Rhapsody Arts Center

Sonatina Festival

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Save the Date!

17th Annual Sonatina Festival
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Hope to see you there!


The 2016 Sonatina Festival is Sponsored by Madison Pianos


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


The 16th 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 students of all ages and levels. We hope to see you in Verona on November 12 for this exciting day of music-making!


  • Festival Entry Fee: $24 per student (non-refundable)
  • Judges will award trophies to one-third of the performers in each age category. Judges will also name a chosen recitalist as well as an alternate in each category. In the event the recitalist is unable to perform at the Festival Recital, the alternate will be invited to perform. Decision of the adjudicator is final.
  • Students will play with other entrants in their age group. Duets, adults, and teaching professionals are also eligible to participate.
  • Memorization is required (except for adults, duets, and teaching professionals). A sample adjudication form can be found at www.sonatinafestival.org. Note: This form is completely revised from previous years.
  • Entrants will play one movement of a selected Sonatina or Sonata without repeats. Students not yet ready for a classical sonatina may enter a piece in Rondo, Binary, Rounded Binary, or Ternary form. To further explore the vast repertoire, performance of works by lesser-known composers is encouraged (J.C. Bach, Kabalevsky, Scarlatti, Dussek, Cimarosa, Biehl, Gurlitt, Bartok, Lichner, Diabelli, etc.).
  • Entrants must provide an original score for the judge with measures numbered. No photocopies will be allowed.
  • Appropriate performance attire is required—no jeans or tennis shoes, please.
  • A bow is no longer required.
  • Auditions are closed. Only the judge and the entrant are allowed in the room.
  • The festival is held at Rhapsody Arts Center, 1031 North Edge Trail, Verona WI.
  • The Festival Recital featuring performers selected by the adjudicator(s) will be held Saturday, November 19, time 1:30pm at Sun Prairie United Methodist, 702 North St, Sun Prairie, WI 53590. Trophies will be awarded at the recital. Teachers may pick up their student packets and unclaimed trophies after the recital, or at Rhapsody Arts Center on Monday, November 21.

Printable Documents

Photos from 2016 Sonatina Festival

Photos from previous Sonatina Festivals

Questions?  Email us at sonatina@rhapsodyarts.org