Rhapsody Arts Center

Sonatina Festival

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Saturday, November 16, 2013
1031 North Edge Tr
., Verona, WI

Save the Date! 14th Annual Sonatina Festival: Saturday, November 15, 2014


Thank you to everyone who helped make the 13th Annual Sonatina Festival a success. See you next year!

“I love the winning, I can take the losing, but most of all I love to play.” -Boris Becker

On any given day, a performer can really nail a piece or they can botch it.  Three different judges will give three different scores on the same performance. It feels good to win, but we shouldn’t get caught up in “the score.”  Don’t let your ego get the best of you if you did well; don’t beat yourself up if you didn’t.  Did you walk in that room and play the best that you could play on that day? Did you learn something in the process of preparing for a performance? Did it give you a sense of accomplishment? Will it help you prepare for the next level of learning? That’s all that really matters.  As parents and as music instructors, these are the values we should strive to teach our students.

Check back in August 2014 for updated information.

Sonatina Festival entry form 2013

forms must be postmarked by October 11, 2013

 Directions and Awards Info

The Thirteenth annual Sonatina Festival aims to raise awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonata and Sonatina musical forms. As many music auditions and competitions are held in the spring, this festival encourages musical preparation during the fall semester by providing a performance goal for piano students of all ages and levels.

We hope to see you at Rhapsody Arts Center for this exciting day of music-making!


  • $22 per movement (non-refundable).
  • Trophies will be awarded to the top performers in each category. Decision of the adjudicator is final. Students who receive highest honors will be selected to perform in a winners’ recital at the conclusion of the festival. Select winners will also receive a cash scholarship and an invitation to a special performance of a Steinway Society event in the weeks following the festival.
  • Students will compete with other entrants in their age group. Duet, adult, and teaching professional categories are also eligible to compete. Entrants must be available for the entire day. Judges will hear categories in their entirety before judging the next category. Age may be subject to verification by contest officials.
  • Memorization is required (except for duets, adults, and teaching professionals). Entrants will play one movement of a selected Sonatina or Sonata without repeats.
  • An original score with the measures numbered for the adjudicator is required. No photocopies will be allowed.
  • Appropriate performance attire is required—no jeans or tennis shoes, please.
  • Auditions are closed. Only judge and competitor are allowed in the room.
  • The festival is open to residents of Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois.
  • Students may enter more than one Sonatina/Sonata entry.
  • Festival is held at Rhapsody Arts Center, 1031 North Edge Tr., Verona. Directions will be sent upon receipt of entry.

Directions to Rhapsody Arts Center

We are located at 1031 North Edge Trail, Verona, in the Prairie Oaks Center on the north side of Verona. The nearest main intersection is Hwy M (Main St) and Cross Country Road. We are just west of Reddan Soccer Park.
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Billings Piano Gallery of Madison

Billings Piano Gallery of Madison is Wisconsin’s premier piano dealer. Featuring Steinway & Sons, Boston, and Essex as well as quality rebuilt, used, and digital pianos, our gallery offers a wide variety of instruments to meet the needs of every player. Experience the difference just one-quarter mile east of West Towne Mall on Mineral Point Road.

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Grant Billings of Steinway Gallery of Madison, Festival Sponsor

Grant Billings of Billings Gallery of Madison, Festival Sponsor

Winners, age 11 and under

Winners, age 12 and up

Winners, age 12 and up