Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival

Begun in 1980 by Dorothy Sutton, the Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival is an opportunity for the talented music student to participate in a State Festival Showcase Recital. To assure high standards, the student must first qualify in Local Preliminary Auditions, and must also demonstrate a minimal knowledge of music theory by passing a written theory exam with a minimum score of 85%.

DSPF Local Preliminary Auditions

General Guidelines: Students will perform two contrasting selections for one judge, and will taken a written theory test. To be eligible to perform in the LOCAL Showcase Recital, students must receive a Superior performance rating. (This is different from the State event. Refer to the STATE DSPF website for state requirements.) Pianists and vocalists must perform by memory. Memory not required for instrumentalists and organists.

  • Teacher Eligibility: RMTA teachers must have paid their local/state/national dues for the current year prior to submitting applications.
  • Student Eligibility: Participating students must study with an RMTA member in good standing prior to audition date, and must reside in Pennsylvania. Adult students may participate in the local auditions.
  • Recital Qualification: An overall Superior rating is given if BOTH selections are deemed performance ready by the judge the day of the event.

LOCAL SOLO PIANO REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS: In an effort to encourage participation of our youngest students, there is no minimum length for repertoire for the local auditions. (This is different from the State event. Refer to the STATE DSPF website for state requirements.) Repeats are allowed and encouraged with appropriate changes in dynamics, register, etc. However, simplifications and arrangements are NOT acceptable at the intermediate and advanced levels for solo performance.

2022 DSPF

  • Online Registration window: October 1 through Noon, October 9, 2022
  • Adjudications: Saturday, October 22, 2022
  • Showcase Recital: Sunday, October 23, 2022
  • Local DSPF Chair: TBD
  • Chair contact:
  • Location: Immanual UCC, 99 S. Waverly St., Shillington PA 19607

Registration Fees:

  • $25 for each solo performance

2022 Event Forms

DSPF Registration Pages

For information on the State DSPF, visit the PMTA website. The Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival State Showcase will occur in person on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at Kutztown University!

Registration Window: Online registration for the State Showcase recitals will open on Monday, October 10, and will close on Sunday, October 23 2022. Members must register their own students using the online registration system via the PMTA website. Fees paid by credit card or Paypal.

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