Dorothy Sutton Preliminaries
The Dorothy Sutton Preliminary auditions will be held on Sunday, October 15, 2017, at West Chester University from 1:00 PM until 6:30 PM. Fees are as follows:

Deadline will be Monday, October 02, 2017 at 2:53 PM. In order to enroll students, teachers must pay all local, state, and national dues by Aug. 30, 2017. Teachers may refer to the PMTA website located at   for more details and entry forms.

Students are required to play two compositions. No arranged music is permitted. Music for the elementary level should be contrasting in style. Intermediate and advanced levels should be from two different periods of music history. Performance time may not exceed fifteen minutes.

All students are required to take a theory exam by 5:00 on the day of the audition. Theory test information is located on the PMTA website under DSPF.

Note: Ensemble music will also be screened at the local level. Ensembles should play selections from two different style periods of music.

Ensemble music will also be screened at the local level. There are no repertoire requirements for ensemble music. More detailed theory test information is found here .

To enter students in the local preliminary auditions

There are two ways to register students.

Online -- (preferred) registration is available on the MLMTA website here. Online registration deadline is Monday, October 02, 2017 The festival administrator must have your current email address, or you will not receive information regarding your registration. If you have a time request, please allow a 1 hour time frame. Indicate siblings using the term “groups.” Please watch the video on Festival Registration to make the process clear.

The Paper registration forms are on page 24 of the handbook or are available from Donna Beech. . The deadline for registration by mail is Monday, October 02, 2017 .


Make out one check, payable to MLMTA, to cover all student entry fees (see fee structure above). These fees are non-refundable. Mail the forms and check to Donna Beech postmarked no later than 2:53 PM on Monday, October 02, 2017. Teachers registering students online must send the check through the mail.

Local auditions results will indicate if the student may proceed to the state level as a participant in a showcase recital where he/she will receive a gold medal. The Dorothy Sutton Showcase Recital will be held Saturday, November 04, 2017 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

To enroll students in the showcase recital

Registration for the showcase recital is only available online. Since this is a state event, registration is on the PMTA website, not the MLMTA website. Registration must be completed by each individual teacher for their eligible students. Please check the PMTA website for more info.

Online registration will begin on Sunday, October 01, 2017 and close on Monday, October 16, 2017.

Make one check payable to PMTA to cover showcase recital fee ($13.00 per student and $20.00 per ensemble).

New: Teachers must pay online using Paypal or credit card. No checks will be accepted.

Enrolling students in the concerto and ensemble festival

The Concerto and Ensemble festival is a state event. Please direct all questions and fees to Theresa Smith,
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