.


Brief Overview

  • Five Age Categories

    • Category A: Ages 9 & Under

    • Category B: Ages 10-12

    • Category C: Ages 13-15

    • Category D: Ages 16-18

    • Category E: Ages 19-26

  • Two Selections Required (all must be memorized)

    • One from Baroque or Classical

    • One from Romantic, Impressionistic or Contemporary

    • NO Concerti

  • Time Limits

    • Categories A & B: 10 minutes

    • Category C: 12 minutes

    • Categories D & E: 15 minutes


Full details and Registration can be found here: Honors Competition Guidelines


Location: Online

Submission Deadline: January 30, 2022

Fees: $75 for CAPMT members, $95 for non-members

The State Finals will be held March 19, 2022.


Questions?  Please contact the Chairs, Vicky Wang and Yu-Ting Huang.