Student Events

In addition to studio recitals, students have the opportunity to perform in various events in the Saint Louis area.

*Arch Cup (Webster University)

The Arch Cup was founded by Caroline Hixson and is open to students from Saint Louis piano and violin studios. Students play one memorized piece for a judge. Each student will receive adjudication comments and a rating (Superior Plus, Superior, or Excellent). Depending on the rating students may receive a trophy, ribbon, or certificate.

All area piano and violin teachers are welcome! Teachers interested in participating in the Arch Cup on Sunday, October 15 can find the info below:

*NFMC Festival (Lindenwood University)

The NFMC Junior Festival is a great opportunity for all students. Students will prepare two pieces for adjudication (one by an American composer, one choice piece). A judge will give written feedback in addition to a rating. The ratings include Superior (5 points), Excellent (4 points), Very Good (3 points), Good (2 points), and Fair (1 point). When a student accumulates 15 points a gold cup is awarded.

*Studio Recitals (Webster University Winifred Moore Auditorium)

Hixson Piano students have the opportunity to perform in two recitals per year. Recitals are very rewarding and are a wonderful opportunity to show off for friends and family. Performance classes are offered prior to recitals for students to play for each other and get acclimated to performing.

Adult students are able to participate in two ‘get-togethers’ per year. These are designed to be low-key events in which students can perform prepared pieces for other adult students.

MMTA District Auditions (St. Charles Community College)

Students play either 2 or 3 pieces (depending on age) for adjudication. Students receiving a I District rating may proceed to the State MMTA Honors Auditions. The MMTA Honors declares a winner, runner-up and honorable mentions and gives numerical ratings at the State auditions.

Playathon (Galleria)

Occurring at the end of November, students may perform pieces from any style, including holiday music. Though this is a very public forum, students are permitted to use their music if necessary, which makes the Playathon a more low-key than other events.

SLAMTA Monster Piano Concert

The Monster Piano Concert is a unique performing experience for students, friends and family of SLAMTA members.  The event features multiple performers on multiple grand pianos simultaneously playing ensemble repertoire with a conductor. 

Sonata-Sonatina Contest

Students perform one movement of a Sonata or Sonatina for adjudication. All students receive a certificate and a rating.