Student Events


SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Graves Piano & Organ Company – 5798 Karl Road, Columbus 43229
Audition times will not be assigned until after registration closes.
All participants must be available to audition at any time between 10:00a and 5:30p.

Graves Piano & Organ Company – 5798 Karl Road, Columbus 43229

OCTOBER 19, 2019
Westerville North High School – Times TBA

Pianorama is a multi-piano ensemble event held every two years. Elementary through advanced students perform duets in one of nine groups, determined by playing level. Participating students learn how to follow a conductor while gaining valuable audition, rehearsal, and concert experience.

Atkinson Piano Studio Holiday Recital

Sunday, December 8, 2019 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Graves Piano & Organ Company  
Fee:  Free

Students perform two or more memorized pieces.  One of the pieces may be a Holiday selection

National Federation

Saturday, March 7th & 14th, 2020 Times Vary
Otterbein University & Capital University
Fee:  $17.00 per event per student

For the Federation Festival, each student prepares two pieces to play for a panel of between one and three judges. One piece must be chosen from a graded repertoire list whose borders between levels overlap a bit. The second piece may be the student's choice, but must be by a different composer and on a comparable level with the required piece. Students do not compete against each other; rather they are judged on a five-tiered scale, with the following ratings: Superior, Excellent, Very Good, Good and Fair.

Notice that the emphasis in these ratings accentuates the positive. "Superior" does not connote "amazing technical virtuosity" as much as it means that the performance was accurate in terms of notes, rhythms and style - in short, that the student has mastered the music well when considering the student's age and the difficulty of the pieces.

Judges fill out a form for each student which has sections for all aspects of performance, including accuracy, technique, musicianship and poise. Judges are instructed to make constructive comments - positive and negative. In fact, if a student receives less than a superior mark the judge must explain why. If the judges give a student different ratings, the student will be awarded the higher rating if the ratings are adjacent or the average if the ratings differ by two levels.

Students receive points for the ratings they receive, and their records are kept on file by the local festival chair. As the students accumulate points each year, they can receive gold cups for each event in which they have participated if their teacher is enrolled in the gold cup program.  Students receive their first gold cup after earning 15 points.  A Superior rating is 5 points, so it takes at least 3 years to earn the first gold cup.

Students also take a written theory exam and receive a score.  They can receive a gold cup trophy in this event also after earning 15 points.  

National Guild

April - May 2020 Dates & Times to be determined
Graves Piano & Organ Company
Fee:  Varies according to level & program ($33.00 - $40.00 per student)

The primary function of the National Guild is to establish definite goals and awards in noncompetitive auditions for students of all levels, from the earliest beginner to the gifted prodigy. With the exception of our "special" programs, teachers have the flexibility to choose all repertoire for student auditions. Students are judged on individual merit, by a well-qualified music professional, in the areas of accuracy, continuity, phrasing, pedaling, dynamics, rhythm, tempo, tone, interpretation, style, and technique. Our purpose is to encourage growth and enjoyment through the study of piano.

Atkinson Piano Studio Spring Recital Thursday, May 14, 2019 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Graves Piano & Organ Company
Fee:  Free

Students perform two or more pieces.