The Arch Cup was founded by Caroline Hixson and is open to students from Saint Louis studios. Students of all ages play one memorized piece for a judge. Each student will receive adjudication comments and a rating (Gold, Silver, Bronze). Depending on the rating students may receive a trophy, ribbon, or certificate.
The National Federation of Music Clubs Junior Festival is a great opportunity for all students. K-12 students 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.
K-12 students 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. All K-12 students must participate in both recitals.
Adult students 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.
K-12 students play a program of repertoire in addition to keyboard skills. Students are evaluated on individual merit in the areas of accuracy, continuity, phrasing, pedaling, dynamics, rhythm, tempo, tone, interpretation, style, and technique.
Rally is not currently offered in Missouri, but all it takes is 1 student who is interested. This event takes a full school year to prepare for.