SMTA Sponsored Events

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Click to find out more about the following SMTA events and programs.

  • Simon-Fiset Competitions

    The Simon-Fiset Scholarship Competitions encourage young musicians to continue the serious study of music and to acknowledge and award exceptional ability, application and accomplishments in the areas of composition, piano, string instruments, and wind instruments.

    Simon-Fiset Piano
    Chair: Soonmee Kim
    February 3 & 4, 2018
    Cornish College, PONCHO Hall
    710 E Roy St., Seattle, WA 98102

    Simon-Fiset Strings
    Chair: Jan Coleman
    March 5, 2018; Queen Anne Presbyterian Church
    414 W Howe St., Seattle, WA 98119.

    Simon-Fiset Composition
    Chair: GraceAnn Cummings
    Results willbe announced in April
    Honors Recital:  May 2018, Location TBD

    Eligibility: Students ages 5-18, who have not graduated from high school. All students who participate in Simon-Fiset Piano must also participate in Adjudications to be considered for the state honors recital.

    Awards: Awards include monetary winnings, selection to represent the local chapter at state honors recitals, and/or selection and recognition at a local winners recital.

    Learn More 

  • Dorothy Woodcock Programs

    The Dorothy Woodcock committee meets each year to make recommendations for the utilization of the generous donation the chapter received from Dorothy Woodcock’s estate in 2008. In addition to supporting the two programs below, this fund supports in part many chapter recitals, the two festivals, and the new Teacher Performance Showcases. Also, it helps to cover administrative costs for SMTA.

    National Certification Stipend
    Chair: Tallman Welle
    Encouraging and supporting SMTA teachers in obtaining their National Certification is a priority for SMTA. For this reason, this year SMTA will offer five $100 Stipends to teachers who have completed their National Certification.

    MusicLink Teachers Stipends
    Chair: Amanda Snell
    MusicLink stipends applications will re-open in November, 2018.
    This year four $500 Dorothy Woodcock MusicLink Teaching Stipends were awarded on a first-come first-serve basis to SMTA teachers who were registered through MusicLink and actively teaching students registered through MusicLink. (Please note that teachers are eligible for one stipend per year regardless of how many MusicLink students they are teaching.) The teaching stipend contributes to the MusicLink teacher’s reduced income since the MusicLink Foundation is not able to reimburse teachers for teaching at half of their normal fee. The first-come first-serve application period will open again in November and close when funds are exhausted. Stipend application details can be found on the SMTA website under the “For Teachers” tab.

    Teacher Education Grant

    Chair: Katie O’Rourke

    The Dorothy Woodcock Teacher Education Grant assists teachers financially to attend workshops, lectures, master classes, or other learning situations. Excluded are degree programs and MTNA or affiliate sponsored programs or events. Grants are given for up to $150 per teacher per year for one event. There is a limit to the number of grants awarded annually. Click this link to apply online.

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  • SMTA October Festival

    2018 date TBA
    Chair: GraceAnn Cummings
    Cornish College of the Arts

    Eligibility: Open to all Seattle area music students.

    SMTA hosts this afternoon event in celebration of live performance as a dynamic exchange between artist and audience. This is a music festival for students of all ages, and of all levels of difficulty. This is a chance for students to perform free from competition and judges. Students not only perform their music for the audience, but also present commentary about their music to their listeners. Direct your questions and requests for info to

    Click to download the application. (MS Word file)

  • SMTA Student Recitals

    SMTA offers several different recital programs to provide performance experiences for well-prepared students of member teachers. Student recitals are also a wonderful way to showcase SMTA’s talented students and teachers. Teachers, students and parents of students, click to view this photo release and opt-out form prior to participating in one or more of the following events. (PDF file).

