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 either in adjudication or in 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.

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 Showcase Recital, students must receive a Superior performance rating, and pass the written theory exam with a score of 85% or higher. 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 (i.e. paid BEFORE August 31).

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.

Adjudications: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Showcase Recital: Sunday, October 15, 2017
(Recital times: 3pm if one recital; 2:00 and 3:30 if two recitals.
Check with your teacher Saturday evening!)

LOCATION: Atonement Lutheran Church, 5 Wyomissing Blvd., Wyomissing PA 19610
Directions - CLICK HERE

Teachers should be on-site by 8:30 am!! Theory room opens 8:45 am.
Refer to Teacher Information sheet for complete instructions.

Local DSPF Chair:  Theresa Cocci
Scheduling Coordinator for 2017:  Millie Eben
2052 Cleveland Ave., Reading 19609 | 610-370-2831 |

Please inform Terry by September 8th of your intent to participate and an estimated number of students.

Registration Deadline to Millie Eben, Noon, Friday, September 29. All forms and payment due. ONE teacher check payble to RMTA. Email the Studio Summary to Millie. Postal mail or drop off the rest of the documents. Refer to Teacher Info Sheet for complete instructions. 

Registration Fee:
        $20 for first solo performance 
        $15 for each additional instrument or sibling performance
        $15 per ensemble performance (total)
        $25 additional for a non-member student participating in an ensemble 

Regarding ensembles of 2-4 members:  The registration fee is "PER ENSEMBLE"  not per person.  Ensemble members share the fee.

FORMS - click to download

    Student Information

    Teacher Information

    Studio Summary - This is an xls file.  When you click the link, it will download onto your desktop.  Do NOT convert to pdf before sending it to the chair.  Email it as an xls file! CLICK HERE to see a sample Studio Summary form.

    Rating Sheet

    Theory test content

    Photo Copy Release 

In an effort to encourage participation of our youngest students, there is NO minimum length for the local auditions.  Repeats are allowed and encouraged with appropriate changes in dynamics, register, etc.  (This is different from the State event. Refer to the STATE DSPF website for specific state requirements.)

Simplifications and arrangements are NOT acceptable at the intermediate and advanced levels for solo performance.

2017 STATE DSPF - Saturday, November 4, 2017
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana PA
Registration Window: Friday, October 1 thru 3:00 pm October 16, 2017
Members register their own students using the online registration system.  Fees paid by credit card or Paypal.  For information on the State DSPF, go to the 
PMTA website.  


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