This is Festival season, and everyone is getting ready to play solos and duets for the Federation judges! We’re also taking theory tests. Everything is online again due to the pandemic. Everyone is making a video of each of their pieces and then uploading them to YouTube! The judges will write a comment sheet and give each student a rating. The best rating is “Superior”, which gives you 5 points towards your Gold Cup. The next rating is “Excellent”, which gives you 4 points to accumulate for your Gold Cup, and so on. Students can get Gold Cups in any of the categories they participate in, whether it be solo, duet, theory, voice, or concerto. The NFMC has many more categories than what is listed here; you can even participate in the festival with other instruments! The Federation festival is a great motivator for all the students to prepare for each year!
Picture of a 15 point gold cup and a 30 point gold cup