Unlike the previous year where the auditions were held virtually, our chapter was able to hold in-person auditions at Scripps Miramar Ranch Library’s spacious Community Room equipped with a stage and a 7-ft Schimmel grand piano. It was exciting to see music students perform in-person once again.
There were 5 teams for the Ensemble Auditions, with piano, violin, cello, and guzheng as their instruments. Each of the nine student pianists for the PIano Auditions performed 3 pieces, 2 memorized solos and the 3rd piece either another solo or a piano duet. The auditions were adjudicated by pianist, teacher, and clinician, Heidi Lee Kim, NCTM, CAPMT Certification Chair and CAPMT District 8 Director.
For everyone’s safety, everyone wear masks inside the performance hall; the piano was disinfected between players, and students’ hands were likewise sanitized before playing. All attendees signed and submitted COVID waiver forms as mandated by CAPMT and MTNA. Students were graded from 1-5, with those receiving a score of 5-,5, and 5+ invited to perform at CAPMT Southern Festival on January 8, 2022. The students did their performances very well and the supportive audience were generous in giving the appreciation to their commendable efforts.