“KOOLFEST MTAC!” is a popular-music event which promotes “pop” musical styles, such as jazz, ragtime, new age, rock and musical theater, usually of the 20th and 21st century. A pop rendition of a classical piece would also qualify under this category. Students of all disciplines and at all levels are provided an opportunity to perform before a live audience and be critiqued by a qualified judge.

  • Who may enter: Students of all levels.
  • Deadline to apply: 11:59 PM, Saturday, May 2, 2020.  Koolfest Application link
  • Fee: $14.00 per performer.
  • Date and Time: Sunday, May 17, 2020,  2:00-7:00 p.m.  Exact time may vary.
  • Location: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1 Avenida de los Arboles, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Repertoire Requirements:

  1. Time limit: Four minutes. A student may play more than one piece by either the same or a different composer as long as the combined time does not exceed 4 minutes.
  2. Musical allowed: Including but not limited to the following styles: folk, spiritual, ragtime, jazz, new age, rock, country, musical theatre, videogame, film, etc. Students may perform their own compositions as well. Contact the chairperson with questions regarding repertoire selections.
  3. Memorization: Students are encouraged to play pieces from memory; however, music may be used as required. If music is original or improvisational, a sketch or musical outline may be used as needed.

Dress and Decorum: No shorts, t-shirts or bluejeans or white athletic shoes. Students may wear stylish popular clothing as appropriate to the period and type of music being presented. For example, a bowler hat and vest would be appropriate for a ragtime performer.

Special Instructions: Students are to number the first measure of each line of their music or lead-sheet and bring it to the performance for the judge’s use. If your music is not written (i.e., if you are going to improvise), please provide the judge with a simple outline of your idea. For example, “I am going to play blues in F. I call it: “My Rainy-Day Blues.

Arrival time: no less than fifteen minutes prior to his or her group’s start time.

Venue Information

 Alton Hall, United Methodist Church
1049 S. Westlake Blvd, Westlake Village, CA, 91361

Sunday, May 17, 2020
2:00 – 7:00 pm
Time may vary.

The venue is on the corner of Mountclef and Avenida de los Arboles.

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