BASIC INFORMATION ON TRACKS

DISTRICT 2 Track

  1. Perform 2 pieces.  Memory requirements vary. See the memorization requirements chart on the “Choosing Repertoire” page.  For piano and voice, both pieces must be memorized.
  2. Compositions must be at least 16 measures long, EXCLUDING REPEATS.  Two or more pieces, each shorter than 16 measures and by the same composer, may be grouped as a suite to meet this requirement.
  3. The student can earn a maximum of 5 points for each piece performed.
  4. Students in grades 1-6 must perform 2 contrasting pieces, not necessarily from different historical periods.
  5. Students in grades 7-12 must perform 2 contrasting pieces, each from a different historical period.
  6. Students will perform for a judge in a closed audition, no audience allowed.
  7. Each student will receive a form with the judge’s written comments, a certificate of participation, their corrected music theory test, and points toward WMTA awards.

DISTRICT 2-NM (Not Memorized) Track

  1. This option is open only for students in grades 7-12.  This option is available only for piano, organ, and vocal solo, due to varying memory requirements.
  2. Perform 2 pieces. Memory is not required.
  3. Compositions must be at least 16 measures long, EXCLUDING REPEATS. Two or more pieces, each shorter than 16 measures and by the same composer, may be grouped as a suite to meet this requirement.
  4. The student can earn a maximum of 4 points for each piece performed.
  5. The two compositions must come from different historical periods.
  6. Students will perform for a judge in a closed audition, no audience allowed.
  7. Each student will receive a form with the judge’s written comments, a certificate of participation, their corrected music theory test, and points toward WMTA awards.

DISTRICT 3 Track

  1. This option is open only for students in grades 7-12.
  2. Perform 3 pieces.  Memory requirements vary. See the memorization requirements chart on the “Choosing Repertoire” page.  For piano and voice, two of the three pieces must be memorized. For the non-memorized piece, the judge’s and the student’s scores should be the same edition.
  3. Compositions must be at least 16 measures long, EXCLUDING REPEATS. Two or more pieces, each shorter than 16 measures and by the same composer, may be grouped as a suite to meet this requirement.
  4. The student can earn a maximum of 5 points for each piece performed.
  5. Students choose 3 pieces, each from a different historical  period.  One piece must be a Baroque or Classical composition.
  6. Students choosing the DISTRICT 3 option will NOT qualify for Badger Competition.
  7. Students will perform for a judge in a closed audition. No audience allowed.
  8. Each student will receive a form with the judge’s written comments, a certificate of participation, their corrected music theory test, and points toward WMTA awards.

 

Additional Notes for District 2-NM and District 3

  1. Page-turners are allowed (for the one piece performed with music for District 3 and for both pieces performed with music for District 2-NM). The page-turner cannot be the performer’s teacher.
  2. Students must have TWO original scores for pieces they will perform with the music – preferably the same edition. One for the judge, and one to read and perform from.
  3. If the student decides to perform pieces from memory that were not required for the track entered, the student’s points are not “upgraded”.  For example, a student who is registered in District 2-NM will still only earn 4 points maximum on each piece even if they do not use their music.  A student who is registered in District 3 would not be eligible for Badger, even if they do not use their music on the third piece and receive 14 or 15 performance points.

 STATE  TRACK

  1. All grades may participate in the State Track, but only grades 4-12 and adults are eligible to advance to the Badger Competition.
  2. Students will advance to Badger Competition if they earn a score of 80% or higher on their required level music theory test (4 out of 5 points) and at least 14 out of 15 points on their performance.
  3. Perform 3 pieces.  Memory requirements vary. See the memorization requirements chart on the “Choosing Repertoire” page.  For piano and voice, all pieces must be memorized.
  4. Compositions must be at least 16 measures long, EXCLUDING REPEATS.  Two or more pieces, each shorter than 16 measures and by the same composer, may be grouped as a suite to meet this requirement.
  5. The student can earn a maximum of 5 points for each piece performed.
  6. Students choose 3 compositions, each from a different historical period, including at least one Baroque or Classical composition.
  7. Students will perform for a judge in an open audition, dependent upon availability of suitable rooms at the audition location.
  8. Each student will receive a form with the judge’s written comments, a certificate of participation, their corrected music theory test, and points toward WMTA awards.

