The purpose of the Junior Bach Festival is “to cultivate knowledge and understanding of Bach’s music, as well as to celebrate it. Through festivals, lectures, master classes, recitals and concerts [it offers] many opportunities for musical growth to the best of Southern California’s young instrumentalists and vocalists” (SCJBF.org).
Complete instructions for registration are given at scjbf.org under “Registration and Announcements.” You will also find the Current Rules and Guidelines on the website.
Winners in the Branch Festival may perform at the Regional Festival, held later that Spring. They must perform the same repertoire they chose for the Branch Festival.
Regional Festival winners may enter the Fall 2013 Complete Works Audition only if they have chosen music from the Complete Works Listing. They must perform the same music in the same category that they performed for the Branch and Regional Festivals, but complete, as indicated on the Complete Works Listing.
Repertoire: Music by any Baroque composer may be performed at the Branch Festival. However, to be considered for the Regional Festival, only music by J. S. Bach may be played. Also excluded from the Regional Festival is music from the AMB Notebook 113-132 and transcriptions other than those made by J.S. Bach himself from his own works.
Temecula Branch Festival Date: April 13th, 2013
Location: Temecula Public Library
Cost: The exact cost has not been posted, but it is usually $20-$30 for each festival. There is a fee every step of the festival, so if you win and decide to go on to the next stage, you must pay again.
Registration Deadline: In order for me to start selecting appropriate music for you, and for you to start practicing, you need to let me know by Oct 31, together with $20 registration fee (if the Branch festival fee turns out to be higher, I will let you know and you can pay the difference later, if it is lower, I will refund the difference).
Who should participate: I encourage everyone who wants to play the music of J.S. Bach to participate in the Branch festival. While not everyone will be selected to go on to the regional festival, it is always valuable for students to have feedback from judges, gain performance experience, and learn from listening to others in recital. It should be noted that students are not being divided into age groups, so all ages compete together – only separated by the different types of works, e.g., Inventions, Preludes and Fugues, Suites, etc. This means it is very difficult for young students to win, as they may be competing with students that are much older. The goal should be to learn and enjoy the music of Bach – if selected to go on to the next stage, great, if not, all is not lost, and students should not be discouraged.
The following students have signed up to perform in the following upcoming events:
TVMTA Fall Recital – Oct 13
Students performing: Abi and Anna Ingram, Ron Lycan, Catherine, Claire and John Howard
MTAC Halloween Recital – Oct 27
Students performing: Maggie Collera, Ron Lycan, Cecilia Lopez, Shania Jin, Jonathan Lee
CAPMT Solo and Ensemble Auditions – Nov 10
Students performing: Catherine Howard, Claire and John Howard, Maggie Liu
MTAC Sonata Festival – Nov 10
Students performing: Alexa Willis, Fallon Mieseler, Catherine Howard, John and Claire Howard, Maggie Liu, Maggie Collera, Kaitlyn Hetsko, Ron Lycan, Sam and Thien-Sa Luyen, Emma Erickson, Hudson and Hunter Erickson, Jonathan Lee, Rachel Hong, Anna Stone, Andreas Schaefer, Kanako Suzuki