Adjudicated performances are open to any piece, any genre that you select. There are awards and prizes available for these judged performances (see details below). Piano, voice, band & string students performing prepared pieces for adjudication will be assigned a 10-15 minute slot with the guest adjudicator for performance and feedback from the adjudicator (both verbal and written). You will be notified of your assigned time prior to the festival via email. Each student will prepare a piece to perform up to 5 minutes in length. Memorization is encouraged, but not required. If you are to play with music, make sure you're prepared with music for yourself and the judge. You MUST provide the adjudicator with the original music, with any changes you have made clearly marked for your judge. A warm-up/practice room may be available during specified times during the day. See the schedule for more details. See more information and specific notes for each discipline below.
Piano students are divided into 5 Divisions:
Elementary Piano (Primer & Level 1)
Late Elementary (Level 1 and 2)
Early Intermediate (Level 2 and 3)
Intermediate (Level 4 & 5, exiting method books)
Advanced (Advanced Repertoire)
String students are currently divided into 2 divisions:
Elementary Strings (Grades K-6)
Advanced Strings (Grades 7-12)
If playing with an accompanist, you will need to provide that yourself. If you are in need of an accompanist, please contact us as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vocal selections for performance are encouraged to be art or folk songs, but are open to any genre you feel best represents your voice and performance capability. If you have questions about your piece selection, please contact us at email@example.com.
Voice students are divided by age into 2 divisions:
Under 14 years
14 - 18 years
You will need to provide your own accompanist. If you are in need of an accompanist, please contact us as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make sure you are registering for the correct division, whether by age or by ability. Please consult your teacher before completing your registration. You should also make sure your selected piece is well-suited to your ability and skill. If you have questions, please contact us at email@example.com
All students K-12 who perform for adjudication are eligible for prizes within their division which may include cash prizes, gift certificates, and tuition scholarships to local music classes at Mountain Music in Afton, Wyoming. The amount and quanitity of prizes will vary slightly each year depending on the number of students participating in each division, as well as the available funding each year.
The highlight of the festival is to award outstanding advanced students with an opportunity to attend university-level summer music camps in their discipline! Depending on the funds available each year, we seek to award a large $200-$500 scholarship to the outstanding student in each discipline (piano, voice & strings).
While memorization is not required, it may put your performance ahead of those you are competing against. If this important to you, we suggest you prepare for a memorized performance. You should remember to dress for success. Present yourself well in appropriate clothing for your performance. If your vocal piece is best suited to a modest costume, that would be appropriate. Otherwise, plan to wear performance attire (clean, modest, formal or church-type clothing). Bathroom facilities are available for changing attire, if needed.
Generally, the piano and strings scholarships are for the 6-day Piano & Strings Institute at Idaho State University usually held at the end of June and cover the full cost of tuition, housing & meals. Student must be at least 12 years old. Information on that music camp can be found on their website. The student may choose to apply the scholarship funds to another music camp, but it must be approved by the festival committee. In the past, some of the 2nd and 3rd place students have received offers of partial scholarships to the ISU music camp.
The voice scholarship can be applied to the 4-day Playmill Theater Summer Music Camp (West Yellowstone, MT) held in mid July, or to the 5-day Rexburg Summer Theater Camp held the 2nd week of August. Student must be at least 14. The scholarship will cover most or all of the cost of tuition, housing, & meals, depending on available funding and the student's camp selection. Funds may also be applied to MAT (Music, Arts, Theatre) Camp held in Evanston, WY. Funds may be applied to another summer program, but must be approved by the festival committee.
Since the festival's inception in 2012, the Star Valley Rotary Club has partnered with us to provide a scholarship to an outstanding musician each year. Their continued commitment to the festival, its educational goals, and the progress of our student musicians is appreciated!
Silver Star Communications was very excited to jump on board with us in 2013 and began providing funds for a second scholarship to an outstanding musician. We are ever grateful for their vision and commitment to the quality of program we provide and the opportunity to select someone to receive further training!
As funds are made available through generous community donors, partial scholarships are available in 2018 thanks to their support of our young musicians!