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Sonatina 2018

18th Annual Sonatina Festival – for ALL ages & instruments!
Saturday, November 3, 2018  throughout the day at Rhapsody Arts Center, Verona WI
Recital Sunday, November 11, 2018   6:30pm  at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Madison WI
Hope to see you there!


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

The 18th 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, levels, and instruments. We hope to see you in Verona on November 3 for this exciting day of music-making!

What do we mean by “sonatina?”

Registration has ended for the 2018 festival. Contact us with questions.

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  • 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 on Sunday November 11, 6:30pm at Covenant Presbyterian, the alternate will be invited to perform. Decisions of the adjudicators are 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).
  • Entrants will play one movement of a selected Sonatina or Sonata without repeats, ON ANY INSTRUMENT. 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.). See What do we mean by “sonatina?” for further guidance.
  • 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 performance bow is not 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 recital is held at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 326 South Segoe Road, Madison WI.

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Photos from 2017 Sonatina Festival

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Questions?  Email us at sonatina@rhapsodyarts.org