SPECIFIC INSTRUMENT REQUIREMENTS/MODIFICATIONS: PIANO

The following are in addition to the General Rules & Requirements for District Auditions and the Track Basic Information.  This information is also found in the “Choosing Repertoire” page.

Multi-Movement Pieces:
-Pieces must be 16 measures in length, excluding repeats.  Two pieces by the same composer that are each shorter than 16 measures may be grouped together as a “suite”.
-The teacher and student need to be mindful of the other piece(s) that will be performed, with consideration to the total number of minutes allowed for the audition (which includes time for warming up and judge’s comments). The judge will be advised to adhere to the schedule by stopping the student during their audition if the performance goes over the time allotted.
-Suites may be performed with one or more movements, from the same work.
-Sonatas/Sonatinas may be performed with one or more movements, from the same work.
-Theme and Variations may be performed with any selection of variations, or in its entirety.
-Minuet and Trios must be performed together in their entirety.
-Preludes and Fugues: Either the prelude or fugue may be performed alone, or both together.

Avant-garde compositions:  Permission to perform an un-memorized avant-garde composition must be obtained from the state chairperson six weeks before the entry deadline.

SPECIFIC INSTRUMENT REQUIREMENTS/MODIFICATIONS: VOCAL

Vocal auditions (including duets) may not be held in every district, although we do encourage all districts to do so.  Contact the district chairperson well in advance of auditions if you have students who wish to enter in any of these areas.  If your district does not provide vocal auditions, you may enter your students in a district that does.

The following are in addition to the General Rules & Requirements for District Auditions and the Track Basics:

Accompaniment for vocalists: Only one selection of the student’s performance is required to be accompanied.   However, if a selected piece was composed with an accompaniment, it must be used.

Original Scores for Accompanists:

  1. There MUST be an original score for the accompanist AND for the judge, even if the accompanist chooses to perform from copies (for ease of page turns or an unruly book that won’t stay open).   To phrase it a different way, there must be TWO ORIGINAL SCORES in the room.  Please don’t assume any rules for WSMA festivals transfer to WMTA events.
  2. Vocal accompaniments can be arrangements.
  3. Students (or their teacher) are responsible for securing an accompanist.
  4. A teacher may accompany his or her students.
  5. A page-turner is allowed for the accompanist.  A page-turner will not be provided.
  6. Recorded accompaniments are not allowed.
  7. Accompanists may read/perform their music from an iPad or similar tablet device.  This MUST be approved with the District Chair in advance of auditions day for copyright verification purposes.

 Vocal:  District 2 or District 2-NM

  1. Students with 1-2 years of study are required to perform 2 contrasting compositions, not necessarily from different historical periods, memorized for D2 and non-memorized for D2-NM.
  2. Students with 3 or more years of study are required to perform 2 contrasting compositions from different historical periods, both memorized. Please see the “Choosing Repertoire” page for a listing of different historical periods.
  3. At least one piece must be sung in the original language. (NOTE:  The original language composition may be in English and could be combined with an English translation of a composition originally written in another language.)

 Vocal:  District 3

  1. Students are required to perform 3 contrasting compositions from different style periods, to include at least one Baroque or Classical composition, 2 from memory and one using the music.  Please see the “Choosing Repertoire” page for a listing of different historical periods.
  2. Two of the three pieces must be sung in the original language.

 Vocal:  State Track

  1. Vocalists are required to perform three contrasting compositions, each from a different historical period, including at least one Baroque or Classical composition, all memorized.  Please see the “Choosing Repertoire” page for a listing of different historical periods.
  2. Two of the three pieces must be sung in the original language.

Repertoire Note:  Musical Theater is a separate historical/style period from Classic Twentieth Century.  This means a student could sing a contemporary classical piece (i.e. John Duke, Samuel Barber) AND a Musical Theater piece (i.e. Sondheim, Rodgers, Porter).

