In the spring, the Conejo Valley Branch of the Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC), in affiliation with the Southern California Junior Bach Festival (SCJBF), holds a Junior Bach Festival. The Junior Bach Festival is a series of competitive recitals featuring exclusively the keyboard music of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 -1750).
Southern California Junior Bach Festival
$12.00 – $32.00
1 Avenida de los Arboles, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Saturday, April 6, 2019 10:30am – 7:00pm
The Conejo Valley MTAC Junior Bach Festival participants perform their Bach selection in recital, and for a panel of three SCJBF judges, who “will select at least thirty-five percent” of the recitalists to perform in the Bach Regional Festival held annually in the city of Ventura.
Performing at the Bach Regionals are the festival winners from SCJBF Region 1, comprised of the Conejo Valley, Kern, Pleasant Valley-Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Santa Clarita branches of the MTAC. At the Regional Festival, three SCJBF judges “will select forty-five percent” of the participants to receive a special award. From the Bach Regional winners, those students who perform repertoire from the SCJBF Complete Works Audition list will move on to compete in the prestigious SCJBF’s Complete Works Audition.
At the Complete Works Audition a gold, silver, and bronze medalist will be chosen from each of the twenty-seven categories of Bach’s repertoire found on the SCJBF’s Complete Works Audition list. All medalists will receive their awards at a special “Memorial Award Program” where the gold medalists will be presented in recital by the SCJBF. As an additional honor, the gold medalist will also appear on the “SCJBF Honors Program” held in the fall during the Los Angeles Bach Festival.
Junior Bach Festivals, for young pianists, are held by MTAC branches throughout Southern California. Organists, strings, winds, and voice students are eligible to participate in the SCJBF “All-Branch Regional Festivals” run directly by the SCJBF. For more information about the “All-Branch Regional Festivals” and about the SCJBF visit http://www.scjbf.org.