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Inspire your students

Sonatina Festival 2023!
Sunday, February 26, 2023  9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Registration deadline
11:59 p.m., Thursday, February 9, 2023
for both online and mailed-in registrations
(please mail entries by Monday, February 6 for arrival by Thursday, February 9)
Online registration is preferred.


Repertoire:   Any single sonata or sonatina movement. Two short movements are acceptable if total time is under 4:30 minutes. Published excerpts and arrangements can be accepted.  All selections must be memorized.  Original scores must be provided on the evaluation day. 

Location:  Community Music School of Webster University; for GPS use address 8282 Big Bend Boulevard.

Parking:  Enter parking lot K on the left. CMS building on the south end of parking lot.  Note: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis has a 2:00 p.m. show on Sunday, February 26, 2023. Parking will not be allowed in lot K  after 1:00 p.m., but students may be dropped  


Alternate date: Saturday, February 25, 2023

Location:  Dorsett Arts Studio (behind Steinway gallery),

2612 Metro Blvd., Maryland Heights, MO 63043,

Note: Saturday time slots are available ONLY to those for whom the following apply:

  • Church commitment that cannot be rearranged

  • Required school or sporting event (not regular practice)

  • Serious at risk health situation, such as autoimmune disease


Otherwise, we assume festival participants are available all day, Sunday, February 26, 2023 from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


To encourage COVID safety procedures we request that 1 parent only bring the child to the contest venue.  Teachers will not come to the building other than for their assigned monitoring time.  Parent or colleague may substitute for a teacher as monitor. 



Registration: online registration forms are below.  Online registration is preferred, but if you need to mail paper forms, please print out the forms and mail them to Vera Parkin at the address listed below postmarked by February 6, 2023.  This is consistent with other SLAMTA/ MMTA and MTNA events.*  Payment is thru the PayPal link below. 


Each teacher will complete:

1)  One  Sonata-Sonatina Festival Registration Form  listing all participants, age and approximate length of piece. To encourage participation, there is no limit to the number of students each teacher may enter. Click on the link below to download the fillable form and email it to Vera Parkin at   

2)  Fill out one judge form per student (section 1 only) and submit.


Registration fee remains $20 per student for 2023.  You may pay this through the PayPal link below. Reference "Sonatina 2023" in the memo line.  


* To register manually, print the forms below, complete and mail in a 9X12 envelope with all paperwork to:


Vera Parkin

141 E. Dunn St. 

Edwardsville, IL     62025


Note: Online registration is preferred as indicated above. Last year we experienced many delays with the USPS, and even lost forms. 

  • All payments must go through PayPal.  

  • This is a live event; we are not accepting video submissions. 


Following the competition, packets with Judges' sheets and medals/ribbons will be available at Midwest Sheet Music outside during business hours as of Monday, February 27, 2023. 


For 2024:  SLAMTA has a strong desire to add a string component to the Sonatina festival. This is both to give our string members more events for their students, and  to attract more string members. Given that sonatinas don't represent the role in string pedagogy that they do for pianists, we will poll our SLAMTA string members in coming months to see what would be most useful. The Sonatina Festival is not a competition, and focuses on students below the advanced level. We wish to keep that as part of the Festival mission.  Still it can evolve to best serve our membership. 


Questions, concerns or issues, contact:  or text 618-830-4948

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