SPECIFIC INSTRUMENT REQUIREMENTS/MODIFICATIONS: INSTRUMENTAL
Brass, Classical Guitar, Strings, Woodwinds, Percussion

Instrumental auditions (including duets) may not be held in every district, although we do encourage all districts to do so.  Contact the district chairperson well in advance of auditions if you have students who wish to enter in any of these areas.  If your district does not provide auditions for your instrumental area, you may enter your students in a district that does.

Memorization for instrumentalists entering District 2 and District 3 entries is optional.  For state track, one piece must be memorized.

The following are in addition to the General Rules & Requirements and Track Basics:

Concerto movements:  if a movement of a concerto is performed, the cadenza (or an accepted version of the cadenza) must be performed.

Accompaniment for instrumentalists: Only one selection of the student’s performance is required to be accompanied.  But, if a selected piece was composed with an accompaniment, it must be used.  Exception: Guitar and percussion auditions may contain all unaccompanied selections.

Original Scores for Accompanists:

  1. There MUST be an original score for the accompanist AND for the judge, even if the accompanist chooses to perform from copies (for ease of page turns or an unruly book that won’t stay open).   To phrase it a different way, there must be TWO ORIGINAL SCORES in the room.  Please don’t assume any rules for WSMA festivals transfer to WMTA events.
  2. Vocal accompaniments can be arrangements.
  3. Students (or their teacher) are responsible for securing an accompanist.
  4. A teacher may accompany his or her students.
  5. A page-turner is allowed for the accompanist.  A page-turner will not be provided.
  6. Recorded accompaniments are not allowed.
  7. Accompanists may read/perform their music from an iPad or similar tablet device.  This MUST be approved with the District Chair in advance of auditions day for copyright verification purposes.

 

Different instruments:  A student may enter on more than one instrument each year.

-If entering on two instruments within the same area (i.e. strings), different compositions must be performed.

-Points in different instruments will not be combined.  For example, a student’s points for piano are collected separately from their points for violin.

GUITAR SPECIAL NOTE:  WMTA defines Classical Guitar as follows:

  • Instrument: The guitar should be an all acoustic classical guitar with the standard scale and nylon or gut strings.
  • Technique: “Finger-plucking” technique should be used.  “Picks” will not be allowed.
  • Repertoire: Works chosen may be of any idiom intended for the “plucking” technique and the nylon-string guitar as stated above. 


PERCUSSION SPECIAL NOTE:

Acceptable instruments:  Parade drum, concert snare drum, timpani, marimba/vibraharp, multiple percussion (not the same as drum set)

Percussion auditions (including duets) may not be held in every district.  Contact the district chairperson well in advance of auditions if you have students who wish to enter in this area.  If your district does not provide for percussion, you may enter your students in a district that does.

The following are in addition to the General Rules & Requirements and Track Basics:

Memorization is optional for District 2 percussionists. State entrants must memorize at least one composition.  In the event that a student is unable to perform his or her designated memorized piece without the music, he or she will receive the judge’s written comments but will not receive points for the piece.

Arrangements and transcriptions are acceptable but simplification of standard literature is not acceptable.  Popular music is not acceptable, nor is arrangements of Musical Theater pieces.  Any listings from the current year in WSMA are acceptable.

Accompaniment is not required, unless a piece has a written accompaniment.  In that case, it must be played at all auditions.  Students (or their teacher) are responsible for securing an accompanist.  A teacher may accompany his or her students.

A student may enter on more than one instrument each year. Points in different percussion instruments can be combined.

Percussionists should take the theory test on their piano grade level. Solos should be performed on their percussion level.

A list of Percussion composers should be from the current WSMA list.

SPECIFIC INSTRUMENT REQUIREMENTS/MODIFICATIONS: ORGAN

Organ auditions will be held depending upon availability of an organ at audition sites.  Contact the district chairperson well in advance of auditions if you have students who wish to enter in organ.  If your district does not provide organ auditions, you may enter your students in a district that does.

