The Honors Recital is designed to provide incentives and recognition to talented, motivated students who can prepare for auditions superbly and are confident enough to perform in public in a formal setting. A less rigorous challenge than the spring Piano Competition, the Honors Recital allows students/teachers to choose the repertoire they wish to present.
For the 2021 Honors Recital, auditions will be conducted via video submissions. Soloists will submit two video performances, one for each piece they have chosen. Ensembles submit only one. Dates, deadlines and additional information related to this event can be found on the printable pdf: Honors Recital Video Auditions 2021 in the Forms/Download section of the MEA website. Specific instructions will also be emailed to the teachers after they have submitted the online Honors Recital Application Form. The MEA Calendar also lists the audition and recital dates for the current year.
Before completing the Application Form, please read the complete Honors Recital Guidelines and Regulations below.
Students enter in one of the three categories listed below. Age ranges, time limits, and minimum difficulty levels are indicated for each category. The levels follow those of the spring non-competitive MEA Annual Auditions, but the Honors Recital auditions are completely separate.
|Category||Age||Total Performance Time||Level|
|Solo||Category I||Thru Age 10||7 minutes or less||Intermediate C of the MEA Auditions Syllabus|
|Solo||Category II||Ages 11 – 14||10 minutes or less
6 minute time limit for one piece
|Pre-Senior B of the MEA Audition Syllabus|
|Solo||Category III||Ages 15 – 18||12 minutes or less
6 minute time limit for one piece
|Senior B of the MEA Audition Syllabus|
|Ensemble||All categories||All ages||6 minutes or less|
In accordance with the 2020 Annual Auditions Syllabus, original compositions and student arrangements are allowed, as long as they are notated and correspond to the appropriate level. Simplified arrangements, other than artistic arrangements, such as those by Busoni, Liszt, or Rachmaninoff, are not permitted. Repertoire previously presented at the non-competitive spring Annual Auditions is permitted.
Repertoire from the immediate past or upcoming Piano Competition syllabuses are not permitted in either solo or ensemble auditions.
Repeats are permitted only if they do not exceed the time limit.
No repertoire changes will be permitted once the application form is submitted. Any changes will result in disqualification.
Students are required to perform only one piece, with a time limit of 6 minutes for all levels. The piece must be for one piano, for 4 or 6 hands. Memorization is optional for ensembles.
Students do not have to be the same age to audition as an ensemble. The ages of the students will be averaged, if necessary, for placement in the appropriate category. For example, if an ensemble is made up of a 10 and a 12-year-old, the students must play repertoire appropriate to Category II, for ages 11-14.
Honors Recital Application
To apply and pay online, log in to your Member Homepage. The Honors Recital Application can be found in the right-hand column under interactive Member Documents.
Applications will not be accepted by regular mail, email or phone.
Girls: A dress, formal skirt or long dress pants with blouse, sweater or appropriate top, and dress SHOES. Dresses and skirts should reach or cover the knees when seated. No jangly bracelets for loose-fitting jewelry.
Boys: A suit or dress pants and dress shirt, sweater or sports coat, and dress SHOES. Ties are optional.
T-shirts, jeans, sneakers, flip-flops or other casual attire are NOT permitted.
Students must check in at least 10 minutes before their scheduled audition time. There will be no opportunity to warm up, although students may try out the piano before they begin their audition.
The original score(s) should be presented to the judges at the beginning of the audition. No photocopies are allowed, but printouts of legally downloaded music are accepted.
Students will perform before two judges and must receive a rating of "Honors" from both judges in order to perform in the recital. Only grades of Honors and Honorable Mention will be given.
Judges have the right to stop the audition or cut portions of the pieces to stay on schedule if the performance exceeds the time limit.
There is no limit to the number of students chosen from each age group. Selection will be made solely on the basis of the quality and merits of the performance.
The judges will select the one piece each Honors student will perform in the Recital.
Notification of results: Teachers will be notified of the results by email within two days following the audition date. Only Honors or Honorable Mention will be awarded. Please do not contact the judges, committee members or Chair for results. The judges’ decisions are final.
Awards: All participating students will receive the judges’ evaluations and a lovely certificate awarding Honors or Honorable Mention. Honors winners will also receive trophies after their performance at the recital.
Students and parents should keep the recital date free of other commitments until they learn of the audition results; winners are expected to perform in the scheduled Honors Recital. Honors winners who have failed to perform in recitals the two previous years are not eligible to compete.
Teachers, please make sure your Honors winners and their families are aware of the following:
All performers should arrive at least 15 minutes before recital time and check in. They will be given instructions on where to sit and the order of performance.
Performers must come appropriately dressed. Please refer to the required Dress Code.
Awards: The Honors winners will be presented trophies after their performance at the recital. Winners who do not perform will receive a certificate only.
Students and families/guests are requested to stay for the entire recital to encourage proper courtesy at concerts, to support all the performers — and to enjoy the wonderful music! Please keep in mind that very small children may not be able to be attentive for a complete recital.
Any additional questions? Please email Charlene Step, Honors Recital Chair: HonorsRecital@mea-nj.org
Honors Recital Committee
Ruth Pasquariello, Registrar