The Preliminaries for the Twin Cities area were held Saturday, January 30, and Sunday, January 31, 2010, at Bethel University in Arden Hills.
To qualify for the State Piano Competition, pianists must be a piano student of a MMTA teacher for at least three months prior to the competition.
Earlier in the fall, each student selected a piece from the MMTA contest list based on their age category. There are eight age categories ranging from Pre-Primary (6 years and younger) through Senior B (19-20 years old.)
For the Preliminaries, the piano student performed their memorized piece in front of a MMTA judge, who wrote up a critique of their performance. Based on the critiques, the top performers are eligible to participate in the Finals round of the Competition.
Finals for the State Piano Competition will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 13-14, 2010, at the University of Minnesota.
The procedure for Finals is the same as the Preliminaries. The piano student performs his or her memorized piece in front of a MMTA judge. The top performers from Finals will be selected to perform at the Honors Concert at Northrop Auditorium.
With more than 5,000 young pianists competing in the State Piano Competition state-wide, it is quite an honor to be selected to perform in the Honors Concert.
The State Honors Concert is a gala event with more than 700 piano students from all over the state of Minnesota. On stage will be twenty grand pianos with students sitting two at a piano playing in ensemble groups. It is an exciting event for both piano students and audience members.
This year's Honor Concert will be held at the University of Minnesota on June 12, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. in the Northrop Auditorium.
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