The following are in addition to the General Rules & Requirements for District Auditions and Track Basics:

Students are encouraged to perform all pieces memorized, but at least one composition must be memorized for District 2 and State auditions.

Arrangements and transcriptions are acceptable, but simplifications of standard organ literature are not acceptable. Organists may perform chorale preludes based on hymn tunes.

SPECIFIC INSTRUMENT REQUIREMENTS/MODIFICATIONS: DUETS

Summary of DUET performance requirements:

District 2 District 2 State Track
Grades Eligible: 1 -6 7 – 12 7 – 12
Contrasting Style      Periods Required? No Yes Yes

 

  1. Duet auditions are held at the discretion of the district chairperson and may not be held in every district. If you have students who wish to participate by entering a duet, contact the district chairperson well in advance of the audition date.
  2. All students (piano, instrumental and voice) may enter duet auditions in District 2 or State Track.
  3. Both students in a pair must currently be studying with a WMTA member.  Students may be studying with the same or different WMTA teachers.
  4. Students can enter with only one duet partner per year, but may enter with a different partner in future years.
  5. ONLY PIANO DUETS grades 7-12 may advance to the Badger Competition.  Students entering in instrumental or vocal state track duet auditions (or piano duet students that are younger than 7th grade) will not advance to the Badger Competition.  However, students entering instrumental and vocal duets (or piano duet partners that are younger than 7th grade), may participate in the state track duet category at their district auditions and earn points towards awards on all three pieces performed, even though these students are not eligible to advance to the Badger Competition.
  6. For piano duets, only specifically composed “one piano, four hands” ensembles may be entered.  All pieces must be a minimum of 16 bars long, excluding repeats.  There is no memory requirement.  Arrangements are allowed.
  7. Students not in the same school grade must meet the repertoire requirements for the older student in the pair. For example, a pair consisting of a 6th grader and a 9th grader would be required to perform duets from contrasting historical periods.
  8. Students must play/sing a different part of each duet—Primo on one and Secondo on the other. In State Track piano duets, students must play at least one secondo part.
  9. Students must have TWO original scores (preferably the same edition):  one for the judge and one to read and perform from.
  10. A page-turner is allowed, but cannot be the teacher of either student.
  11. The duet pair will perform for a judge – for District 2 in closed audition, for State Track in open audition.
  12. Duets are judged as a team.
  13. A musicianship test must be completed by each individual participant.
  14. The student can earn a maximum of 5 points for each piece performed.
  15. Both members of the pair will receive a certificate of participation and points toward earning individual WMTA awards in their instrument.
  16. Performance points received apply to each of the students’ points on that particular instrument.  For instance, if the duet is piano, and the performance points are 9, both students receive 9 points towards their WMTA piano points total.
  17. The duet team will receive one copy of the judges’ comments.
  18. Each piano duet pair in grade 7 or older, entering STATE auditions, who earns 14 or 15 audition points at the district level, and a score for each entrant of 80% or better on the appropriate musicianship test is eligible to participate in the Badger Competition.

SPECIFIC INSTRUMENT REQUIREMENTS/MODIFICATIONS: ADULT STUDENTS

  1. Adults may enter any track.
  2. Compositions must be at least 16 measures long, EXCLUDING REPEATS.
  3. Memory is not required for District 2 and District 3.  The repertoire for the State Track for piano, however must be memorized.
  4. The student can earn a maximum of 5 points for each piece performed.
  5. Repertoire requirements are the same as those for students in Grades 7-12. For vocalists, they are the same as for students who have studied for at least 3 years.
  6. Eligible adults entering the State Track are allowed to progress to the Badger Competitions.
  7. Points and awards will be calculated similarly to the graded students.
  8. If an adult student participated in WMTA Auditions when they were a child, any points they earn as an adult participant will be added to the points they earned before graduating high school and will continue to accumulate toward WMTA awards.
  9. The adult participant will take a musicianship test and it will be graded. The test level is chosen at the discretion of the teacher.  No minimum level is required.