    • Adult Student Soirees; Sunday, Nov. 5th, 6:30 PM; Sunday, March, 18th, 6:30 PM and Sunday, May 20th, 6:30 PM. An opportunity for adult students to play for a small audience.  Soirees are casual, comfortable and held in private homes. Contact Martha Garrett, Chair, at
    • Recital programs for younger students typically occur in January, April and November.  Locations and event details to be announced once they become available.
  • SMTA Sonatina Festival

    April 28th, 1:30-4:00 PM, Wedgwood Presbyterian Church
    Co-Chairs: Janet Anderson and Marsha Wright

    SMTA hosts a Sonatina Festival to celebrate the creative variety of this musical form. Students of all ages perform solos, duos, and in ensembles of any size and makeup. Newly composed sonatinas are most welcome! Interesting information about the piece or composer is presented to the audience by the performers. No judging or ranking, but rather a chance to perform in a less formal setting for the entire community..

    The 2018 Sonatina Festival will be held on April 28th at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church in Seattle.  Please visit the Sonatina Festival Page for details. Registration has closed. Photo below of 2017 Sonatina Festival participants courtesy of Susan Lapidus.

  • Teachers Performance Showcases

    Partially funded by the generous gift from Dorothy Woodcock, these Showcase events will offer performance opportunities for SMTA teachers of all instruments. They will be held in a variety of Seattle-area locations from restaurants to recital venues, and will give SMTA members a chance to perform solo or in ensemble. SMTA wishes to highlight the wide range of musical genres and talents in our SMTA community of professionals.

    Next showcase: TBA

    Our last showcase was Sunday, February 11th. This performance featured SMTA members in an evening of jazz, original music, and love songs. Featured SMTA members were Eric Branner, Katie Levine and Evelyn Hartwell at the Skylark Cafe.

Washington State Level Sponsored Events

Music Artistry Program (formerly Adjudications)

Registration Period: December 5, 2017- January 5, 2018.
Event Dates: March 5-10, 2018
Co-chairs: Suzanne Grant and Jason Kuo

The Music Artistry Program (MAP) provides private master classes for member studios. Students of all ages and levels perform in a noncompetitive environment working one-on-one with highly respected Visiting Artists and receiving written comments and a certificate. It is a great motivational experience for students, and an excellent opportunity for teachers to get objective feedback, suggestions, and support. Our Seattle chapter organizes the Music Artistry Program for pianists; students of voice and other instruments may participate in the MAP in other local chapters. Registration and program information is available at

Questions? Contact Jason Kuo ( or Suzanne Grant (

Music Literacy Program (formerly Musicianship Exams)

Co-Chairs: Thom Stuart and Emily Black
The Music Literacy Program is designed to be a suggested curriculum of independent music study. This noncompetitive program consists of 10 progressive levels in five skill areas: Written Theory, Technique/Applied Theory, Rhythm, Listening and Sight-Playing. There is much flexibility in matching each skill area to the student’s ability. This curriculum is coupled with an annual assessment which provides valuable feedback for teachers, students and parents through a written evaluation and individual scores in each area. The program is open to students of all ages including adults.

Registration Dates: March 1 – April 1, 2018
Event Dates: May 5 and 6, 2018

The Literacy Program offers an opportunity for students to learn, refresh, and/or further their skills in the following areas:

  • sight reading (on piano)
  • keyboard scales, arpeggios, and basic chord progressions
  • rhythm and pulse development (clapping rhythms)
  • listening (basic ear training)
  • written exam of theory fundamentals


  • All students receive a Certificate of Participation.
  • Those who score 94% or higher on the Written Theory receive a gold seal on their certificate.
  • Students who score 98% or higher on the Written Theory receive the gold seal plus have their name (and teacher’s name) published in the WSMTA newsletter, The Clarion.

(No monetary prizes are associated with the Music Literacy Program.)

Registration has closed for 2018. Please contact Music Literacy Program chairs  Thom Stuart at, Emily Black at, or past chair RoseMarie Tamburri at for further information or questions.

Additional State Sponsored Events

  • As part of SMTA, you are also invited to partake in additional state programs such as District Conferences and State Conferences, through Washington State Music Teachers Association. For more information, please visit

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